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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1040  | July 1, 2015

Free Fishing Days

Free Fishing days for 2015 are July 4 and September 5.
For details see the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

*** 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.
A bald eagle was recently entangled with a fishing leader at Contra Loma.
PLEASE pick-up after yourselves, leave no hooks, lines or any other garbage behind!


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


Stripers, stripers, and more stripers are being caught.  An average sized striped bass at the moment is anywhere from 2 lbs. to 8 lbs.  Anchovies have been the key to success on the lake this week.  When fishing with anchovies, it is very important to cut the heads and tails off - this makes the bait leak more blood and oils.  It also makes the bait a lot more streamline, meaning the fish can pick it up and swallow it much easier.  The head and tail can catch on the edge of the mouth causing you to miss the bite, when you remove those parts the fish can literally inhale the bait.  Don't forget to throw those heads and tails in the water, to create a powerful scent trail in your fishing hole!
Catfish can be caught on the same techniques as stripers, but catfish are notorious for hitting like a ton of bricks and stealing rods right off the boat or even out of your hands if you’re not prepared for it, so keep your drag very low.  It’s a good idea to let cats run with the bait for a little bit, they like to pick up bait and run for a few yards before stopping and swallowing it.  So let em' run until they slow down then set that hook hard and hang on!  You can find catfish on the edges of big points and drop offs like in Heron Bay or in the weed beds in the back of coves.
The weather has been beautiful but hot.  Fire conditions are perfect for a big grass fire so please BBQ responsibly in designated BBQ pits with water at the ready!  Don't forget to bring plenty of drinking water for the hot days and sunscreen!  Good luck to everybody!

Anglers of the week: 

Angel Garcia of Livermore caught a 4 lb. catfish and a 3 lb. striper on chicken liver south of the launch ramp

Tim Stroup and Ben Blount of Dublin caught five stripers - the stringer weighed 11.5 lbs. on anchovies by the Dam

JP Castro of San Jose caught two stripes on anchovies  - the largest was 6.5 lbs. out in Heron Bay

Roger of Hayward caught a 6 lb. striper on anchovies out in Heron Bay

James Mauzey of Santa Cruz caught a 9 lb. trout on Power Bait north of Swallow Bay


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

Jose Villalobos of San Jose caught a 3lb., 3oz. rainbow trout on the peninsula using Power Bait. No other reports. 

Due to a toxic algae bloom fewer anglers have been visiting and fishing has been slow. However, the fish are still safe to consume when the filets are rinsed thoroughly with fresh water.


Fishing at Temescal has been fair. The slower fishing is due to the transition to catfish and a plant was received last week.


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

The Contra Costa Water District is lowering the Contra Loma reservoir approx. 10 feet.  Unknown when it will be refilled. 

Fishing has been good for catfish. 
- Try fishing for catfish on nightcrawlers, anchovies, or chicken liver at Loma Island, Channel Point or near the Swim Lagoon.
-Trout fishing has slowed down.  Try fishing at Channel Point or near the Swim Lagoon on a variety of Power Baits, mice tails or nightcrawlers.
- Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake. 
- Try fishing for crappie or bluegill using jigs or worms at the Boat Ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area. 

Whoppers Reported:

Ron Hodgson caught a 19.12 lb. catfish on nightcrawlers from a float tube.


Fishing for trout, catfish and bass is all starting to pick up again. With the water temperature rising, trout is moving deeper down and bass and catfishing are starting to be a little more active.  Bass fishing is starting to have a great season with more than several reports of whopper size bass getting caught.  Please remember to practice catch and release for bass. Water temperatures remains in the low 60’s with about a 4 feet visibility. For all anglers planning on trolling make sure to come out early morning, afternoon winds have been making it a little difficult to fish.  
All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays! 
With the warmer water temperature, catfishing should start heating up. Typically, the best bait to use is mackerel, anchovies and chicken liver.  Catfish will bite during the day, but fishing early morning and near twilight will be the best, so make sure to come early and claim your spot.       
Reports of trout are still coming in on a daily basis, but only one whopper was reported caught this past week.  Trolling for trout has also been doing fairly well.  Anglers trolling deeper are having success also fishing back from Bass Cove going towards the Dam.  Anglers fishing the shoreline are using Power Bait and have been having luck also down by the dam.  Until then check out our Facebook page to keep updated on current fishing conditions.
Bass fishing has started to pick up and many bass anglers are catching them each outing.  If you are fishing for bass, the early mornings and in the evenings, mostly on plastics, jigs, hula grubs and top water will be your best bet. If you do want to try your luck 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!

Darwin Tsang of Castro Valley caught a whopper weighing 6.25 lbs. fishing near the Dam trolling a MiraShad.

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


June/July Park Hours: 6:00am – 9:00pm

Featured Anglers:

6/22/15 Gene caught five trout bait fishing near the middle of the lake.
6/23/15 Gene caught his limits AGAIN bait fishing off his boat!

6/24/15 Jon Anderson of Tracy caught a 4lb. catfish near the panhandle. His bait of choice was chicken livers.

We have had numerous reports that the “Catch and Release” bass fishing in the back ponds is really picking up. The Arroyo is beautiful and very surreal.  Float tubers love it! .. …..              Especially When…….

They Get One!!**

John (from Patterson) always enjoys his adventures while fishing from his float tube in
The Arroyo! He catches and releases 4-8 on a daily basis!

The boat launch is open and the lake is Beautiful!  Water levels are just slightly below normal so please use caution when launching your vessels.  If your vessel is light enough to be carried safely, launching from the shoreline is still permitted. .  All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.   Current water temperature is approximately 70*.

Boat  Rental  Concession hours are:  8am-6pm. The Food/ Toys/Swim Accessories/ Concession Is open daily from 11am-6pm starting June 8th.  

Please remember that  the Arroyo Ponds  have different regulations than the main lake. They are as follows: EBRPD Daily Fishing Permit as well as a CA State Fishing License,  catch and release; barbless hooks; artificial lures (no live bait); float tubes only.  No other vessels are permitted in the back ponds.

We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Shadow Cliffs  Kiosk staff.  Thank You and Happy Fishing!


The fishing here at Don Castro  has been really good after the last catfish plant on 6/20/2015 .We have seen a lot of 5 lb. fish taken on the dam and the dock . Cut fish for bait seems to be working well and clams have been working also!


No report.


Fishing is picking up at Eckley Pier for stripers.


The fishing at Antioch/Oakley Shoreline is slow, no keepers.


Fishing has slowed a bit with just a few small striped bass ranging in size from 18-24”. There have also been a couple small bat rays caught.


Anglers have taken Red Rock crabs and leopard shark.


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

    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  
    06/29/15 1000 ---
    --- ---
    07/06/15 --- ---  1000 ---
    07/13/15 --- --- 500 ---
    Lake Chabot  
    06/29/15 ---
    --- 500 ---
    07/06/15 --- --- --- ---
    07/13/15 ---
    --- --- ---
    Shadow Cliffs  
    06/29/15 --- --- 1000 ---
    07/06/15 ---
    500 ---
    07/13/15 ---
    --- 800 ---
    Quarry Lakes  
    06/29/15 1000 --- --- ---
    07/06/15 --- ---
    --- ---
    07/13/15 --- ---  500 ---
    Contra Loma  
    06/29/15 ---
    500 ---
    07/06/15 --- ---  --- ---
    07/14/15 ---
    500 ---
    Lake Temescal  
    06/29/15 --- ---
    --- ---
    07/06/15 ---
    ---  500 ---
    07/13/15 --- --- --- ---
    Don Castro  
    07/06/15 --- --- 500 ---
    --- ---
    --- --- ---
    --- ---  --- --- ---
    Shinn Pond  
    --- --- --- --- ---
    Jordan Pond  
    06/29/15      500  
    07/13/15 --- --- 500  ---

    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