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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1026  | December 17, 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.

General Activity


Due to the water temp dropping to 53 degrees, the trout fishing has picked up along the East beach and out by the dam.  Most Anglers are having success with Berkley products such as (Power Bait, Mice tails, Power Eggs & worm combo).  Lure anglers are pulling larger trout with gold Kastmasters, Panthermartin spinners, drop shotting artificial worms,  and the rare but successful fly fishing anglers are landing nice fish on BIG natural looking fly's.  Although striper fishing slowed down, we're seeing less shakers and more double digit stripes.  Jim Peponis from San Jose was able to land an 18lb. and a 19lb. stripe in the same week on a Yum flashmobb Alabama rig on his own boat in between the south end and the narrows, Congratulations Jim!  Other big stripers have been caught on swim baits, nightcrawlers, and cut baits like anchovies or mackerel.  Catfish are also on the bite after these two storms washed sediment into the lake; sardines, mackerel, chicken livers, and anchovies are being productive.  You can always come talk to the staff on the boat rental docks for local and recent news on fishing this great California reservoir.  Good luck to all who seek their Trophy!

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.

Attention all boaters: Effective 12/13/2014 the launch ramp at Quarry Lakes has been closed to ALL vehicles due to safety concerns of pending repairs. We apologize for any inconvenience.

* December 2nd Wilmer Magpantay of Hayward caught his limit on the peninsula on white power eggs. The largest trout was three pounds.
* December 2nd  Roland Yalung of Hayward caught a 6 pound 10 ounce trout in Kiosk Cove on Power Eggs.
* December 4th Peter Simpson of Fremont caught a 6.25 lb. trout on rainbow Power Bait and some small ones on corn.
* December 6th Wilmer Magpantay of Hayward caught three trout on the backside of the peninsula.
* December 7th Wilmer and Joseph Magpantay of Hayward caught four more trout on the backside of the peninsula with white and green eggs.
* December 9th Jack Antrim of Hayward caught three trout (largest was 8 lbs.) trolling from his boat.
* December 9th Joe Young of Belmont caught a 2.14 lb. and 1.7 lb. trout on Fishermen’s Row with Power Bait.
* December 10th Frank Yanaginhana of Union City caught his limit (largest was 3lbs) to the left of the swim beach on a kayak using Power Bait.
* December 10th Doug of Hayward caught a 10.5 lb. trout on rainbow runners just out from the launch ramp.

* December 6th Wilmer Magpantay of Hayward caught a 10.41 lb. catfish on the backside of the peninsula.
* December 7th Wilmer and Joseph Magpantay of Hayward caught three more catfish on the backside of the peninsula again! They were using white and green eggs.
* December 7th Nicholas Basset of Hayward caught a 4 lb. catfish on nightcrawlers near the Bald Cypress Grove.


* December 7th Adam of Newark caught an 18” 3.5 largemouth in Rainbow Lake on spinner bait.

Here are the numbers from the creel census drop box:
* Trout- 19
* Catfish- 5
* Bass- 2
Front entry gate hours are still 7am to 5pm. Happy Fishing!


Fishing at Temescal has been good – in between the stormy weather.


Park Hours:
For December is 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; all water craft must be of the lake by 3:30 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.

Fishing has been good.

Trout fishing has picked up. They are biting at Channel Point with a variety of Power Bait or Kastmaster lures.

Catfish have been biting on nightcrawlers, anchovies, or chicken liver at Channel Point or the boat ramp area.

Black Bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake. 

Crappie and bluegill have been biting on jigs or worms at Loma Island or Channel Point area. 

No Whoppers Reported.


What a difference the rain made! The water level came up about a foot from last week.  Fishing for trout and catfish has shown a lot of improvement.  Catfishing is still doing fairly well, and more than a few big catfish got pulled out the last several weeks.  Water temperature is starting to come down.  Currenty, water temperature is around the mid 50’s with 5 feet visibility near the middle of the lake. The water level of the lake remains extremely 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 from 6 AM – 5 PM. Boat rentals will stop at  4 PM and are due back in at 5 PM. Friday through Sunday hours are 6 AM-6 PM. Boat rentals stop at 5 pm and are due back in at 6 PM

Attention all boaters we now offer food delivery to your boat! Call the marina and place an order of $25 or more and your food will be brought out directly to your boat! Credit/Debit only. Also every third Friday of the month is free Friday! Free parking, boat launch, and dog fees!!! No district fishing permits needed (but all anglers 16 and older do need a state fishing license).  
HALF OFF ALL BOAT RENTALS including Patio Boats! Tuesday — Thursday. Excluding holidays

Catfishing is still great this time of the year. Limits and whoppers are still being reported getting caught throughout the week by Ken Kruse fishing near the sticks and behind the island. Water temperature will determine how active catfishing will be.  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.   

Trout fishing is starting to pick up at Lake Chabot.  Hopefully this rain will cool the water temperature making trout fishing a lot better.  Trolling Rapala have landed several big trout but currently fishing from the shoreline from the burner on to Alder point have been doing fairly well with Power Bait. 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!

Overall, Bass fishing is starting to slow down a little.  A couple reports of bass were reported getting caught by the Burner and Coots Landing, but not of good size.  If you are fishing for bass, they are biting mostly in the early mornings and in the 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 hooks. 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 — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 7 am — 3:30pm
Boats are due in by 4:30pm
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.


December Park Hours:  7:00am -5:30pm


The Boat Rentals and Concession are CLOSED for the season.  The Boat Ramp remains closed until further notice. All personal watercraft must be off the lake a half hour before the park closes.  Water temperature is approximately 64 degrees. Please remember that the Back Ponds  have different regulations than the main lake.  They are as follows:  an 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.

Reports of trout, catfish and bass are being heard daily by various anglers.  Brian Fioria of Pleasanton was fishing off the Stanley shoreline when he caught a 4lb. trout. Brian was using Power Bait.  On 12/4, Nick of Dublin was fishing in the rain at the south end of the park when he caught a 3 lb. trout. Nick was using rainbow Power Bait.


One of the regulars caught a 3.5 lb. trout fishing off the 1st dock on green Power Bait, and his buddies on the dock were catching their limits of trout.  On 12/3, Dave of Dublin was fishing Wednesday night at the east side of the Stanley shoreline when he caught three trout, 2lbs. each. Dave said they were fighters and he was using yellow and orange Power Eggs. On 12/5, Bob Mullin of Concord caught a nice looking 8lb. trout. Bob was fishing off the Stanley shoreline and he was using worms.  


Wilson Cadud of San Jose caught three trout fishing off the 1st dock.  Wilson was using Glitter Power Bait. On 12/10/14, three regulars fishing off the 1st dock caught their limits, using spring green Power Bait.  On 12/12/14, Jamie Tran of Pleasanton caught his limits of trout early in the morning fishing on the east side of Stanley shoreline. He was using chartreuse Power Bait and he was only fishing for 2 hours before he caught his limits. Scott Gee was fishing from his really cool kayak when he caught a 22inch 6 lb. trout. Scott was fishing near the middle of the lake using Rapala’s. On 12/13/14, 9 year old David Green of Pleasanton caught a 5 lb. trout fishing off the 3nd dock trail using night crawlers for bait. Remy is still going strong reporting his catches of 1-2/ 3-4lb. trout daily!  Also, reports of catches on and around the Stanley Shoreline are coming in on a regular basis.   

A BIG Thank You to All Anglers for Your Understanding, Patience, and Acceptance of the affects the drought has bestowed on our Beautiful Park.  As you know, one of the affects was the closure of our boat ramp; however due to your creative resourcefulness many of you are walking/carrying your smaller vessels down to the lake! Good Job! :)



No report.


Fishing has slowed considerably during recent storms.


No report received.


The fishing is real slow due to the muddy water and drop in water temps at Antioch/Oakley Shoreline.


 Striped bass are being caught frequently, but not regularly. Eight catches were reported within the last two weeks, ranging from 18’-38”.


The pier lights have recently been repaired and are now fully functioning.   Fishing has been slow, but evening fishing is now safer.


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

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  
12/15/14 1000 --- --- ---
12/22/14 1200 --- --- ---
12/29/14 1200 --- --- ---
Lake Chabot  
12/29/14 1200 --- --- ---
12/22/14 1000 --- --- ---
12/29/14 1000 --- --- ---
Shadow Cliffs  
12/29/14 800 --- --- ---
12/22/14 1200 --- --- ---
12/29/14 1000 --- --- ---
Quarry Lakes  
12/29/14 1000 --- --- ---
12/22/14 1200 --- --- ---
12/29/14 1000 --- --- ---
Contra Loma  
12/29/14 700 --- --- ---
12/22/14 1000 --- --- ---
12/29/14 800 --- --- ---
Lake Temescal  
12/29/14 500 --- --- ---
12/22/14 --- 1500
--- ---
12/29/14 500 --- --- ---
Don Castro  
12/08/14 500 --- --- ---
12/29/14 350 --- --- ---
--- --- --- --- ---
Shinn Pond  
--- --- --- --- ---
Jordan Pond  
--- --- --- --- ---

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