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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1091 | June 19, 2017

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.
 

Mandatory personal watercraft inspections will be required at
Shadow Cliffs starting October 1st, 2016.

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  
06/12/17 ---
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06/19/17 ---
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06/26/17 ---
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Lake Chabot  
06/12/17 ---
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06/19/17 ---
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06/26/17 ---

750
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Shadow Cliffs  
06/12/17 ---
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750
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06/19/17 ---
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06/26/17 ---
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500
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Quarry Lakes  
06/12/17 ---
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750
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06/19/17
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06/26/17
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500
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Contra Loma  
06/12/17 ---
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06/19/17
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06/26/17
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750
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Lake Temescal
06/12/17 ---
--- 500
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06/19/17
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06/26/17
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Don Castro  
06/12/17
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--- 750
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06/19/17
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06/26/17
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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 mono-filament helps protect wildlife.
  5. All park hours are 6am to 7pm 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 not been angler friendly at all. Temperatures this week have ranged from the high 50s to the high 60s with gusts of wind up to 25 MPH or more making it a little tougher for anglers to pull in fish. Weather predictions for this week coming up are beautiful with temperatures in the mid 80s or higher which makes for excellent fishing conditions.

Our good friends Dr. Al Hurwitz and Ozdal Barkan came out this week and here is their report:
 "Al Hurwitz of Saratoga and Ozdal Barkan of Mountain View trolled the lake on 6/8/17 and hooked up with a number of smallmouth bass, two of decent size. Initially we were flatlining with Rapalas, hoping to catch either rainbow trout or smallies, but several hours of that endeavor proved useless. However, once we switched to leaded line and spinners (Panther Martins), the smallmouth started to hit. Caught most of the fish on the western shore opposite Swallow Bay. The bass were 15 feet below the surface in a 20-25 foot water column. Adding scent to the lures seemed to help. Water surface temperature was around 70 degrees, and the water clarity was good. The bass seemed to be aligned with subsurface structure. For some reason the trout bite was off, at least for trollers. Expect the smallmouth bite to increase as the summer temperatures rise. Also anxious to see if some of the newly stocked "Lightning" rainbow trout will be willing to bite! All the best, Dr. Al Hurwitz"

CATFISH
Catfish are still slow with no reports of anglers catching any.  We received our first catfish plant of the year on 6/7/17 which was 750 lbs.?? If you do target catfish look for either tule patches or fallen trees. Best bait to use would be chicken liver, anchovies or sardines.
TROUT  
Trout have slowed down this week with the heavy winds. Most anglers are catching them on either Powerbait or nightcrawlers.  I would also recommend using Kastmasters or smaller spinners. If you do target trout I would try fishing different coves and sandy beaches.
BLACK BASS
No report.
STRIPED BASS
Stripers have started heating up with many anglers having luck fishing in the upper narrows and out at the dam.  Most anglers have been catching them on either anchovies or mackerel. You might also be able to catch them on either a hair raiser or chatterbait.

FEATURED ANGLERS:
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Manny Argote and Abraham of San Jose caught 2 striper at the dam and the stringer weighed 6 lbs.

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Adrian and friends of San Jose caught 5 striper at Hetch Hetchy the stringer weighed 15 LBS

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Monday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am - 4:30pm
Boats are due in by 5:30 pm
Hours subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Lake Chabot is 100% FULL!  We are expecting a few nice days this upcoming week, temperatures are expected to be in low 70’s.  Overall, trout fishing has been good. The last trout plant from Mt. Lassen was on June 7th, when 750 lbs. were planted next to the marina.  Water temperature remains in the low 70’s and water clarity is about 7 feet.
CATFISH
Catfish plants have begun and fishing should pick up for the remainder of the summer. When fishing for catfish, the best bait to use is either chicken liver or mackerel. Make sure to cut 2” inch chunk of mackerel and putting it on a size 1 or 2 hook and half ounce weight works best.  A simple trick to use when using this bait is wrapping magic thread around the bait to ensure that it doesn’t fly off when casting. Typical hotspot for catfishing is fishing near the Island and back by Raccoon Point.    
TROUT  
Trout fishing is slowing down as the water temperature rises. Both bait fishing as well as trolling has been working for anglers. Anglers fishing from shore are using a variety of Powerbait. Anglers trolling are doing well using Rapala lures; J7, Firetiger, and Rainbow trout pattern are the most productive. Other baits that also work to catch trout are chartreuse and yellow Powerbait. Weather forecast for this upcoming week looks promising with no chance of rain.
BASS
Largemouth bass fishing has begun to pick up. Using plastic worms has been the most productive. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been hot (mid 70 + around Temescal). Anglers have been catching catfish left and right.  A few are still biting on the power bait dough in (purple); anglers have also been using chicken liver and night crawlers.

TROUT
A few large trout have been caught on the lower west shore. A few, but not very many, caught on the east shore. Kastmaster lures were used in most cases.
BASS
Anglers have been catching bass fairly consistently. The bass have been hanging around the north dock and all along the wee shore trail. One bass reported was caught on a Rebel jointed lure and a host of other lures.
OTHER SPECIES
Bluegill have been getting caught on flys and worms at the middle dock. The largest bluegill reported was approx. 8 inches.
FEATURED ANGLERS:

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Jaocb Sanchez of San Ramon caught a rainbow trout on 6/03/17 using combo color Powerbait.

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HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
6:00am -- 7:00pm; all watercraft must arrive before 3pm to be inspected, and trailered boats must be at the kiosk by 4:00pm to be banded.

There has been positive tests for blue-green algae in and around the swimming area. Park visitors should be watchful of their dogs, taking care that they do not contact the water. Currently our boat ramp and fishing pier are both open.

If the kiosk is closed, please use the yellow Ventek machine to pay for parking (exact change only, please).  For fishing permits, you may either use the Ventek machine or the blue iron ranger posts across from the kiosk, from the entrance from the Isherwood Staging Area, and from the walk-through gates by the Sequoia Bridge and from the Niles gate.

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.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
No Report. 

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
 May 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 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.
CATFISH
Catfish has been good with anglers fishing from boats. They have been using artificial baits, nightcrawlers or chicken livers.
TROUT
Trout fishing has slow down and water temperatures have increased.  Try catching them with green Powerbait, white mice tail, or Kastmasters.
BASS
Black Bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake or from a boat. 
STRIPED BASS
No striped bass catches reported
OTHER SPECIES
Crappie and bluegill have been biting with jigs or worms at the Boat Ramp area.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week

Park hours: 6:00am-9:00pm
Concession Hours: 11:00am -6:00pm Weekends Only
Marina Hours: 8:00am-- 5:00pm  Weekends Only
Boat banding ends at 7:30pm
Trail Closures: The third dock is only accessible via the levee trail. The trail between the second and third dock that runs alongside the lake is closed until further notice.
Boat banding ends at 6:00pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather at Shadow Cliffs has been sunny to partly cloudy with the temperatures in the low 60’ to the high 80’s. Fish plants have increased recently and so has the number of anglers at Shadow Cliffs.
Water Temperature: 70 degrees, depending on depth.
Water Clarity: Visibility seems to vary between 10-15 feet.
Water Level: Water levels are very high at Shadow Cliffs and portions of the path along the lake is under water.

TROUT
On 5/29/2017 Sam of Pleasanton caught his limit of trout bait fishing early in the morning.
On 5/31/2017 a boater caught his limit of lighting trout in one hour and he was bait fishing near the middle if the lake.
On 5/2/17 M. Gutierrez of San Jose caught his limits of rainbow trout early in the morning and he was using power-bait and he was fishing by the 1st dock.
On 6/5/17 R. Samuels of Tracy caught 2 lighting trout and he was fishing left of the boat launch and he was using pumpkin power-bait.
BASS

No Report
CATFISH
No Report.

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD) 

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
8am – 8pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The fishing has slowed down a lot, but the first catfish plant of the summer was received June 14th and fishing should pick up again.

TROUT
There has not been a trout plant since May 5th and trout fishing will be slow the remainder of the summer due to warm water temperatures.CATFISH
Catfishing should pick up for the remainder of the summer.

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
5am – 10pm
Parking lot open 7:00am-4:30pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
No Report.

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.
May park hours 7:00am-7:00pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
No Report.

ANTIOCH/OAKLEY PIER

HOURS OF OPERATION
Pier open 24/7- Free Parking- No Overnight Camping
NO SMOKING in the park or on the pier

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The Antioch Pier has been very slow. Anglers are reporting only undersized striped bass using anchovies and the occasional lure.

ECKLEY PIER

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
7am – 6pm; all water craft must be off the lake by 5pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
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

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.

Individual Membership Program

Angler
 - Includes all the benefits of Basic Membership plus boat launch and annual fishing permit for one named individual; state fishing permit also required for individuals 16 years and older $300.

Special Access Angler (Seniors, Students, Veterans and persons with disabilities)
 - Senior Anglers must be 62+ years of age
 - Proof of eligibility required. Please supply documentation to membership@ebparks.org or fax it to (510) 635-3478 (attn: Membership) $180.


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