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Vol. 1101 | November 17, 2017

NEW Resolution Passed (Sec. 404.3): NO SMOKING on EBRPD property, including all piers, parks & trails.

ATTENTION BOATERS - Mandatory Boat Inspections
(including motorboats, rowboats, kayaks, canoes and float tubes)
To prevent invasive Zebra and Quagga mussel infestation,
the East Bay Regional Park District is performing mandatory boat inspections.
All watercraft must be "clean and dry" to pass inspection.
Standing water or water from the motor being lowered means the craft will fail inspection.
Failing inspection means the craft will not be allowed to launch,
AND results in a 5-day quarantine period before another inspection.

Boat inspections are performed at the following lakes:
Lake Chabot, Del Valle, Quarry Lakes, Contra Loma.
 

Mandatory personal watercraft inspections are
REQUIRED at Shadow Cliffs .

We have a banding program for clean boats.
Intact bands will expedite launching at the above lakes.
There are no bands or inspections at Shadow Cliffs.
For more information, visit our invasive mussel program page or call 888-EBPARKS.

Fish Planting Information

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) plants rainbow trout and channel catfish up to 6+ pounds each.
The California Department of Fish & Wildlife (DF&W) plants trout averaging over ½ pound each.
Note: Plants are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Water / Week EBRPD Rainbow Trout (lbs) DF&G Rainbow Trout (lbs) EBRPD Channel Catfish (lbs) DF&G Channel Catfish (lbs)
Del Valle  
11/13/17 1000
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11/20/17 1000
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11/27/17 1200
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Lake Chabot  
11/13/17 1000
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11/27/17 1000

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Shadow Cliffs  
11/13/17 1000
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11/20/17 1000
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1000
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Quarry Lakes  
11/13/17 ---
1000
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11/20/17
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11/27/17
1000
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Contra Loma  
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1000
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11/27/17
750
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Lake Temescal
11/13/17 750
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11/20/17
750
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Don Castro  
11/13/17
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11/20/17
750
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Shinn Pond  
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Jordan Pond
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Attention Anglers

  1. DO NOT LET YOUR DOG EAT OR LICK RAW TROUT/SALMON. They may be infected with a parasitic disease which can be fatal to your pet. For more information call Fisheries Manager Joe Sullivan at (510) 544-2329.
  2. EBRPD recommends all bass be released. Please do not remove tags from released 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 kept bass to the marina or kiosk attendant. Length and weight (if possible), location and date would be helpful also
  4. Please remember to clean up any fouled line and bait containers. Wildlife can be injured or killed by fishing line!! Please use the special fishing line disposal tubes at Del Valle, Lake Chabot, Quarry Lakes and Shadow Cliffs. Recycling your broken fishing mono-filament helps protect wildlife.
  5. All park hours are 6am to 7pm unless otherwise posted.

General Activity

DEL VALLE (LIVERMORE)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
November:  7:00am - 6:00pm; all watercrafts must be off the lake by 5pm.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather this week here at Lake Del Valle has been beautiful with temperatures cold in the mornings that rise up to the mid-60s during the day.  The surface temperature is still sitting at 61 degrees this week. The hot bite this week has been trout with many anglers hooking up. We got a fish plant of 1000lbs on 11/6/17, and are expecting a fish plant for the next three weeks so trout fishing at Del Valle should be phenomenal!
CATFISH
Catfish have done okay this week with some anglers having luck. Best baits to use would be either anchovies, nightcrawlers or cut sardines. Most anglers have been fishing out towards the dam and in the upper narrows.  
TROUT  
For trout, most anglers are using either power bait or power eggs, we also recommend using either mice tails, Kastmasters, or small spinners. Most anglers are fishing sandy beaches and points.
BLACK BASS
Black Bass are a good target this time of year, most anglers like to use soft plastics (swim baits, robo worms, Senkos, etc.) I would also recommend using either a crank bait or a top water lure (Heddon Spook, pencil poppers, etc.)  Look for fallen trees, rocky points and tule patches.
STRIPED BASS
For Striper, most anglers have been catching them on bait, either anchovies, chicken liver, or nightcrawlers. Most anglers have been telling me they've caught stripers around deep rock walls and points. 

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
November: 6:00am-6:00pm, all boats are due back to the Marina by 4:30pm
We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Marina. Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
Lake Chabot is 92% FULL!  Catfishing has remained fairly steady, while bass fishing is slowly getting better and better. Trout fishing has also picked up quite a bit. Water temperature remains in the low-60s and water clarity is about 6 feet. EBRPD is done with catfish plants for the year and are planting rainbow trout again. Mt Lassen planted trout this week, and we are expecting another plant the week of Nov. 26th!  All boats at the Marina are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays, including Patio Boats!! 
CATFISH
Typically, catfishing should be pretty good this time of the year. When fishing for catfish, the best bait to use is either chicken liver or mackerel. Make sure to cut a 2” inch chunk of mackerel and put it on a size 1 or 2 hook and a half ounce weight works best.  A simple trick to use when using this bait is wrapping magic thread around the bait to ensure that it doesn’t fly off when casting. Typical hotspot for catfishing is fishing near the Island and back by Raccoon Point.    
TROUT 
We are going to have a good trout season. Anglers have been catching a few trout, trolling near the dam.  A few limits were reported caught this past week. EBRPD planted 1000 lbs. of trout this week and we are expecting another plant of 1,000 lbs. in a couple weeks. Trolling back by the dam using a pink flicker shad, and Rapalas has been successful these last couple weeks.  With high water level this year, trout fishing should be better in the next couple weeks.
BASS
Bass fishing has picked up quite a bit. Many anglers are using plastic worms to catch bass. There has been an abundance of smaller size bass (1 to 2 lbs.) being caught all over the lake. Senkos have been the most popular bait to use. Currently hot spots are over by the Island, Raccoon Point, and Alder Point. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!

FEATURED ANGLERS
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Bryan Vicente of Tracy caught this beautiful 9lb largemouth bass in Indian Cove, using Powerbait

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
5am – 10pm, unless otherwise posted.  Gate hours are 8am – 10pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Lake Temescal had a vegetation removal treatment the week of October 16th, and received a treatment to reduce excess phosphorus in the water the week of October 23rd.  These treatments have already resulted in a reduction of algae in the lake and on the surface, and have reduced the amount of emergent aquatic vegetation along the shores of the lake. Temescal received a trout plant last week, and is scheduled to receive two more fish plants over the next couple of weeks, so fishing at Temescal should be fantastic!

FEATURED ANGLERS
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Joaquin Gutierrez has been catching his limit pretty regularly at Temescal!

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Joaquin Gutierrez and his daughter Brianna both caught their limits of trout at Lake Temescal over the weekend!

HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
7:00am -- 5:00pm; boaters can go through inspection and launch up until 3:00pm and get banded until 4:00pm.

If the kiosk is closed, please use the yellow Ventek machine to pay for parking (exact change only, please).  For fishing permits, you may either use the Ventek machine or the blue iron ranger posts across from the kiosk, from the entrance from the Isherwood Staging Area, and from the walk-through gates by the Sequoia Bridge and from the Niles gate.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU MUST BE 100 FEET AWAY FROM THE FISH TUBE, THE BOAT DOCK, AND THE BEACH AREA while fishing from the shore and from a boat. Also, note that the use of lead fishing tackle is prohibited at Quarry Lakes. You can exchange lead tackle at the kiosk in a “1 for 1” trade for stainless steel weights.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fishing has been fantastic at Quarry Lakes this month!  Lots of trout are being pulled out, and the catfish are still biting.  We had our usual Mt. Lassen plant on Monday 11/6/17 with 1000lbs dropped as well as an additional DF&W plant on Tuesday 11/14/17 of 1000lbs; another plant of 1000lbs of Mt. Lassen trout is scheduled next week!  Folks seem to be pulling in the trout on mouse-tails or Powerbait (primarily chartreuse or rainbow).  Please be aware that we have started our winter hours this weekend, with the gates opening at 7am and closing at 5pm.  Anglers, don't forget to come to the kiosk with your catches so we can take your picture and put you on the fish board!

FEATURED ANGLERS

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Brianna Gutierrez caught this 3lb trout on Fisherman’s Row using chartreuse power eggs!

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Hugo Tejada of Oakland caught this 10lb trout on Fisherman’s Row using a silver and green Kastmaster!

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Bruce Qutermous Jr. of San Leandro with two beautiful rainbow trout

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
Park Hours:
For November is 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 3:30 p.m.

Reminder to boaters:  All watercrafts (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.

GENERAL CONDITIONS

BOAT LAUNCH FACILITY WILL BE CLOSED FOR REHABILITATION
The boat launch facility will be closed for rehabilitation beginning September 25, 2017, and shall reopen in spring 2018. Improvements will include improvements to the boat launch, paving and striping of the parking area, new vaults toilets, new and relocated fish cleaning station, and new drinking fountains. All other areas of Contra Loma Regional Park shall not be impacted by this construction. This project is made possible through generous grants from the Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Boating and Waterways.

TRAILERED BOATS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LAUNCH.
CARTOP BOAT WILL NEED TO BE CARRIED TO THE WATER FROM ANOTHER PARKING AREA.

The water level of Contra Loma is down from what it was this summer.  With the decrease in water level and the ongoing construction on the boat launch facility, fishing has slowed down at Contra Loma.

CATFISH
Catfish has been okay at the Channel Point with anchovies, nightcrawlers or chicken livers. 
TROUT
Fishing for trout is starting to pick up.  Try fishing at Channel Point Dock with Power Bait or nightcrawlers.
BASS
Black Bass have been biting with artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake or from boats.
FEATURED ANGLERS

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Ali showing off her largemouth bass catch at Contra Loma

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Andrew caught this nice-looking largemouth bass at Contra Loma

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION
Park hours: 7:00am-5:00pm
Concession: Closed for the season
Marina: Closed for the season
Trail Closures: The third dock is only accessible via the levee trail. The trail between the second and third dock that runs alongside the lake is closed until further notice.
Boat banding ends at 4:00pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather at Shadow Cliffs has been cool in the morning to warm in the afternoon with the temperatures in the low-40s to the high-60s.  We have had a couple days of rain.
Water Temperature: 58 degrees, depending on depth.
Water Clarity: Visibility seems to vary between 10-15 feet.
Shadow Cliffs has already received several fish plants this season, and is scheduled to get a fish plant every week the next three weeks, so fishing at Shadow Cliffs is only going to get better!
TROUT
On 11/4, Justin and his friends Pete and Andre were out boating and they caught limits of trout and they were using white power eggs. Sam of Pleasanton caught his limits of trout out on his boat and he was bait fishing.
On 11/5, limits of trout were being pulled in from all over the lake.
Joaquin Iberra and friend, of Livermore caught limits of trout fishing from his kayak. They were fishing near the Stanley side of the lake and they were using chartreuse Powerbait.
On 11/6, Henry Mestoe of San Jose caught 4 trout fishing from his boat and he was using mice tails and power eggs.
On 11/13, Sam of Pleasanton caught his limits of trout and he was bait fishing near the middle of the lake.
BASS
On 11/7/17, 6 bass were caught and released from the main lake and Senko's were used.
FEATURED ANGLERS

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Justin, Pete, and Andre caught their limits of trout using white power eggs.

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Trout limits are being pulled from all over the lake.  Fishing at Shadow Cliffs will continue to be fantastic the rest of the year!

We encourage all anglers to please stop by our kiosk on the way out to report catches, stories, comments, and/or concerns. :)
All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.
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REGULATIONS FOR THE ARROYO PONDS
* EBRPD Daily Fishing Permit, CA State Fishing License
Catch and Release, Barbless Hooks, Artificial lures, Float tubes only

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD) 

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
8am – 8pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Don Castro received its first trout plant of the season the week of November 6th, and we are already receiving photos of fisherman hooking up with them!  With another trout plant next week, fishing should continue to improve!   

FEATURED ANGLERS

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Martin C of East Palo Alto caught this 3lb trout using Powerbait on the south side of the spillway!

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours 5AM- 10PM
Parking lot open 7:00AM-4:30PM

GENERAL CONDITIONS
There have been lots of cool and humid days here at Ferry Point Fishing Pier, with the weather gradually cooling down for the rest of the month.

Fishing has been slow with only bait fish being reported caught.

PT. PINOLE PIER (RICHMOND)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
San Pablo Bay open 24 hours for fishing
Shuttle operates 7:30am – 3pm.
Park/Gate hours 7:00am-4:00pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
There has been a lot of action off the Point Pinole pier, but not many keepers.
Striped bass, halibut and leopard sharks have all been striking and there was a report of a green sturgeon caught and released.  
Just a reminder that it is never legal to keep the Dungeness crab from the bay.
Pier retrofit is complete, with all new benches, windscreens and cleaning station.

ANTIOCH/OAKLEY PIER

HOURS OF OPERATION
Pier open 24/7- Free Parking- No Overnight Camping
NO SMOKING in the park or on the pier

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The Antioch Pier had a brief run of keeper sized Striped Bass being caught with anchovy pieces. Fishing has been slow the last 4 days.

ECKLEY PIER

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
7am – 6pm; all watercraft must be off the lake by 5pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fishing information can be found our Fishing page.
Fees and Licenses: A California State Fishing 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.


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

General Information

General Information

General Fishing information can be found at: Fishing Activities

Guidelines for Fish Consumption information can be found at: Fishing Advisories

Fees and Licenses: A California State Fishing 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.

Individual Membership Program

Angler
 - Includes all the benefits of Basic Membership plus boat launch and annual fishing permit for one named individual; state fishing permit also required for individuals 16 years and older $300.

Special Access Angler (Seniors, Students, Veterans and persons with disabilities)
 - Senior Anglers must be 62+ years of age
 - Proof of eligibility required. Please supply documentation to membership@ebparks.org or fax it to (510) 635-3478 (attn: Membership) $180.


EBRPD FISH LIMIT INFORMATION
New regulations require possession of a Sturgeon Fishing Report Card.
Fish Size Limit Number per day

Trout

No limit

5

Catfish

No limit

5

Black bass

12 inches minimum

5

Striped bass

18 inches minimum

2

Sturgeon

40-60 inches in fork-length

1

Crappie, Bluegill
& Sunfish

No limit

25 in combination

Carp

No limit

No limit