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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1015  | July 18, 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.

FREE FISHING DAY is July 5! You do not need to have in possession a state fishing license or an East Bay Regional Park District fishing access permit to fish the Regional Parks lakes. All other rules and regulations apply.

General Activity


This week’s fishing was excellent with the weather being warm and the wind staying calm, more fish are being caught. Water clarity is clear with an at least ten foot visibility out by Heron Bay and the Dam and the temperature is 74 degrees. There were quite a few big catches this week of stripers, catfish and largemouth. Catfish are now biting consistently around the Narrows and the Dam on anchovies, chicken liver, or any stink bait. Stripers are moving on down to the Narrows area and are still biting at the Dam. Anchovies and chicken livers are your go to bait for stripers and they will bite in the morning or early afternoon. One whopper Largemouth was caught this week on a Top water lure near the Dam in the morning. The bass bite is more of a reaction bite around reeds, rocky points or ridge lines from a variety of hard baits such as jerk baits or swim jigs with green or blue colored craw trailers. Signs of trout are becoming scarce with only two catches this week.

Doc Al’s Fishing Report July 3, 2014

Al Hurwitz of Saratoga and Abbey Lev of Sunnyvale caught and released six smallmouth bass and one striped bass. One fish (probably a striper) broke the line while trolling a Rapala across the dam face, while another fish (probably a smallmouth) got off the hook trolling the rock wall by the eastern entrance to Heron Bay. The seven fish we caught were all taken on Panther Martins trolled 20 feet below the surface in water columns of 35-40 feet. The water clarity was quite good and the surface temperature varied from 73-76 degrees. No trout today. I anticipate that the next several months are going to be characterized by anglers catching plenty of bass (smallmouth bass seem to be outnumbering largemouth bass right now), as well as an abundance of striped bass and catfish. I expect some good catches of crappie and bluegill as well. Remember that if the surface bass bite is not working, try to go deeper when trolling or casting for bass. Toller’s can use deep diving lures, split shot, keel sinkers, downriggers, or leaded line.

   All the best, Dr. Al Hurwitz

Featured Anglers:

Christy Brekke of San Jose caught a 14.5 lb. striper on anchovies in the Lower Narrows
Ronny Tsang of Union City caught a 17.1 lb. striper on anchovies in the Lower Narrows
John Downey of Livermore caught a 1.45 lb. smallmouth on a nightcrawler at Hetch Hetchy
Todd Craven of Livermore caught a 12.8 lb. largemouth on a top water near the dam
Doug Jacoby of San Jose caught a 3.83 lb. trout on Power Bait out at the dam
Cole Carnahan of Livermore caught a 2.2 lb. striper on chicken livers in the Narrows
Jones of Burlingame caught an 11.1 lb. catfish and a 12.9 lb. striper on anchovies out at the dam
Kyle Trusk of Livermore caught a 7 lb. trout on a white Senko in the Lower Narrows
Henry Jeng of Castro Valley caught a 14.83 lb. stringer of striper with the largest weighing at 3.8 lbs. on anchovies in the Upper Narrows

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.

Fishing has generally been slow the past couple of weeks here at Quarry Lakes. Anglers shouldn’t be discouraged, however, as we guarantee plenty of fish in the water!  Due to the warm temperatures and a reduction in regular plants, trout has been very slow. Anglers looking to reel in some catfish will have much better luck. The best spot for catfish is on either side of the peninsula.  The most popular types of bait used are nightcrawlers, shrimp, and chicken livers.

Catch Reports:

June 30 – Bernie Helwig of Milpitas.  6lbs. trout on Rainbow Runners, trolling.
July 2 – Anthony Vu of Hayward. Four catfish on shrimp at the back side of the peninsula. 6lbs-8oz, 6lbs, 3lbs-13oz, and 3lbs-4oz.
July 3 – Richard Kuwitzky of Niles. One catfish with chicken liver on boat.
July 7 – J.R. Mull of Fremont. One catfish approximately 18lbs on night crawlers at the front side of the peninsula. Caught around 9pm.
July 10 – Anthony Vu of Hayward. Limit of catfish (5) totaling 33lbs-10oz on the back side of the peninsula using shrimp.
July 11 – Tom Fiester of Fremont. 2lbs-8oz smallmouth bass on the front of Horseshoe lake on boat using Panther Martin Spinners.


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

Reminder to boaters:  All watercraft (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.
- Catfish have been biting on nightcrawlers, anchovies, shrimp, or chicken liver at Channel Point or near the Swim Lagoon.
- Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake.
- Crappie and bluegill has been biting on jigs or worms at Loma Island or Channel Point area.  Anglers have been doing well fishing from a boat with artificial baits or lures.
- Trout fishing slowed down. Try using Power Bait or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake.
- Anthony & Oscar Martinez caught a 13.13 lb. striper on chicken liver at the east side near the rocks.


Bass and catfishing has been picking up a lot more with the warmer weather expected later on this week. We will only be planting catfish from now through the end of summer. Bass fishing continues to keep anglers busy, with bass reported getting caught on a daily basis, largemouth bass have been pulled out of bass cove on plastics. Fishing from the shoreline has been doing extremely well too, but make sure to come early to claim your spot. If you are going out on a boat, some hot spots are around the island, half moon bay, Indian cove, and also near raccoon point.  Water temperature is currently around 70 degrees with 5 feet visibility. The water level of the lake remains 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 at 6 AM – 6 PM boat rentals will stop at  5 PM and are due back at 6 PM. Friday through Sunday are hours are 6 AM-7 PM boat rentals stop at 6 pm and are due in at 7 PM

Attention all boaters we now offer food delivery to your boat! Call the marina place and order for $25 or more and it will be brought 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

Fishing for Catfish is starting to pick up with a lot more fish being caught at raccoon point as well as bullfrog landing. This past week Ken Kruse of San Lorenzo caught his limit of catfish on mackerel fishing by the island and Half Moon Bay.  More catfish are reported getting caught daily including 7.5 lbs. catfish caught about a week ago.  Water temperature will determine how active catfishing will be.  The warmer the water, the more active they will be, especially at night. 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.  

As we move closer to summer the water temperature will continue to rise causing trout to move deeper into the lake. 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 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! We will continue trout plants later on this year when the water temperature cools back down.

Bass fishing has picked up a lot more on both the shoreline and off a boat. Reports of bass are getting caught on a daily basis all over the lake. If you are fishing for bass, they are hitting mostly in the early mornings and 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!

No whoppers were reported getting caught this week.

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

Friday — Sunday
Boat rentals are 6:00am — 6:00pm
Boats 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.


Gates are open 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. through Labor Day

Catfish plants are occurring on a weekly basis and reports of catfish caught from the shoreline are starting to come in.  Trout fishing from the shore is slow as they have retreated to deeper waters.  Anglers on boats, on the other hand, have had better luck and still report catching their limits in trout.  Please practice catch and release for bass as they are not stocked in the lake and their population depends on you!

The Boat Rentals and the bait shop are now open daily from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. and the Snack Shack is open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  The Snack Shack is also currently selling California State Fishing Licenses during their regular business hours.  All watercraft must be off the lake a half hour before park closing. Water temperature is approximately 75 degrees.

Featured Anglers:

6/26/14 (reported 7/2/14) – 53 (Yes, 53!) catfish were caught and released between 11am – 9pm to the right of the 2nd dock.  The largest weighed in at a whopping 19.12 lbs.! Anchovies were the bait of choice.

7/4/14 – Twelve catfish caught and released in the main lake.

7/5/14 – Reported from the Boat Marina, an angler caught many Rainbow trout from the pan handle. He switched to Power Bait because they kept biting. Sounds like he took home his limit on trout! Average size was 3-4lbs.

7/8/14 – Five catfish caught and released in the main lake, bait used was chicken liver.

7/9/14 – An angler battled a large catfish (approx. 4 feet & 25-30 lbs.) for 35 minutes before he was able to get it alongside the boat.  The catfish snapped the line before he could wrestle it into the boat.  He also caught and released another 5 lb. catfish.   Both caught on homemade secret bait.

7/10/14 – Eight bass caught and released float tubing on the Island Pond.


No report.


There haven’t been many anglers these past two weeks here at Don Castro and no reports of any fish caught .We are hoping these next two weeks will produce some of those catfish that are lurking in the depths that were planted not too long ago.


A few striped bass and keeper sturgeon have been caught, as well as several sharks at Eckley Pier.


The fishing at Antioch/Oakley Shoreline seems to be steady for now…and a 30” black bass was caught last week.


3 undersized stripers, released, 22” Striper, 27” Striper, 29” Striper, 1 Large Ray


Fishing has been slow.


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

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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 07/07/14 --- --- 1000 ---
07/14/14 --- --- 2000 ---
07/21/14 1000 --- 500 ---
Lake Chabot 07/07/14 --- --- 500 ---
07/14/14 --- --- 1000 ---
07/21/14 ---  --- 500 ---
Shadow Cliffs 07/07/14 --- --- 500 ---
07/14/14 --- --- 1000 ---
07/21/14 --- --- --- ---
Quarry Lakes 07/07/14 --- --- --- ---
07/14/14 --- --- 500 ---
07/21/14 1000 --- 1000 ---
Contra Loma 07/07/14 --- --- 500 ---
07/14/14 --- --- --- ---
07/21/14  --- --- 500 ---
Lake Temescal 07/07/14 --- --- 500 ---
07/14/14 ---  --- 500 ---
---  --- --- --- ---
Don Castro 07/28/14 --- --- 250 ---
--- --- --- --- ---
--- --- --- --- ---
Shinn Pond --- --- --- --- ---
Jordan Pond 07/28/14 --- --- 205 ---

General Information

General Information

General Fishing information can be found at:

Guidelines for Fish Consumption information can be found at:

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