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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1016  | July 30, 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


The beginning of the week was chilly, but the weather is warming up with calm winds. The temperature is 77 degrees at the end of the docks with a surface temperature of 79 degrees and the clarity is still green with a four to ten foot visibility depending on the location. Catfish are picking up in the Lower Narrows area and the East Beach on chicken liver or anchovies. Stripers are the same with their locations mainly at the Dam and the Lower Narrows on anchovies. Size wise has been shakers or keepers but no whoppers have been reported or seen. Bass aren’t being reported too much right now but they are there, you just have to entice them out of their coverage and they should bite. Rocky points, reed lines, trees, and working along the shadows will be good places to try and baits for them has been a mix of both color and style. Best of luck to you anglers!

Doc Al’s Fishing Report July 17, 2014

Al Hurwitz of Saratoga and Abbey Lev of Sunnyvale had an excellent day in terms of fish numbers. Trolling Panther Martins along the western shore opposite Heron and Swallow Bays, we caught 16 fish, including 14 Smallmouth bass and two Striped bass. There were a number of other strikes with several decent fish getting off the line. Most all of the fish caught were small in size. There is no question that the Smallmouth bite is now on! The fish are 15-20 feet below the surface in a 25-40 foot water column. Surface water temperature was 76-78 degrees. Trolling speeds were around 2 mph, and trolling with a wind at your back and putting scent on the lures seems to help. We'll be back soon.
     Best regards, Dr. Al Hurwitz

Featured Angler:

Ashley Villavicencio of San Pablo caught an 11.4 lb. catfish on chicken liver 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.

Fishing has been fair. On 7/18, Jack Antrin of Hayward caught three catfish on chicken liver from the backside of the peninsula in a boat. On 7/19, Chris Sinsay of Milpitas caught six trout on a broken back Rapala from the front side of Horseshoe in a boat. On 7/23, Gary Wong of Fremont caught a 10 lb. trout on a Kastmaster at Fisherman’s Row and on 7/25, Bernic Helnig of Milpitas caught a trout from the front side of Horseshoe on a rainbow runner from a boat.


Fishing at Temescal has been very slow. The catfish are there, but they are not biting very much.


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.

No Whoppers Reported


Bass and catfishing have been picking up with the warmer weather. Several nice sized catfish were caught back behind the island.  Bass fishing continues to keep anglers busy, with bass reported getting caught on a daily basis.  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, 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 and 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 an 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 great right now, during the day behind the island will keep anglers busy and during the night the west shore trail is the place to catch big catfish. The best set up to use right now is a slider with a 1oz. weight, snap swivel and a 2/0 hook with at least a 16 inch leader line.  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 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.  

We received our last plant of rainbow trout on June, 9th. Trout fishing over all has been really slow.  No report of trout caught in the last several weeks.  If you’re going out for trout, your best bet would be trolling deep, or drifting down by the dam with Power Bait.  We will continue trout plants later on this year when the water temperature cools back down.


Bass fishing remains steady over the last several weeks.  Reports of bass getting caught several times a weeks with anglers fishing back by Bass Cove and along Half Moon Bay.  If you are fishing for bass, they are hitting mostly in the early mornings and evenings 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!


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 are consistently being caught from the shoreline past the first dock.  Trout fishing is slow as they have retreated to deeper waters.  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. (Due to severe drought conditions the Boat Rentals may be closing, please call kiosk 510-544-3230 for updates). 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. Due to high levels of E coli the Snack Shack and swim beach are temporarily closed until further notice, we appreciate your patience in this matter. It is still safe to fish and the Boat Rentals/Bait Shop are going to try and stay open, please call before coming, we are managing the situation day to day). All personal watercraft must be off the lake a half hour before park closing. Water temperature is approximately 75 degrees.

We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Kiosk staff.

Featured Anglers:

7/26/14 – Matt and Raul of San Ramon caught two catfish each weighing in at 8.3lbs, 4.6lbs, 3.1lbs, and 2.6lbs.


No report.


The fishing here at Don Castro has been very slow and the weather has been very hot.


Fishing continues to be slow at Eckley Pier.


The fishing is steady at the Antioch/Oakley Shoreline with a lot of shakers, but no big ones.


Fishing at Pt Pinole has been generally slow, with a few striped bass caught and some jack smelt.


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 07/28/14 --- --- --- ---
08/04/14 --- --- 1000 ---
08/11/14 1000 --- --- ---
Lake Chabot 07/28/14 --- --- 1000 ---
08/04/14 --- --- --- ---
08/11/14 ---  --- 750 ---
Shadow Cliffs 07/28/14 --- --- 500 ---
08/04/14 --- --- --- ---
08/11/14 --- --- 1000 ---
Quarry Lakes 07/28/14 --- --- --- ---
08/04/14 --- --- 1000 ---
08/11/14 1000 --- --- ---
Contra Loma 07/28/14 --- --- 500 ---
08/04/14 --- --- --- ---
08/11/14  --- --- 750 ---
Lake Temescal 08/04/14 --- --- 500 ---
--- ---  ---
---  --- --- --- ---
Don Castro 07/28/14 --- --- 250 ---
--- --- --- --- ---
--- --- --- --- ---
Shinn Pond --- --- --- --- ---
Jordan Pond 07/28/14 --- --- 250 ---

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