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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1024  | November 19, 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


It was a decent week for some anglers. The trout bite picked up for a while, then slowed down. Water temperature is about 61 degrees and the clarity varies from minimal to decent depending on location. Anglers have been catching a few nice trout and it’s mainly been on the shore lines. Power Bait, Power Eggs, or tubes will help bring their attention around the East Beach or the Narrows. Stripers will boil in the afternoons and you can still bait fish for them over by Heron Bay. Largemouth and smallies bite has slowed down drastically and no catfish have been caught for a couple of weeks.
Featured Anglers:

Fred Morimoto of Santa Clara caught a 7.3 lb. trout on rainbow Power Bait at the East Beach.

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.

On October 23, Josh Munoz of Union City caught an 8.1lb. trout on a Kastmaster left of the beach area.

On October 31, Brad Moore of San Jose caught a 9.1lb. trout in the middle of Horseshoe Lake on the swim beach side using “a whole bunch of lure changes”.
On November 2, Joseph Magpantay of Hayward caught a 4.13lb. catfish behind the left hand point of the peninsula on orange eggs.
On November 6, Shin Kato of Fremont caught a 10.25 lb. trout in the cove on a spoon.
On November 9, Wilmer Magpantay of Hayward caught a 5.13lb. catfish.
On November 11, Lawrence Yano of Castro Valley caught two trout (2.8lbs. & 2lbs.) from a float tube on the right side of the beach.

Overall trout fishing is starting to pick up. The shore anglers seem to be doing better than the folks trolling in boats..


Fishing at Temescal has really picked up! There have been a couple of trout plants – the latest last week – and anglers are having a good time catching them.


Park Hours: For November is 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off 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 has picked up. They are biting at Channel Point with a variety of Power Bait or Kastmaster lures.
Catfish have been biting on nightcrawlers, anchovies, or chicken liver at Channel Point or the boat ramp area.
Black Bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake.
Crappie or bluegill have been biting on jigs or worms at Loma Island or Channel Point area


Overall, trout fishing had another slow week.   Rain is expected, so hopefully this will get trout fishing a little more active.  Catfishing is still doing fairly well, and several big catfish got pulled out the last several weeks.  This past week a nice 16 lb. catfish was caught by Raccoon Point.  Water temperature is starting to come down.  Currently, water temperature is around 63 degrees with 5 feet visibility near the middle of the lake. 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 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

Catfishing had another great week!!! Two whoppers came in early November.  James Milet of Hayward caught a nice 18 lb. catfish fishing over by the dam using mackerel, and Aaron Lotto of Elk Grove caught a huge 23.93 lb. catfish fishing over by the island also using mackerel.  This past week Juan Ramos of San Leandro caught a nice 16 lb. catfish fishing over by Raccoon Point using nightcrawlers.  Limits were also reported getting caught throughout the week by Ken Kruse fishing near the sticks. 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 another slow week here at Lake Chabot.  This past week Dan Willoughby of San Jose caught a 5 lb. trout fishing over by the Dam on a Kastmaster.  The water temperature is starting to cool down meaning trout fishing will start picking back up again.  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 Power Bait with garlic scent. 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!

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!

Dan Willoughby of San Jose caught a 5 lb. trout fishing over by the Dam using a Kastmaster
Gary Sutton of Castro Valley caught a 8 lb. catfish on Power Bait fishing over on the East Shore trail.  
Juan Ramos of San Leandro caught a 16 lb. catfish on a nightcrawler fishing over by Raccoon Point.

Monday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:30 am — 3:30pm
Boats are due in by 4:30pm
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.


November Park Hours:    6:30am-5:30pm    December Park Hours:  7:00am -5:30pm


TROUT FISHING IS GOOD AND PLENTIFUL!!  Boaters are catching their limits daily, and fishing from the various shorelines are putting smiles on a lot of anglers!!   On 11/6, Blake Perice of Danville was fishing near the Point and he caught a 20 inch trout on Power Bait. Marvin Gaela of Dublin caught three trout on Power Bait just to the right of the first dock.  Remy from San Jose caught his limit of trout on the second dock and he was using Power Bait.  On 11/7, Alex Bennet of Dublin caught his limit of trout on mice tails while fishing off the Stanley dock. Chris Rubalcab also caught his limit on Power Bait while on the second dock! Don from Milpitas caught a 23 inch trout on Power Bait and Kastmasters. One of our numerous regulars caught a 12lb. catfish while fishing for trout!! He was fishing off the second dock! Looks like “Our Second Dock is Hot!!” :)  On 11/8, Marvin and Alex Gaela of Dublin caught four trout on Power Bait fishing near the first dock. “Catfish Joe” is here daily and is still reeling in the cats!             

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Featured Anglers:

On 11/9, Justin of Livermore reeled in a huge 9lb., 3oz. rainbow trout while fishing on the shore just left of the second dock.
On 11/15, Roberto Berduco caught his limit fishing off the 1st dock on lures and the largest was 9.5 lbs.
On 11/13, Marvin Gaela of Dublin caught a 5 lb. trout, fishing off the 2nd dock on green Power Bait.
On 11/16, Rod Salcado caught two 4 lb. trout fishing with a Kastmaster right of the 2nd dock.

*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, all of the fishing docks are grounded, but are still accessible and stable.  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 60 degrees.

We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Kiosk staff.   Thank You and we look forward to seeing you soon.


No report.


Striped bass are still being caught at Eckley by anglers using grass shrimp and anchovies.


The fishing has been very slow these past two weeks here at Don Castro, but that is all about to change. With the colder weather and the 500 lbs. of trout to be planted this week, the fishing should be really good. There is now a new Iron Ranger at the main entrance, along with a posting of the next fish plants.


The fishing continues to be slow at Antioch/Oakley Shoreline with only one report of a 16 lb. 36 inch striped bass last week. 


Along the pier at Point Pinole there has been a smattering of hit and miss fishing. Multiple undersized bass are being caught and a few perch coming in.


Anglers have taken jacksmelt and red rock crabs.


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
11/17/14 1000 --- --- ---
11/24/14 1200 --- --- ---
12/01/14 1000 --- --- ---
Lake Chabot
11/17/14 1000 --- --- ---
11/24/14 1000 --- --- ---
12/01/14 1000 --- --- ---
Shadow Cliffs
11/17/14 1000 --- ---
11/24/14 --- 1100 --- ---
12/01/14 700 ---
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Quarry Lakes
11/17/14 800 1000
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11/24/14 1000 --- --- ---
12/01/14 1000
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Contra Loma
11/17/14 --- 1000 --- ---
11/24/14 --- --- --- ---
12/01/14 800 ---
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Lake Temescal
500 --- --- ---
11/24/14 --- --- --- ---
12/01/14 500
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Don Castro
500 --- --- ---
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--- --- --- --- ---
Shinn Pond
--- --- --- --- ---
Jordan Pond
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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