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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1022  | October 22, 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.

General Activity


Not much action for this week, the water level has gotten pretty low but anglers are still pulling out fish. The water temperature is 70 degrees and the clarity is green with a two foot visibility. The stripers will boil in the Narrows in the morning and late afternoons when the sun begins to set. Your best luck is to go with top waters, shiny jerk baits or even small swim baits. A few more catfish came in on either anchovies or chicken livers over by the Dam or Heron Bay. Smallies are hitting crank baits in shallow water and for Largemouth you can try jerk baits or top waters in the morning. There’s no trout being caught yet but the fishing should pick up as temperatures cool and more fish are planted. Wish you all the best.

Featured Anglers:

Danny Hollis of Livermore caught a 17.1 lb. Striper on Anchovies in Swallow Bay

Kenny Khu of Livemore caught a stringer of Catfish that weighed 38.6 lbs. on Anchovies out at the Dam

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.

Quarry Lakes has monofilament recycling stations!

Park gate hours are currently 6am – 7pm.
Fishing has been slow, unless you’re trolling by boat.


Fishing at Temescal remains slow. We are expecting our first trout plant of the fall this month, which should make for more productive fishing here.


Park Hours:
For October is 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; all water craft must be of the lake by 5:00 p.m.
For November is 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; all water craft must be of the lake by 4:00 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.

Fishing has been good.
- Trout fishing is starting to pick up.  We had our first fish plants for the season last week.  Try using Power Baits or nightcrawlers at the Boat Ramp area.

- Catfish have been biting with nightcrawlers, anchovies, or chicken liver at Channel Point or near the Swim Lagoon.  Anglers have been catching their limits.

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

- Crappie or bluegill have been biting with jigs or worms at Loma Island or Channel Point area. 

- Matilde Quiroga caught a 10.1 lb. & 15.7 lb. Catfish with chicken liver at Channel Point.
- Roy Nobriga caught a 12.3 lb. & 9 lb. Catfish with chicken liver at Channel Point.


Overall, fishing has been fairly slow this week.   We did receive our first trout plant of 500 lbs. on October 15th from Mt. Lassen.  We should start getting weekly trout plant from here on out till the end of year. Trout fishing will still remain slow for the next several weeks due to warm water temperatures.  Catfishing is starting to pick back up again; we had several whoppers along with limits getting pulled out last week.  Water temperature is currently around 70 degrees with 5 feet visibility. The water level of the lake remains extremely 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 from 6 AM – 5 PM. Boat rentals will stop at  4 PM and are due back in at 5 PM. Friday through Sunday are hours are 6 AM-6 PM. Boat rentals stop at 5 pm and are due back in at 6 PM

Attention all boaters we now offer food delivery 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. 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

Several nice sized catfish were reported getting caught during the day but the real action is fishing at night.  Reports of big cats were caught at night fishing over by Catfish Landing on the west shore trail around 8 to 10 pm. This past week we had over 4 whopper size catfish pulled out Lake Chabot.  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 is extremely slow this time of the year.  But on the bright side the lake temperature is starting to cool down meaning trout fishing will start picking back up again.  We planted 500 lbs. of trout on 10-15-14. 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 Powerbait with Garlic sent. 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! We will continue trout plants later on this year when the water temperature cools back down.

Overall, Bass fishing is starting to slow down a little.  A couple reports of bass were reported getting caught by the Burner and Coots Landing but not of good size.  If you are fishing for bass, they are biting mostly in the early mornings and in the 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 hook. 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!

Randi Bell of Castro Valley caught 10.18 lbs. catfish using chicken liver fishing over by bass cove.
Jim Wong of Redwood City caught a 10.51 lbs. and 7.28 lbs. catfish fishing over by the burner.
Neaslson Doon of Redwood City caught a 8.2 lbs. catfish fishing over by the island using Mackerel.
Vince Jorgenson of Castro Valley caught a nice 8.47 lbs. catfish using liver fishing back in bass cove.

Monday — Thursday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am — 4:00pm
Boats are due in by 5:00pm
Friday — 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.


Park Hours:  October     6:30am – 7:00pm        November    6:30am – 6:30pm
Trout season is beginning here at Shadow Cliffs.  The first reports of trout caught have been coming in. The water temperature is still quite warm though so it may be a couple more weeks before they really start to bite.  No reports of catfish or bass this week.  Please practice catch and release for all bass as they are not stocked in the lake and their population depends on you!  

*Please remember that the back ponds have different regulations than the main lake.  They are as follows:  an EBRPD daily fishing permit as well as a CA State fishing license; catch and release; barbless hooks; artificial lures (no live bait); and float tubes only.  No other vessels are permitted in the back ponds.

With the current drought conditions, water levels have dropped dramatically leaving all of our fishing docks grounded and making boat launching rather difficult.  Use extreme caution when using the boat ramp.  It is subject to closure without notice.  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 72 degrees.

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

Featured Anglers:

10/9/14 – Miguel Villanueva from San Jose caught his limit in Trout with the largest weighing in at 5 lbs. 12 oz.  He caught all of them on a silver kastmaster while fishing between the 2nd and 3rd dock.

10/10/14 – Miguel Villanueva from San Jose caught his limit in Trout again today


No report.


Striped bass fishing is picking up at Eckley Pier and a few salmon have also been reeled in.


Fishing has been slow  Don Castro. We are hoping for better fishing with this cooler weather.


The fishing is still slow out at Antioch/Oakley Shoreline.
A lot of folks trying, but keepers are far and few to be seen.

A BIG THANKS to our Fish & Wildlife Wardens that have been out lately catching the illegal poachers of the under size bass.

To Report suspicious activity in our park call Public Safety Park Watch (510) 881-1833 
Fish & Wildlife Cal Tip line: 1-888-334-2258 for illegal poaching. 


Fishing has been slow.


Anglers have been taking leopard shark and perch.


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

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
10/20/14 1000 --- --- ---
10/27/14 750 2500 --- ---
11/03/14 1000 --- --- ---
Lake Chabot
10/20/14 500 --- --- ---
10/27/14 500 --- --- ---
11/03/14 700 --- --- ---
Shadow Cliffs
10/20/14 500 --- ---
10/27/14 750 --- --- ---
11/03/14 --- 1300
--- ---
Quarry Lakes
10/20/14 500 --- --- ---
10/27/14 500 --- --- ---
11/03/14 1000 --- --- ---
Contra Loma
10/20/14 --- --- --- ---
10/27/14 500 --- --- ---
11/03/14 --- --- --- ---
Lake Temescal
500 --- --- ---
10/27/14 --- --- --- ---
11/03/14 500
--- --- ---
Don Castro
--- --- --- ---
--- --- --- --- ---
--- --- --- --- ---
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