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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1018  | August 27, 2014

*** NOTICE > Asiatic Clam Sightings - What you Need to Know (Acrobat PDF) ***  
*** ATTENTION BOATERS - Please Prevent Mussels From Invading Our Lakes ***
To prevent the destructive Quagga and Zebra mussels from potentially shutting down the water delivery system, EBRPD is asking all boaters to prevent the spread of mussels into East Bay reservoirs and lakes. Inspections include motorboats, rowboats, kayaks, canoes and float tubes.

If you are launching your own boat at Lake Chabot, Del Valle, Quarry Lakes or Contra Loma, be prepared for a mandatory boat inspection. There are no bands or inspections at Shadow Cliffs.


An Annual Invasive Inspection Permit is now available for $40.

Wet boats, motors or gear will be denied launching.Read more...  

Attention Anglers - EBRPD Fishing Rules

  1. DO NOT LET YOUR DOG EAT RAW TROUT/SALMON as they may be infected with a parasitic disease which can be fatal to your pet.For more information call EBRPD at 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757) or (510) 635-0135.
  2. EBRPD recommends all bass be released.Please do not remove tags from bass. Record the tag number, length, and weight of the fish to include in your catch report.
  3. Please report your catches and turn in all retrieved tags from trout.
  4. All park hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. unless otherwise posted.
  5. Please remember to clean up any fouled line and bait containers. Wildlife can be injured or killed by fishing line!

Fish Thrive in Christmas Tree Reefs

Our underwater camera caught some Gamefish Swimming around a submerged Christmas tree reef created by our fisheries management staff and volunteers.

Please use the special fishing line disposal tubes at Del Valle, Lake Chabot and Shadow Cliffs.  
Recycling your broken fishing monofiliment helps protect wildlife.

FREE FISHING DAY is July 5! You do not need to have in possession a state fishing license or an East Bay Regional Park District fishing access permit to fish the Regional Parks lakes. All other rules and regulations apply.

General Activity


It’s been quiet windy this week with decent warm temperatures but the fish aren’t biting like they use to. Water temperature is at 77 degrees and it depends where you are for clarity; the docking area is about four feet and as you make your way out towards the Dam it’s about ten feet. Still getting reports of Shaker stripers, some keepers are being caught but they are still taking on the anchovies as their favorite bait at the Dam. Catfish are staying pretty hidden, but they are biting on anchovies, sardines or chicken liver around the Dam, Heron Bay, or even trying the Narrows might give you some luck. Smallmouth are about 20 feet below as noted by Doc Al’s report and Panther Martins have been their pick with the Smallies. You can also try using any soft plastics or deep diving lures around any rocky areas or underwater coverage. No signs of Largemouth or anything to be heard about them. Good luck to you anglers!

Landon and Noah
Leonard Levy
Nick Winters

Doc Al’s Fishing Report August 14, 2014
Al Hurwitz of Saratoga and Abbey Lev of Sunnyvale had a banner day, catching 33 Smallmouth bass and one nice catfish over the course of an eight hour day. The Smallmouth were mostly small in size, but there were about six of them weighing between 1-2 lbs. The fish were all caught on Silver Feathered Panther Martins, trolling 20 feet below the surface in a 25-40 foot water column. Almost all fish were caught along the western shore between Heron and Swallow Bays, while the catfish was caught in Swallow Bay. The Catfish was a good one, weighing ten lbs.; it surprised Abbey who was trolling a Panther Martin when it hit--the fish moved us around the boat quite a bit and took 10-12 minutes to bring in on the light tackle we were using. We had never caught a catfish trolling a Panther Martin before. Scent on the lures probably helps. Trolling speed 2-2.5 mph. Water temperature around 77 degrees at the surface, and water clarity excellent throughout the lake. For those who haven't tried it, put on a Feathered Panther Martin and get in down to a 20 foot level with split shot, keel sinkers, leaded line, or downriggers. The "Smallies" should give you quite a time! All the best, Dr. Al Hurwitz

NOTE: Use of Lead Fishing Tackle is Prohibited at Quarry Lakes
Download: Lead Fishing Tackle Awareness brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF


NOTE: Use of lead fishing tackle is prohibited at Quarry Lakes. Please come to the entry kiosk to exchange your lead weights for non-lead.

Fishing has been pretty slow the last couple of weeks at Quarry Lakes despite the 2,000 pounds of trout and catfish that were received!  On August 25, 2014, Chuck Turnipseed of Newark caught a 9.8-pound catfish!  He was using shrimp and was fishing to the right of the Peninsula Point.


Fishing at Temescal has been extremely slow. A few anglers are trying, but the catch is not happening very much.


Park Hours: For September is 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 6:00 p.m.

Reminder to boaters:  All watercraft (including float tubes) need to have a wearable Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (PFD) per person.  Children age 12 and under must wear personal floatation device (PFD) while the vessel is underway.

Fishing has been good.
- Catfish have been biting on nightcrawlers, anchovies, shrimp, or chicken liver at Channel Point or near the Swim Lagoon.
- Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake.
- Crappie and bluegill has been biting on jigs or worms at Loma Island or Channel Point area.  Anglers have been doing well fishing from a boat with artificial baits or lures.
- Trout fishing slowed down. Try using Power Bait or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake.

No Whoppers Reported


Bass and catfishing has been picking up. We will only be planting catfish from now through the end of summer. Bass fishing continues to keep anglers busy, with bass reported getting caught on a daily basis, largemouth bass have been pulled out of bass cove on plastics. Fishing from the shoreline has been doing extremely well too, but make sure to come early to claim your spot. If you are going out on a boat, some hot spots are around the island, Half Moon Bay, Indian Cove, also near Raccoon Point.  Water temperature is currently around 70 degrees with 5 feet visibility. The water level of the lake remains low, with plenty of shoreline due to a lack of rain this season.

When you bring in your big fish, we will take your picture and give you a “Lake Chabot Whopper Club” button. If you catch a whopper over 5 lbs. (trout), 8 lbs. (catfish) or 3 lbs. (bass) you will receive a whopper club pin. For beginning anglers, if you have any questions on what to use, please come down to the Marina and one of our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you get set up for your fishing adventure.

All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays!  Our schedule for the marina has changed, we are currently open Monday through Thursday at 6 AM – 6 PM boat rentals will stop at  5 PM and are due back at 6 PM. Friday through Sunday are hours are 6 AM-7 PM boat rentals stop at 6 pm and are due in at 7 PM

Attention all boaters we now offer food delivery to your boat! Call the marina and place an order for $25 or more and it will be brought to your boat. Credit/Debit only. Also every third Friday of the month is free Friday! Free parking, boat launch, dog fees!!! No district fishing permits needed (but for all anglers 16 and older do need state fishing license).  
HALF OFF ALL BOAT RENTALS Including Patio Boats! Tuesday — Thursday. Excluding holidays
Fishing for Catfish is starting to pick up with a lot more fish being caught at Raccoon Point as well as Bullfrog Landing. Water temperature will determine how active catfishing will be.  The warmer the water the more active they will be especially in the evening. This time of year the catfish are going to be located by Raccoon point, behind the island, in coves by the dam and in Bass Cove. Anglers are using a variety of baits including mackerel, anchovies and chicken liver.  
As we move closer to summer the water temperature will continue to rise causing trout to move deeper into the lake. The best spot to fish for trout right now is down by the dam where the water is a lot cooler. If you are going to be trolling, the best lures to use are Flicker Shads, Firetiger Rapalas, Kastmasters and Mirashads, but make sure to use some split shots about two feet away from the lure to make them go down a lot more.  The bait to use right now when fishing on the shoreline is chartreuse and rainbow Power Bait with garlic scent. When trolling, make sure to let out about a hundred feet of line and let the motor do all the work, but also be wary of other anglers on the shoreline so your lines don’t get caught!
Bass fishing has picked up a lot more on both the shoreline and from a boat. Reports of bass are getting caught on a daily basis all over the lake. If you are fishing for bass, they are hitting mostly in the early mornings and evenings mostly on plastics, jigs and hula grubs and top water here and there. Silver Rainbow Flukes and Watermelon Senkos are also doing really well with 3/0 wide shank hooks. Live wells can be provided upon request thanks to Walton’s Pond. A couple good spots to fish for bass are; near the island or the tulles by Raccoon Point. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!
No whoppers were reported getting caught this week.

Monday — Thursday
Boat rentals are 6:00am — 5:00pm
Boats due in by 6:00pm
Friday — Sunday
Boat rentals are 6:00am — 6:00pm
Boats due in by 7:00pm
Hours subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels.

We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Marina. Please email us at Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination.


Park Hours:   
May thru Labor Day                            6:00am-9:00pm
September 2nd thru September 30th    6:30am-8:00pm
Please practice catch and release for Bass as they are not stocked in the lake and their population depends on you!

The Boat Rentals and the bait shop are open daily from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Labor Day but due to severe drought conditions they may close without notice.  Boat rentals are also limited, so please call 925-426-0197 for availability.  The Concession is open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Labor Day as well.  The Concession sells California State Fishing Licenses during their regular business hours. All personal watercraft must be off the lake a half hour before park closing. Water temperature is approximately 72 degrees.  

We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Kiosk staff.

Featured Anglers:
8/10/14 – The back ponds are still biting, eight bass caught and released.
8/16/14 – Tim from San Jose caught a 4lb. and 5lb. catfish on nightcrawlers from the 3rd dock trail.
8/17/14 – Daniel from San Jose caught a 14.5” long catfish weighing 12.2lbs. on sardines.
8/17/14 – Miguel Villanueva and Johnathan Rodriguez of San Jose caught five catfish near the pan handle, The largest were 8lbs. and 9lbs.


No report.


The fishing here has picked up and we have heard of a variety of species caught. A couple of nice cats caught out back by the tulles, some bass and a few carp. With the new plant coming up we should see a lot more catfish action with this cooler weather!


Some striped bass and sturgeon action at Eckley.  Anglers are having most success with grass shrimp.


The Annual Oakley Kids Fishing Derby was a great success this past weekend at Antioch/Oakley Shoreline. The City of Oakley, along with Hook, Line & Sinker hosted this annual event to give children an opportunity for a free day of fishing.  Over a 150 children participated in the event this year, catching a total of 252 fish.
No keepers, still all too small.


Fishing  is starting to pick up at the pier with about eight stripers ranging from 21” to 27”.  The past few days has been slow with muddy waters and high winds.


Anglers have taken red rock crabs and bullheads.


Fishing has been slow.

NEW STURGEON REGULATIONS:  Sturgeon must be between 40 and 60 inches, (fork length) to keep.
Sturgeon regulations - California Department of Fish & Wildlife Adobe Acrobat PDF

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Fish Planting Information

  1. The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) plants rainbow trout and channel catfish that average 1 pound each.
  2. The California Department of Fish & Game (DFG) plants trout averaging over ½ pound each.
  3. Plants are subject to change due to weather conditions.

REMINDER: Netting and snagging fish is PROHIBITED at any East Bay Regional Park.No fishing is allowed around the area where a fish plant occurs.

Water Week EBRPD Rainbow Trout (lbs) DF&G Rainbow Trout (lbs) EBRPD Channel Catfish (lbs) DF&G Channel Catfish (lbs)
Del Valle 08/25/14 --- --- --- ---
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09/08/14 1000 --- 464 ---
Lake Chabot 08/25/14 --- --- --- ---
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09/08/14 ---  --- 750 ---
Shadow Cliffs 08/25/14 --- --- 750
09/01/14 --- --- --- ---
09/08/14 --- --- 500 ---
Quarry Lakes 08/25/14 --- --- 500 ---
09/01/14 --- --- --- ---
09/08/14 1000 --- --- ---
Contra Loma 08/25/14 --- --- 500 ---
09/01/14 --- --- --- ---
09/08/14  --- --- 500 ---
Lake Temescal 08/25/14 --- --- 500 ---
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Don Castro ---
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Shinn Pond --- --- --- --- ---
Jordan Pond ---
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General Information

General Information

General Fishing information can be found at:

Guidelines for Fish Consumption information can be found at:

Fees and Licenses:A California State License and an EBRPD fishing
access permit ($5 per day for persons 16 years+) are required to fish
at Del Valle, Contra Loma, Lake Chabot, Shadow Cliffs, Temescal,
Don Castro, and Quarry Lakes.An annual EBRPD permit is available
for $120 to residents 62 years+ and the disabled.Call (510) 544-2220.


New regulations require possession of a Sturgeon Fishing Report Card.

Fish Size Limit Number per day


No limit



No limit


Black bass

12 inches minimum


Striped bass

18 inches minimum



40-60 inches in forklength


Crappie, Bluegill
& Sunfish

No limit

25 in combination