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Vol. 1070  | August 26, 2016

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

ATTENTION BOATERS - Mandatory Boat Inspections
(including motorboats, rowboats, kayaks, canoes and float tubes)
To prevent invasive Zebra and Quagga mussel infestation, the East Bay Regional Park District is performing mandatory boat inspections. All watercraft must be "clean and dry" to pass inspection. Standing water or water from the motor being lowered means the craft will fail inspection. Failing inspection means the craft will not be allowed to launch, AND results in a 5-day quarantine period before another inspection.

Boat inspections are performed at the following lakes:
Lake Chabot, Del Valle, Quarry Lakes, Contra Loma.

We have a banding program for clean boats.
Intact bands will expedite launching at the above lakes.
There are no bands or inspections at Shadow Cliffs.
For more information, visit our invasive mussel program page or call 888-EBPARKS.

Fish Planting Information

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) plants rainbow trout and channel catfish up to 6+ pounds each.
The California Department of Fish & Wildlife (DF&W) plants trout averaging over ½ pound each.
Note: Plants are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Water / Week EBRPD Rainbow Trout (lbs) DF&G Rainbow Trout (lbs) EBRPD Channel Catfish (lbs) DF&G Channel Catfish (lbs)
Del Valle  
08/22/16 --- --- ---
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08/29/16 --- --- 750
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Lake Chabot  
08/22/16 --- --- ---
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08/29/16 --- --- 500
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09/05/16 --- --- ---
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Shadow Cliffs  
08/22/16 --- ---
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08/29/16 --- --- 500
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09/05/16 --- --- ---
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Quarry Lakes  
08/22/16 --- --- ---
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08/29/16 --- --- 500
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09/05/16 --- --- ---
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Contra Loma  
08/22/16 ---
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08/29/16 --- --- 500 ---
09/05/16 --- --- ---
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Lake Temescal
08/22/16 --- --- ---
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08/29/16 --- --- 362
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09/05/16 --- --- ---
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Don Castro  
08/22/16
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08/29/16 --- --- ---
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09/05/16 --- --- ---
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Shinn Pond  
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Jordan Pond
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Attention Anglers

  1. DO NOT LET YOUR DOG EAT OR LICK RAW TROUT/SALMON. They may be infected with a parasitic disease which can be fatal to your pet. For more information call Fisheries Manager Joe Sullivan at (510) 544-2329.
  2. EBRPD recommends all bass be released. Please do not remove tags from released 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 kept bass to the marina or kiosk attendant. Length and weight (if possible), location and date would be helpful also
  4. Please remember to clean up any fouled line and bait containers. Wildlife can be injured or killed by fishing line!! Please use the special fishing line disposal tubes at Del Valle, Lake Chabot, Quarry Lakes and Shadow Cliffs. Recycling your broken fishing monofilament helps protect wildlife.
  5. All park hours are 6am to 7 pm unless otherwise posted.

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 this week has been a little on the warm side with average temperatures in the mid 90s to low 100s. The water temperature is sitting at a beautiful 78 degrees.  The hot bite this week is still the striped bass.  The stripers are mostly active in the morning from 6 until about 10, and in the evening from about 5-8. Most anglers are fishing boils with top water lures and picking up their limits quickly then moving onto another species.  Many anglers are still catching them on Anchovies, Mackerel or Chicken Liver out by the dam. 

CATFISH
Many catfish have been caught recently all from 3-10 LBS. Most anglers are fishing in the lower and upper narrows using either Anchovies, Sardines or Night crawlers.  While fishing for cats you want to look for cover (fallen trees, weed beds, etc.).

TROUT
Trout fishing is very slow because of the warm water. To target Trout you need to be in deeper water, and your best bet is by the Dam. They are in twenty to thirty feet of water. Power Bait or Night Crawlers work well.

BASS
Black Bass have been showing themselves again with many anglers reporting having caught and released up to 10 bass.  Most anglers are using jerk baits (lucky crafts, yo-zuris, rapalas) or worms (either senkos, roboworms, or even night crawlers.) If you don't mind working a little extra the bigger bass are being caught on frogs in the different coves and the shorelines of the upper narrows where there are weedbeds everywhere.

My good friends Al Hurwitz and Abbey Lev came out last week, here is their report. "On 8/11/16, Al Hurwitz of Saratoga and Abbey Lev of Sunnyvale trolled the lake once again for Smallmouth Bass. As usual, they were often located on the windward southern shores of Heron and Swallow Bays. We used Panther Martin lures, but the fish refused to hit any but the dressed feather 1/4 oz spinners. Quite finicky! The lures must mimic the abundant Threadfin Shad. We ended up catching 15-16 fish ranging from very small to 1.75 lbs. Lost a couple of bigger ones that didn't stay hooked. The fish were located 10-15 feet below the surface. Scent applied to the lures helped. Water very clear, surface temps around 75-80 degrees. Suggest trolling rocky shores, points, and subsurface structure. The strikes and fight are very impressive.

See you soon.-Dr. Al Hurwitz

STRIPED BASS
The best time to come out and catch striper would be early morning and late evenings.  The striper are boiling early morning, so get an early start and bring some topwater lures. Once the boils die down you can still catch them on bait, either anchovies, chicken liver or sardines. 

CATCHES REPORTED
Becky Allgeyer of Oakland caught one catfish weighing 4.15 lbs. She was fishing at the Dam.

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John and Sam Kitta of Fremont caught one Striper weighing 16.2 lbs while fishing the dam.

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Troy Acoba of San Jose caught one catfish weighing 9.11 lbs fishing the lower narrows.

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Flint Paul of Pleasant Hill caught two striper; the biggest was 3 LBS he was fishing the dam.

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Dan Hollis of Livermore caught 2 striper fishing the narrows. The biggest was 4 lbs.

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Boat rentals are from 6:00am – 5:00pm (Monday- Thursday), 6:00am-6:00pm (Friday-Sunday)
Boats are due in by 6pm (Monday-Thursday), 7pm (Friday-Saturday)
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 swong@calparksco.com. Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Whopper size catfish are coming out of hiding!!!!!! Did you know that this year is our 50th year anniversary since Lake Chabot has been open to the public? Help support the East Bay Regional Parks Foundations by participating in our monthly derby. August 1st thru August 31st is our Catfish Derby. You must purchase a $5.oo ticket for each derby. Tickets are available at the Lake Chabot Marina and are valid for the whole month. Prizes will be awarded to the top three fish. The first place prize is a trolling motor! We have also tagged close to 100 catfish; derby participants will receive a prize if they catch a tagged catfish. Water level is about 81% full.  Water temperature remains in the mid 60’s and water clarity is about 4 feet visibility.  The visibility of the water should clear up in the next couple of days depending on the weather.
 There is still plenty of time to hit your limit and possibly catch the first place fish!      
All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays! 

CATFISH
Catfishing is starting to heat up, several whooper size catfish were pulled out this past week including a 16 lbs catfish over by Raccoon Point.  A limit was also pulled up from anglers fishing over by Honker Bay.  A great shore spot for catfishing at night is either Raccoon Point or the first dock on the West shore trail.  Make sure to show up a little early, the first dock fill up pretty fast at night.  During the day the Dam and Bass Cove have been great spots to catch catfish.  Anglers have been using mackerel, chicken liver, anchovies and nightcrawlers to catch catfish.  We only have a few more catfish plants left until we start planting trout again.

TROUT  
Trout fishing has been slow for the last couple weeks mainly due to warm water temperatures.  Our last trout plant was back in late May.  The trout are going to be in deep water so when trolling for trout make sure to play around with some weights about a foot from the lure or try drifting back by the Dam. Please follow our Facebook page to keep updated on fishing conditions.  

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, or weightless wacky senko. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you! 

CATCHES REPORTED

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Catfish caught by Josh Egan.

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Ken Kruse and his catfish.

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
5am – 10pm, unless otherwise posted.  

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been warm to hot. Anglers have been out fishing, but the fishing has been slow, most of the bites have been on soft lures, power bait and red worms.

CATFISH
Catfish have been the hot bite recently with several catches reported at the middle ADA dock.

TROUT
No trout catches reported.

BASS
Some bass catches have been reported.

WHOPPERS
No catches reported.

HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
6:00am -- 8:00pm; all water craft must be off the lake by 6:30 pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
There have been negative tests for blue-green algae toxin in and around the swimming area. The swim area is currently open! Dogs must still be kept on leash and are not allowed in the water or the swim area

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. You can exchange lead tackle at the kiosk in a “1 for 1” trade for stainless steel weights. Currently our boat ramp and fishing pier are both open.

CATFISH
We are still getting catfish bites from the peninsula. Anglers have caught them from the point of the peninsula as well as the northern side of the neck of the peninsula. There has also been a few caught from the ADA fishing pier. Anglers have had luck with night crawlers floated from the bottom with marshmallows, chicken livers, and powerbait.

TROUT
The trout bite is very slow. We haven’t received a plant since June and the surface temperatures have been high. There is an occasional angler who pulls in a trout from the deeper areas of the lake. A few trout catches have been reported from the left side of the swim beach in the early mornings. Some anglers have been seeing trout on their fish finders around 25ft+.

BASS
The bass bite is still going pretty strong for small bass. Smaller bass will bite just about anything in sight up to their size. It is a great opportunity to bring a new or young angler out and have a little fun catching and releasing. Small spoons and rooster tails work great on these little guys. Big bass are a little more elusive, but they are definitely out there. Early mornings have been the best bet on luring out the bigger fish. Most of the bigger catches have been reported out of Rainbow Lake.

WHOPPERS
No catches reported.

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
6:00am -- 8:30pm; all water craft must be off the lake by 6:30 pm.
For September is 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; all water craft must be of the lake by 6:00 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.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Weather is going to be nice this week, not too hot this week. Fishing picked up for catfish, crappie and bluegill.

CATFISH
Catfish have been biting at the Boat Ramp area or Loma Island or from a boat with any type of stinky baits. Try chicken liver or shrimp.

TROUT
Trout bite has slowed down.  Try fishing for them in deeper water 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, biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake. 

CRAPPIE/BLUEGILL
Crappie and bluegill have been biting jigs or worms at the Boat Ramp area, Loma Island and the Channel Point area.

WHOPPERS:
No whoppers reported.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
August: 6am-8:30pm
September Park Hours: 6:30am-8:00pm
Marina Hours: 8am to 6pm (Weekends)
Concession Hours: 11am to 6pm (Weekends)
The Concession/ Marina will be open Weekends Only: August 13-September 12
All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been in the upper 70’s and 90’s with the water temperature reaching about 78 degrees. The water is crystal clear.

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
The catfish bite is picking up. The best bait to use has been mackerel, chicken livers and sardines.

TROUT
The water temperature is still warm, so the trout have been staying in the deeper water. Anglers are having  some success early in the morning using on rapalas, night crawlers, Kastmasters, and chartreuse Power Bait.

BASS
Bass are biting on swimbaits, but remember to release your bass back into the lake to keep the population up.

CATCHES REPORTED
Chuck Revelle caught and released 5 bass float tubing in the Arroyo, and he was using swim baits and senkos for bait.
Robert Avell of Pleasanton caught and released 3 bass fishing in the front lake, and he was using senkos for bait.
Jon Christenson caught and released 10 bass fishing in the Arroyo, and he was using senkos.
Gabriel Rezendez caught and released 6 bass float tubing in the Arroyo.
Tim Areas caught 10 bluegill fishing by the bridge.

WHOPPERS:
No whoppers reported.

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 some fish biting reported. Hot spots are typically the steep bank located next to the park entrance, and the fishing dock. The most recently successful lures are garlic scented, and colored bright green. Chicken liver and Power-Bait have also been successful in recent catches reported.

CATFISH
Several hundred pounds of catfish were stocked in the lake last week and they are biting. A 14” catfish was caught off of the east bank last Tuesday morning using chicken liver as bait.
Hot spots are typically the steep bank located next to the park entrance and or dock. Successful lures are bright green with a garlic dip for scent. Power-Bait has also been successful.

WHOPPERS:
None reported.

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
5am – 10pm
Parking lot open 7:00am-4:30pm, except for infrequent maintenance closures.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The Ferry Point plaza is newly-remodeled, complete with a brand new fish cleaning table! Morning fog has been clearing by midday, with most afternoons warm and breezy.

Anglers reported high numbers of bullhead catches.

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.
Park hours 7:00am-7:00pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Try fishing towards the end of the pier where the water starts to clear up. The best time to fish has been around the time high tide rolls in.

STRIPED BASS
Stripers have been biting, with most coming in anywhere from 18-33 inches. Midway, up to the end of the pier has been producing the best size catches. Best baits have been Pile worms, Anchovies, Shrimp and Live-lining Jack Smelt. Also plugging from shore is always a good bet with the stripers currently running through the San Pablo Bay.

OTHER SPECIES
Leopard Sharks along with Bat Rays are being caught daily off the pier. The best baits have been squid or cut baits fished on the bottom. Perch have been caught by a couple fisherman fishing up close to the pier pilings on both a high and low tide.

ANTIOCH/OAKLEY PIER

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
7am – 6pm; all water craft must be off the lake by 5pm.
Pier open 24/7- free parking- No Overnight Camping

GENERAL CONDITIONS

The weather has been very warm! Expect low wind and lots of sun.
STRIPED BASS
There have been a few striped bass (over 20”) coming in the last few weeks. They have been biting live minnows and anchovies.

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. There have been a few striped bass coming in the last few weeks. There has been lots of success with live minnows and anchovies.


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

25 in combination

Carp

No limit

No limit