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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1063  | May 20, 2016

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

*** 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.
This bald eagle got entangled with a fishing leader at Contra Loma. PLEASE pick-up after yourselves, leave no hooks, lines or any other garbage behind. This is not the first time this has happened. I have seen a blue heron, great egret and geese all with fishing line caught on them. Hopefully this eagle will not get the line wrapped around something and die!”  -- Richard Evans Follow up, the eagle is fine and the fishing line is now gone. Lucky this time! 
eagle with fishing line

Please use the special fishing line disposal tubes at Del Valle, Lake Chabot and Shadow Cliffs.  
Recycling your broken fishing monofilament helps protect wildlife. 

Learn about the Leave No Trace Principles for Outdoor Ethics

Fish Planting Information

Note:
  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  
05/09/16 750 --- --- ---
05/16/16 --- --- --- ---
05/23/16 750 --- --- ---
Lake Chabot  
05/09/16 750 1000 --- ---
05/16/16 --- --- --- ---
05/23/16 750 --- --- ---
Shadow Cliffs  
05/09/16 --- 500 --- ---
05/16/16 750 --- --- ---
05/23/16 --- --- --- ---
Quarry Lakes  
05/09/16 750 --- --- ---
05/16/16 --- --- --- ---
05/23/16 750 --- --- ---
Contra Loma  
05/09/16 500 --- --- ---
05/16/16 --- --- --- ---
05/23/16 500 --- --- ---
Lake Temescal
05/09/16 --- --- --- ---
05/16/16 1000 --- --- ---
05/23/16 --- --- --- ---
Don Castro  
05/09/16 --- --- --- ---
05/16/16 500 --- --- ---
05/23/16 --- --- --- ---
Shinn Pond  
--- --- --- --- ---
Jordan Pond
--- --- --- ---  

General Activity

DEL VALLE (LIVERMORE)

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been beautiful with temperatures in the mid 80s and peak temperatures around 93 to 95 degrees. With the weather warming up, this made for some great fishing conditions. Striped Bass, Black Bass and trout are all biting, but the hot bite this past week has been Catfish with many anglers reporting catches. Mt Lassen recently planted 750 lbs. of Rainbow trout, so there are plenty of trout to catch. The water is clear and the lake is full, and that makes for some great fishing. 

CATFISH
Catfish are starting to show back up with many people catching these whiskers within the 3-7lb range, and a few anglers got into the 15lbs. range. Some anglers have even reported catching some big ones up to 17 lbs. If you target catfish look for cover, big fallen trees, weed beds, etc. The best bait to use recently has been chicken livers, anchovies or sardines.

TROUT  
With the warm water we have, trout have been real slow. If you target them, try to find some deeper water around 15-20 feet, you might also have to venture into the different coves we have as well. The best baits to use have been garlic power bait or nightcrawlers. If you want to use lures, try deeper diving jerkbaits. .

BASS
Black bass are hitting pretty good. Find fallen trees, weed beds or the tulle patches. We would recommend throwing either a weed-less senko, Roboworms, or artificial crawdads on a ½- to a 1-oz football jighead. Anglers are also catching them on shallow to mid running crank baits.
The bass are post spawn, with males and females protecting their babies. If you target and catch a Black Bass, please carefully release them so that they can return to protect their offspring. Staff and public alike want to preserve this popular sportfish for generations to come.

STRIPED BASS
Striped bass are probably your best bet to try and target. Anglers are catching in either Heron Bay in about 20-30 feet of water or near the Dam. The best baits have been chicken liver, anchovies, mackerel or sardines. You can also try catching them on nice sized jerk baits like Lucky Kraft Rat-L Traps or Yo Zuri. We would also recommend jigging for them with either a Hair Raiser or a Chatter bait.

WHOPPERS

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Maya Garcia of Livermore, caught 2 Striped Bass. The largest weighed in at 3.6 lbs., and her stringer weighed 5.15 lbs. She was using Chicken Livers while fishing near the Dam.

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Santino Topete of San Jose, caught 2 Striped Bass. His largest weighed in at 3 lbs. and his stringer weighed 5.13 lbs. He was fishing near the Dam using anchovies.

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Heather Schwarzenbac and her family of Livermore, caught 4 Striped Bass. The largest weighed in at 3.7 lbs. They were using anchovies while fishing near the Dam.

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Taylor Gregoff of Milpitas, caught 1 Black Bass weighing in at 1.8 lbs. He was using nightcrawlers and fishing near the Dam.

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Sergio Benitez of San Jose, caught 3 trout. The largest of the three weighed in at 7.5 lbs., and he hooked it using Power-Bait while fishing from the East Beach area.

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Frank Lomeli from Sacramento caught 1 Black Bass. It weighed in at 5.8 lbs. He was using glitter plastic Worms and fishing in the south end.

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Vi Bui of San Jose caught one Trout. It weighed in at 2.6 lbs. She was using Power Bait fishing near the Dam.

WHOPPERS:

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Luis Cabrera of San Jose, on caught 1 trout, and it weighed in at 11.15 lbs. He was using nightcrawlers and marshmallows fishing off the East Side Trail.

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Ricky Garcia of Livermore, caught 2 catfish and 1 striped bass. His biggest catfish weighed 7 lbs. He was using chicken livers and anchovies while fishing in Swallow Bay.

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Kenny Khu of Livermore caught one Catfish. It weighed in at 11 lbs, he was using Anchovies fishing in Swallow Bay.

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Boat rentals are from 6:00am – 5:30pm
Boats are due in by 5pm
Hours subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels

GENERAL CONDITIONS
LAKE CHABOT 50TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY IS COMING UP ON JUNE 4TH!!!!! Lake Chabot is hosting a trout derby for kids and adults on June 4th. Tickets are $5 dollars and will benefit the Regional Parks Foundation.  The Derby ticket will be good for the event on June 4th (day fishing derby) and also 5th-30th (month long derby). Water level is about 86% full.  Trout fishing has been starting to slow down for the last couple weeks but anglers are still pulling out some nice fish. We received 750 lbs. of trout from Mt. Lassen on the 9th and also another 1,000 lbs. of trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife on the 14th. Water temperature remains in the low 60’s and water clarity is about 3 feet visibility.  The visibility of the water should clear up in the next couple of days depending on the weather.    

CATFISH
Catfishing is slow this time of the year, but as we get closer and closer to summer the catfishing actions should pick back up.  Until then trout are currently still biting near the dam. Catfishing conditions will improve when the water temperature starts to warm back up.

TROUT  
The first dock on the west shore trail have been keeping anglers busy in the morning and trolling across from Raccoon Point have been doing the trick.  Trolling deeper has been doing the trick to get trout to bit.  Trolling seems to be the best bet by trolling a Firetiger Rapala close to the shore near across from Raccoon point and back by the dam.

BASS
With the warm weather we are expecting this upcoming week, bass fishing should be great. Bass fishing already has been steady for the last several weeks with some bass anglers catching and releasing good numbers. If you do want to try your luck a couple good spots to fish for bass are near the island or in bass cove using a drop shot rig. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you! 

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Expect temperatures starting in the low 50s but warming up in the middle of next week to be in the 70s. Winds are steady between 13mph-16mph. Most catches have been trout, although a few bluegill and bass have also been caught.

CATFISH
No catfish catches reported.

TROUT
Most anglers have been catching trout using plastic lures, and glitter trout bait.

BASS
Bass are still biting right now at Lake Temescal. Anglers have had success on plastic lures and Power Bait. Remember to release your bass back into the lake because they are not planted and the population depends on you!

HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

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

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Gates open from 6am - 6pm
There was positive tests for blue-green algae in and around the swimming area. The swim area is currently closed and 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 and the water is on the rise.

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.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fishing has been a little hit and miss here the last couple weeks. We had a spike in limits and big trout after a series of consecutive plants, but since then it has settled down a bit. Fish are expected to be biting again this, with a plant coming from Mt. Lassen the week of the 23rd. Bass are still biting, especially in Rainbow Lake and the backside of Horseshoe Lake. Catfish have gone quiet for the time being.

WHOPPERS:

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Vincente Cortez of Fremont, caught a whopper of a trout at 11 lbs. 2 oz. He caught it on a crankbait just east of the Kiosk Cove.

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Another big trout was caught by Don Del Carlo. His trout came in at 8 lbs. 8 oz.

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
April: 6am – 8pm; all water craft must be off the lake by 6pm.
May: 6am -- 8:30pm; all water craft must be off the lake by 6:30 pm.

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
Expect cooler temperatures through the weekend, but the weather will warm up during the week. Temperatures will reach the mid-80s. There is wind is 8-15mph, and the sky is relatively clear.

CATFISH
Try fishing for catfish at Channel Point, Loma Island or from a boat with nightcrawlers or chicken liver.

TROUT
Trout bite has slowed down.  Try fishing at Channel Point, near the swim area or from a boat using nightcrawlers or variety of power bait.

BASS
Black bass fishing has been good again this week, biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake. 

CRAPPIE/BLUEGILL
Try fishing for crappie or bluegill with jigs or worms at the boat ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area. 

WHOPPERS:

Roger Valladoa caught a 10.7 lb. Trout with a kastmaster at the boat ramp.

Paul Buccelatto caught & released a 9.5 lb. Black Bass with a senko from a float tube.

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Jeff Turpin caught a 28.10 lb. Striper with a lipless crank bait from a boat near Swim Lagoon.

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Julio caught a 9.1 lb. Striper with nightcrawlers at the east side. 

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
May: 6am-8:30pm
June: 6am-9pm
Marina Weekend Hours: 11am to 5pm
Concession Weekend Hours: 11am to 5pm
All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been beautiful with temperatures ranging from mid 50s to high 80s, with winds blowing at 12mph. Water temperature is 62’.
Please note boaters must be 100 feet away from the swim ropes, fish tube and the docks.
We encourage all anglers to please stop by our kiosk on the way out to report catches, stories, comments, and/or concerns.

CATFISH
Chicken livers will help you catch a catfish this week, likely by the boat marina and in the shallows.

TROUT
Trout are biting right now. Anglers are having success on rapalas, garlic Power Bait, senkos, and Power Eggs.
BASS
Bass are biting on swimbaits, but remember to release your bass back into the lake to keep the population up.
CRAPPIE/BLUEGILL
No crappies or bluegill reported.

WHOPPERS:
Mojtaba, of San Ramon, while fishing off of the 1st dock using power-bait, caught a 4lb trout late in the afternoon.
Han, of San Leandro, caught 3 trout using orange power-bait while fishing off of the 1st dock.

Jimmy, of San Jose, caught his limit of trout while fishing left of the boat launch using power-bait.

One boater reported catching trout limits within only 1 hour in the morning.

Jon Cristenson, of Patterson, caught and released 9 bass fishing in the arroyo using senkos for bait.

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD) 

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Sunny and warm, with reports of anglers catching average to small sized rainbow trout and catfish. Garlic scented bait seems to be an effective strategy at Don Castro this time of year.

WHOPPERS:
One whopper rainbow trout reported for the week of May 9th.

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
March/April: 7am – 6pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fishing has been steady, with anglers taking jacksmelt and bullheads.
The Ferry Point plaza is now complete, with a new fish cleaning table!

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 fishing has picked up somewhat lately. The catch consists mostly of sharks and bat rays interspersed with the occasional striper.

ANTIOCH/OAKLEY PIER

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

The bass fishing seems to be picking up out at Antioch/Oakley Shoreline, a few keepers are coming in.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather is going to be wet and then warm, with temperatures reaching the mid-80s, but mostly staying in the 70s and 80s. Expect low wind and lots of sun.

ECKLEY PIER

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather is perfect conditions for fishing right now, with temperatures ranging from the low 70s to the high 80s.

JORDAN POND (GARIN PARK, HAYWARD) 

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. An annual EBRPD permit is available for $120 to residents 62 years and up, and disabled persons.  Call (510) 544-2203 for more information or to apply for a permit.
New Annual Invasive Boat Inspection Permits are available for $40.


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

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