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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1093 | July 14, 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  
07/10/17 ---
--- 1000
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07/17/17 ---
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07/24/17 ---
--- 750
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Lake Chabot  
07/10/17 ---
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07/17/17 ---
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07/24/17 ---

750
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Shadow Cliffs  
07/10/17 ---
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750
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07/17/17 ---
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07/24/17 ---
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Quarry Lakes  
07/10/17 ---
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750
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07/17/17
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07/24/17
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Contra Loma  
07/10/17 ---
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07/17/17
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07/24/17
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500
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Lake Temescal
07/10/17 ---
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07/17/17
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07/24/17
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500
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Don Castro  
07/10/17
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--- 500
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07/17/17
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07/24/17
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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
7am – 6pm; all watercrafts must be off the lake by 5pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather this week has been beautiful with temperatures in the mid-80s to low 100s with the surface temperature at 80 degrees.  Fishing this week has been good with many anglers coming in with limits of stripers.  

Our good friends Al Hurwitz and Abbey Lev came out this week and this is their report:

“Al Hurwitz of Saratoga and Abbey Lev of Sunnyvale trolled the lake on 6/29/17 and caught a fair number of smallmouth bass, although most were quite small. There were a few decent sized fish, and some didn't stay pinned. We found success with Panther Martin spinners trolled 15 feet below the surface in a 20 foot water column. Applying scent to the lures seemed to help. Water surface temperature was 76-78 degrees, and the water clarity was quite good, particularly in the northern half of the lake. Trollers should work clearer water to catch smallies which are located on both sides of the lake.  The fish are located off points and over subsurface structure. If trolling, expect to snag lures on hidden trees and vegetation below the water surface. The smallmouth bite should continue to improve throughout the summer.
     All the best, Dr. Al Hurwitz”
CATFISH
Catfish have been starting to show up more often this week with a couple anglers coming back with fish.  Most anglers are using anchovies or nightcrawlers you can also get them on mackerel.  I would recommend fishing around weedbeds and tule patches.
TROUT  
No report.
BLACK BASS
Black bass have been biting.  Most anglers are using either 4 or 6 inch Senkos and crankbaits. I would also try using swim jigs and smaller top water lures.  Fish the coves, points, and fallen trees.
STRIPED BASS
Striped Bass have been the hot bite this week with many anglers having luck out on the water.  Most anglers have been catching them on bait, either anchovies, mackerel or sardines.  If you target them look for sandy beaches and cover in the water. Stripers have been sitting in twenty feet of water or less.  
FEATURED ANGLERS:

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Miguel Del Rio of Rancho caught 1 catfish it weighed 5.5 LBS

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Juan Rivera and Saul Rivera of San Jose caught 4 striper and 1 catfish, the stringer weighed 22 LBS

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Saul Chavez and friend caught 4 striper, the stringer weighed 15 LBS

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Monday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am - 4:30pm
Boats are due in by 5:30 pm
Hours subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
No Report.

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
A few folks have still been catching the remainder of trout in the lake. Most have been smaller around 8 inches or so. The trout were caught using Powerbait dough. A few catfish have been caught using Powerbait in addition to night crawlers. The catfish were caught near the north Temescal area and the trout were caught at the middle fishing dock.

HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
6:00am -- 7:00pm; all watercraft must arrive before 3pm to be inspected, and trailered boats must be at the kiosk by 4:00pm to be banded.

There has been positive tests for blue-green algae in and around the swimming area. Park visitors should be watchful of their dogs, taking care that they do not contact the water. Currently our boat ramp and fishing pier are both open.

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
Although it’s mostly catfish that are biting, we are still hearing from fisherman that they are pulling in trout, occasionally catching their limits. Wes of Fremont (no picture) has caught his limit of trout on night crawlers from "the row" several times recently. Our most recent plant was 750 lbs. of catfish from Mt. Lassen on July 10th.  

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Jeff Kunz caught a 5.5 lbs trout on Fisherman’s Row using Blue Fox spinner bait

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Hun Kin "Ken" caught a 12.5 lbs. catfish on chicken liver off of the pier

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8 year old Maddie from Southern CA caught a 1.6 lb. trout on Fisherman’s Row.  She was using night crawlers. 

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
July-August 6:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; all watercraft must be off 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.
CATFISH
Catfishing has picked up at the boat ramp or Loma Island with anchovies, nightcrawlers or chicken livers.  Also still good for anglers fishing from boats.  

TROUT
No report.
BASS
Black Bass have been biting with artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake or from boats. 
STRIPED BASS
No striped bass catches reported
OTHER SPECIES
Crappie and bluegill have been biting with jigs or worms at the Boat Ramp area or Channel point.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week

Park hours: 6:00am-9:00pm
Concession Hours: 11:00am -6:00pm
Marina Hours: 8:00am-- 5:00pm

Boat banding ends at 7:30pm

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.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather at Shadow Cliffs has been very nice with the temperatures in the low 60 to the high 80.
Water Temperature: 75 degrees, depending on depth.
Water Clarity: Visibility seems to vary between 10-15 feet.
TROUT
The trout bite has slowed down because of the heat.
BASS
On 7/9/17 a fisherman caught and released 7 bass; he was float tubing in the arroyo and he was using Senko’s.
CATFISH
Anglers report fishing for catfish has picked up with limits being caught around the lake.

On 7/2/17 Cody of Livermore caught 2 catfish totaling 10lbs. Cody was using chicken livers and he was fishing by the marina.

Sam of Pleasanton caught his limits of catfish out on his boat and he was using mackerel for bait.

Rich Lei of Livermore caught 3 catfish and he was fishing left of the 1st dock.

On 7/5/17 Romy of Livermore caught 2 catfish and he was fishing by the marina.

On 7/10/17 a fisherman caught 5 catfish; he was using chicken livers and he was fishing left of the boat launch.

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD) 

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fishing has been slowing down, but there will be a catfish plant the week of July 10th so fishing should pick up after this week!

TROUT
No Report
CATFISH
Catfishing should pick up for the remainder of the summer.

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
5am – 10pm
Parking lot open 7:00am-4:30pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
No Report.

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.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The pier retrofit is complete, with all new benches, windscreens and cleaning station!
Fishing has been improving with the best fishing at high tide.

STRIPED BASS
Striped Bass action has been hit and miss, with at least several catches per week, ranging from 18 inches to 32 inches.

OTHER SPECIES
A few sharks, bat rays, and jack smelt have been caught as well as some king fish!

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
No Report.

ECKLEY PIER

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
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

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