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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1033  | March 25, 2015

*** 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.

General Activity


Another week of Monster Rainbows being pulled out of the lake.  Water temperature rose to almost 60 degrees this week, making the trout seek deeper cold water which has more oxygen in it.  As the water temp keeps climbing, the anglers are going to start fishing deeper for these rainbows.  Anglers can still catch them in the south end for now on Power Bait and little lures but, the fish will move out of the South soon for the deep water.  Some anglers are having better luck on baits and lures out by the dam, probably because of the availability of the deep cold dark water. A few more striped bass were brought in this week.  Several of them were caught on top water baits.  Seems a little early for them to come up on shad but, there wasn’t much of a winter so it makes sense due to the warm water on the surface.  The bass fishing has slowed way down but, they're still catchable just PLEASE release them.  Come see us here at Lake Del Valle and catch a monster, Good Luck everybody!

Featured angles of the week:

David Burress and Nick Reyes got three stripes stringer weighed 13 lbs. on topwater in the narrows.

Anthony Grijalva of San Jose caught a 6.12 lb. trout on a worm jig off Hetch Hetchy beach.

Robert Bryan of Modesto caught a 10.31 lb. trout on a Rapala in the south end.

Josh Alvarado of Tracy got a 16 lb. striper on a rattle trap.

Richard Reeser got a 8.62 lb. trout on green Power Bait from the south end.

Nikki Paragili of Fresno caught a 13 lb. trout on a broken back Rapala out by the Dam.

Danny Hollis of Livermore caught a 14.85 lb. trout on a luckycraft jerkbait in Swallow Bay.


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.
Download: Lead Fishing Tackle Awareness brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF

Trout fishing at Quarry Lakes has slowed down the last few days (maybe the warm weather we had last week? Hopefully the rain helped) and some of the bass hunters have started showing up and having fun. Please remember that we encourage catch and release with bass as they are not stocked. However, there still are a few good trout-catching stories from the last couple weeks. Walt Moser of Fremont finished his limit streak with 18 limits caught in a row! Peter Simpson, also of Fremont, caught a trout limit on March 9th on mice tails while left of the swim beach. That same day Frank Yanagihara of Union City caught his limit as well fishing from his kayak using Power Bait. On March 17th Richard Rasumussen of Newark caught a nice 5lb. 3oz. trout on nightcrawlers at Fishermen’s Row. And last but not least, Julien Bonifcio, age 3, of Milpitas caught a really nice stringer of four good sized trout from his kayak while fishing near the beach.
Happy Fishing!




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.
Currently our boat ramp and fishing pier are both open and the water level has come down a little.
The park entrance gate hours are 6am to 6pm.


Fishing at Temescal has been fair for trout.


Park Hours:
For March is 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; all water craft must be of the lake by 5:00 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.

Water District lowers Contra Loma reservoir:
The Contra Costa Water District is lowering the Contra Loma reservoir seven feet, beginning in March, in order for work crews to re-surface the swim lagoon as part of regular maintenance. As a result of the lower water level, we’ve temporarily closed the fishing dock near the West Shore Trail. We anticipate the re-surfacing project will be complete by the opening of swim season, April 25.

Fishing has picked up and is good.
-Trout are biting anywhere around the lake with variety of Power Baits or nightcrawlers.
Try the East Shore with mice tails or Kastmaster. Or try Channel Point area with nightcrawlers or Power Bait.
- Try fishing for catfish with nightcrawlers, anchovies, or chicken liver anywhere around the lake.
- Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake.
- Try fishing for crappie or bluegill with jigs or worms at the Boat Ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area.

Whoppers Reported:
- Jason Komperda caught a 5.3 lb. trout on mice tail from a boat.
- Wilson DelaCruz caught a 7.10 & 8 lb. trout on a Kastmaster at the east side.
- Danny Salvador caught a 5.14 lb. trout on mice tail at the east side.


Anglers fishing from the shoreline are picking trout out on Power Bait or Power Eggs from all over the lake. Trolling continues to be doing fairly well dragging a Mira Shad, Rapala, or Kastmaster about 100 feet behind the boat from the surface down to 6 feet. Water temperature is starting to pick up. Currently, water temperature is in the mid to high 50’s with 5 feet visibility. The water level of the lake remains extremely low, with plenty of shoreline access for anglers 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, and currently hours are every day of the week from 6:00 AM-6:00PM. Boat rentals will stop at 5:00PM and are due back in by 6:00PM.

Attention all boaters - food delivery is now offered to your boat! Call the marina and place an order of $25 or more and your food will be brought out directly to your boat! Credit/Debit only.

Catfishing continues to be very slow with only several cats being caught, but they are still out there and not many anglers are fishing for them right now. Water temperature will determine how active catfishing will be. This time of the year 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.

Trout fishing had a great start in the beginning of the year, but things are starting to slow down.

Bass fishing has started to pick up and many bass anglers are catching them each outing. If you are fishing for bass, the early mornings and in the evenings, mostly on plastics, jigs, hula grubs and top water will be your best bet. If you do want to come try your luck a couple of 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 past week.

Monday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am-5:00pm
Boats are due in by 6:00pm
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.


March Park Hours: 6:30am-7:30pm
April Park Hours: 6:30am-8:00pm

Featured Anglers:
3/14/15-angler reported catching two trout and several other anglers catching in the Main Lake.

3/15/15-Trevor from Oakland reeled in a beautiful 9.9lb. 26” trout from the main Lake using a broken back Rapala.

3/20/15 – Jose out of Livermore caught a nice 10.3lb. trout at the Shoreline near the first dock, on green pumpkin Power

3/21/15 – Tim Dang from San Jose hit a 12.9lb. Whopper trout trolling in the Main Lake using a Rapala lure.

3/22/15 – Alex from San Ramon almost set the record with a 17.9lb. trout being caught off the Stanley Shoreline on a lure. Nice Whopper!! Biggest fish seen so far!!!

3/22/15 – Regular anglers of the Arroyo said the bass are biting!! Please pay attention to regulations for fishing in the Arroyo. Thank you.

*Due to record low water levels, the boat launch remains CLOSED.  However, if your vessel is light enough to be carried safely, launching from the shoreline is permitted.

Please practice catch and release for all bass as they are not stocked in the lake and their population depends on you!

The Boat Rentals and Concession are CLOSED for the season, so please purchase your CA State Fishing License and any other fishing supplies prior to arriving at the park.  All personal watercraft must be off the lake a half hour before park closing.  Water temperature is approximately 57 degrees.

Please remember that the back ponds in the Arroyo have different regulations than the main lake. They are as follows:
EBRPD Daily Fishing Permit as well as a CA State Fishing License required; catch and release; barbless hooks; artificial lures (no live bait); float tubes only.  No other vessels are permitted in the back ponds.   

We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Kiosk staff.   Thank you so much!


No report.


Striped bass action continues to be good at Eckley Pier.


The fishing has been good and steady here at Don Castro. All the fish have been trout in the 2 to 3 lb. range and some have been real big ones!


Fishing has still been slow.


It has been somewhat hit and miss here at Point Pinole. There have been days when Striped Bass 30”+ have been caught, but there have also been days of nothing. There have, however, been three Halibut caught in the past couple weeks ranging in size from 23” -38.”


Fishing has been slow.


No report.

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

    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  
    03/23/15 800 ---
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    03/30/15 1000 --- --- ---
    04/06/15 800 --- --- ---
    Lake Chabot  
    03/23/15 ---
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    03/30/15 800
    --- --- ---
    04/06/15 ---
    1000 --- ---
    Shadow Cliffs  
    03/23/15 1000 --- --- ---
    03/30/15 800
    --- ---
    04/06/15 800
    --- --- ---
    Quarry Lakes  
    03/23/15 500 700 --- ---
    03/30/15 --- ---
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    04/06/15 800 --- --- ---
    Contra Loma  
    03/23/15 ---
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    03/30/15 --- --- --- ---
    04/06/15 800
    --- ---
    Lake Temescal  
    03/23/15 --- ---
    --- ---
    03/30/15 500
    --- --- ---
    04/06/15 --- --- --- ---
    Don Castro  
    03/23/15 500 --- --- ---
    --- ---
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    --- --- --- --- ---
    Shinn Pond  
    --- --- --- --- ---
    Jordan Pond  
    --- --- --- --- ---

    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 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