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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1041  | July 15, 2015

Free Fishing Days

Free Fishing days for 2015 are July 4 and September 5.
For details see the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

*** 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!

A plea to all fishermen/women.
A bald eagle was recently entangled with a fishing leader at Contra Loma.
PLEASE pick-up after yourselves, leave no hooks, lines or any other garbage behind!

 eagle with 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


Weird weather this week has brought the fish out of hiding.  Cool temperatures in the 80's is a huge difference from low 100's, and overcast mornings that last into the afternoon.  With the cooler weather comes the wind, and enough to limit boat rentals to only motors, because the wind will only trap paddle boats, row boats, and canoes into the south end.  
Anchovies has been the bait of choice, and the dam has been the preferred spot to throw em'.  Striped Bass and catfish have been super active this week.  Even a few nice rainbows came in during the cold snap.  Smallmouth bass have been seen and caught on nightcrawlers the last couple days.  I would throw a gold-bladed spinner bait and burn it back over rock piles for smallmouth, and not forget the white grub trailer.  July 4th was a success with no fires or serious injury's in the park.  Goodluck! -Dan

Featured anglers of the week:

Tinsley 7 lb trout
Frederick Tinsley of Newark caught a 7 lb. trout on pink Power Bait out by the Dam

Jarvis catch
Jarvis P. of Milpitas caught three Striped bass and one 7 lb. catfish on anchovies by the Dam

Landolph bass
Louis Landolph of Castro Valley caught a 3.3 lb. Striped bass on mackerel in a cove in the Narrows

Kith carp
Edwin Kith of Oakland caught a 15 lb. carp on redworms off the East Beach

Elizarrey bass
Gary Elizarrey of Hayward caught two Striped bass on anchovies out by the Dam

Mahan catfish
Daniel Mahan of San Jose caught a 16 lb. catfish on anchovies out by the Dam

Wood bass
Tim Wood of Livermore caught two Striped bass on anchovies at Dan's secret spot


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

On June 30, Malcolm Fea of Windsor caught a 6 lb. 20” smallmouth bass with a prince nymph on a fly rod in a float tube. (As far as we know, this is our lake record). On July 1, Jack Antrim, of Hayward, caught a 10lb., 3oz. catfish on a rainbow runner at the backside of Horseshoe. On July 4, Jess Misquez, of Santa Clara caught a 6lb., 10oz. catfish on a green dip bait at the backside of Horseshoe. Malcolm Fea of Windsor caught an 8lb., 3oz. catfish with a frog lure from a float tube on a fly rod near Fisherman’s Row.  


Fishing at Temescal has been slow with the catfishing season being less active.


Park Hours:
For July-August is 6:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; all water craft must be of the lake by 6:30 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.

The Contra Costa Water District is lowering the Contra Loma reservoir approx. 10 feet.  Unknown when it will be refilled. 

Fishing has been good for catfish. 
- Try fishing for catfish on nightcrawlers, anchovies, or chicken liver at Loma Island, Channel Point or near the Swim Lagoon.

-Trout fishing has slowed down.  Try fishing at Channel Point or near the Swim Lagoon on a variety of Power Baits, mice tails or nightcrawlers.

- Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake. 

- Try fishing for crappie or bluegill using jigs or worms at the Boat Ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area. 

Whoppers Reported:
- Omar caught an 8.4 & 7 lb. striper on chicken liver.
- Matilde caught an 11.3 lb. catfish on nightcrawlers.
- Omar caught a 19.2 & 8.5 lb. catfish with chicken liver near the Swim Lagoon.


Fishing for trout and bass has been slow, but catfishing is starting to pick up again. With the water temperature rising, trout are moving deeper down and catfish are starting to be a little more active.  Bass fishing season is starting to slow down after having a great season with more than several reports of whopper size bass getting caught.  Please remember to practice catch and release for bass.  Water temperatures remain in the low 60’s with about 4 feet visibility. For all anglers planning on trolling, make sure to come out early in the morning as afternoon winds have been making it a little difficult to fish.  All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays! 

With the warmer water temperature, the catfish bite is starting to heat up.  Catfish plants have been over by Coots Landing, so as of now it should be the hotspot for fishing.  Typically, the best bait to use is mackerel, anchovies and chicken liver. Mackerel has been the best bait for catfish this season. Catfish will bite during the day but fishing early morning and near twilight will be the best. Make sure to come early and claim your spot!      

Reports of trout are slow, but are still being caught on a daily basis.  Trolling shallow for trout has been less productive than trolling deeper. Anglers trolling deeper are having success coming back from Bass Cove going towards the Dam.  Anglers fishing the shoreline are using Power Bait and have been having luck also down by the dam.  

Bass fishing has been steady with some bass anglers catching and releasing good numbers with other anglers not doing so well. 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 try your luck a couple good spots to fish for bass are; near the island or in bass cove. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!

Sam Spinks of San Lorenzo caught a 14 lb. catfish on mackeral down by the burner.

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


June/July Park Hours: 6:00am – 9:00pm

Featured Anglers:

7/1/15 Chuck Wilder of Livermore caught and released a 4.5lb. bass fishing in the arroyo on poppers for bait.

Moran catfish
7/3/15 Diesel Moran ( 12 years old ) caught a 9lb. catfish on worms for bait and he was fishing off the 1st dock.

The boat launch is open and the lake is beautiful!  Water levels are just slightly below normal, so please use caution when launching your vessels.  If your vessel is light enough to be carried safely, launching from the shoreline is still permitted. .  All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.   Current water temperature is approximately 70*.

Boat  Rental and Concession hours are:  8am-6pm. The Food/ Toys/Swim Accessories/ Concession Is open daily from 11am-6pm starting June 8th.  

Please remember that the Arroyo Ponds  have different regulations than the main lake. They are as follows: EBRPD Daily Fishing Permit as well as a CA State Fishing License,  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 Shadow Cliffs  Kiosk staff.  Thank You and Happy Fishing!


The fishing at Don Castro has been pretty good. Anglers have been catching nice catfish in the two to three pound range. There have also been a couple of trout caught as well and one was 12lbs. ! Clams and anchovies have been the bait choice for catfish and green and yellow Power Bait for trout.


No report.


Fishing has been slow to moderate at Eckley.  Stripers are being taken on grass shrimp and anchovies.  


The fishing at Antioch/Oakley Shoreline is hit and miss, but they are starting to come in.
A 31” Striped bass was caught on anchovies 7/4/15  by Roberto Sandoval from Concord.


Fishing has been slow off the pier, with only a couple of striped bass being caught per week and only a few smelt.


Fishing has been decent for jacksmelt and leopard shark.


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  
    07/13/15 --- ---
    --- ---
    07/20/15 1000 ---  --- ---
    07/27/15 --- --- 1000 ---
    Lake Chabot  
    07/13/15 ---
    --- 800 ---
    07/20/15 --- --- 800  ---
    07/27/15 ---
    --- --- ---
    Shadow Cliffs  
    07/13/15 --- --- 800 ---
    07/20/15 ---
    1000 ---
    07/27/15 ---
    --- 500 ---
    Quarry Lakes  
    07/13/15 --- --- --- ---
    07/20/15 1000 ---
    --- ---
    07/27/15 --- ---  800 ---
    Contra Loma  
    07/13/15 ---
    800 ---
    07/20/15 --- ---  --- ---
    07/14/15 ---
    500 ---
    Lake Temescal  
    07/27/15 --- ---
    --- ---
    07/20/15 ---
    ---  500 ---
    07/13/15 --- --- --- ---
    Don Castro  
    07/20/15 --- --- 500 ---
    --- ---
    --- --- ---
    --- ---  --- --- ---
    Shinn Pond  
    --- --- --- --- ---
    Jordan Pond  
    07/13/15      500  
    --- --- --- --- ---

    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