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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1065  | June 17, 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  
06/13/16 --- --- --- ---
06/20/16 --- --- 1000 ---
06/27/16 --- --- --- ---
Lake Chabot  
06/13/16 --- --- 1000 ---
06/20/16 --- --- --- ---
06/27/16 --- --- 750 ---
Shadow Cliffs  
06/13/16 --- ---
--- ---
06/20/16 --- --- 750 ---
06/27/16 --- --- --- ---
Quarry Lakes  
06/13/16 --- --- --- ---
06/20/16 --- --- 750 ---
06/27/16 --- --- --- ---
Contra Loma  
06/13/16 ---
--- 750 ---
06/20/16 --- --- --- ---
06/27/16 --- --- 750 ---
Lake Temescal
06/13/16 --- --- 500 ---
06/20/16 --- --- --- ---
06/27/16 --- --- 500 ---
Don Castro  
06/13/16 --- --- 500 ---
06/20/16 --- --- --- ---
06/27/16 --- --- 500 ---
Shinn Pond  
--- --- --- --- ---
Jordan Pond
--- --- --- ---  

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 watercraft must be off the lake by 5pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather this week has varied day to day. Some days are beautiful in the mid-80s with little to no wind. On the other hand we have had days that are atrocious with winds at about 25MPH and gusts up to 35MPH.

CATFISH
The Catfish fish bite is picking up with many anglers catching them from 2-8 LBS. If you target them look for cover (fallen trees, weed beds, Etc) the more cover the better chance to find a school). As the water warms up they are getting active. The best baits have been chicken livers, anchovies, mackerel and sardines. If you target the catfish, look for areas with cover, downed trees, and grassy areas with some place for them to hide. Most of the catfish that that are being caught have been in shallow water.

TROUT  
Trout fishing is slowing down as the water temperature rises. Most anglers are reporting catches near the Dam where the water is still fairly cold. They have been fishing in areas with deeper water, about fifteen to twenty feet of water. The best bait to use has been: mice tails, Kastmasters, Rapalas, Powerbaits with a garlic scent, or night crawlers. Some deep diving lures have also been working.

BASS
Black Bass are still steady with anglers catching them from 2-5 LBS. Most anglers are getting them on weedless Senkos or roboworms around Thule patches, fallen trees and rocky points. You can also catch them on smaller jigs and crank baits.

STRIPED BASS
The hot bite this week is Striped Bass. Many anglers are catching limits averaging 4 to 6 lbs. Most anglers have been catching them out towards the dam off of points, but also in the lower narrows along the beaches. Best baits to use would be Anchovies, Chicken Liver, or Sardines. If you like to throw lures I would recommend jerk baits (Yo-Zuri, Lucky Craft, Etc.) or jigs (chatterbaits, hair raizers, Etc).

CATCHES REPORTED

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Gus Ferraro and sons from Paradise Valley, NV on 6/15/2016 caught 3 Striped Bass. The largest weighed 3.4 lbs, his stringer weighed 9.1 lbs. He was fishing near the dam using Anchovies.

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Marek Zhang from Pleasanton, caught 1 Striped Bass. It weighed 3.13 lbs., and he was using anchovies fishing at the Dam.

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Daniel Rodriguez from Sunnyvale, caught 2 Striped Bass, his largest weighed 2.5 lbs. He was using chicken livers and anchovies, fishing by Hetch Hetchy group campground.

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Eddy Bucho from San Jose, caught 1 Striped Bass weighing in at 3.5 lbs. He was using chicken livers fishing in the narrows.

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Victor Bucho from San Jose, caught 2 Striped Bass, and his largest weighed 3.0 lbs. He was using chicken livers fishing in the narrows.

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Ray Taylor caught 1 Striped Bass. It weighed 3.9 lbs. and he was using mackerel fishing near the dam.

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Mason Martin from San Jose, caught a catfish. It weighed 2.25 lbs, and he hooked it on chicken livers fishing on the East Shore.

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Anthony Estrada from San Jose, caught 1 Trout. It weighed 8.9 lbs. He was using a crappie killer fishing in the narrows.

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Daniel Edmondo and family, caught 4 Striped Bass, the biggest was 4.1 lbs. They were using chicken livers and anchovies fishing near the dam.

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Kailea, Isaac, Aiden, Brain Watson from San Jose, caught a 4 lb Striped Bass fishing off the East Beach.

WHOPPERS

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Louie Savala from Modesto caught a 15.5 lb. Striped Bass using anchovies fishing in the narrows.

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week

Monday-Thursday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am – 5:30pm
Boats are due in by 5pm

Friday-Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am – 6:00pm
Boats are due in by 7pm

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
Help support the East Bay Regional Parks Foundations by participating in the Lake Chabot 50th Year Anniversary Trout Derby. We are hosting a trout derby for the month of June for the top three biggest fish.  Tickets are $5 dollars (available for purchase at the Lake Chabot Marina), and will benefit the Regional Parks Foundation. A Catfish derby will begin July 1st.
Water temperature remains in the mid 70’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.     
All of the rental boats at the marina are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!    

CATFISH

Catfishing is starting to heat up.  The first dock on the west shore trail is the place to be for catfish either early morning on just before sunset.  Mackerel has been doing the trick to catch catfish this week.

TROUT  
Trout fishing is still keeping some anglers busy this time of the year.  Several limits were reported getting caught early morning on the east shore trials from Indian Cove to Raccoon Point but as the water warms up, trout fishing will slow down. When trolling for trout play around with some weights about a foot from the lure. Fishing near the shore near across from Raccoon point and back by the dam should do the trick to pull them out.  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. 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 water is nice and clear, and the weather has been very warm. As the water continues to warm up, try targeting catfish, bass or carp.

CATFISH
No catfish catches reported.

TROUT
No trout catches reported.

BASS
A few catches of bass here and there have been reported, many on the smaller side around 2 pounds. The hot spot for bass is along the west shore trail between the docks.

HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION

OPEN Seven Days a Week
Gates open from 6am - 8pm
There was positive tests for blue-green algae in and around the swimming area. The swim area is currently closed and 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 and the water is on the rise.

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.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been generally mild with mostly sunny days and the occasional clouds coming through. The wind has been up, gusting harder up to 20 mph in the afternoons. The lake surface temperature is still high, staying around 74 degrees.

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. We have not received a catfish plant yet, so these bites are all from a population that has been thriving in the lake since at least last year.

TROUT
Trout is still a little slow. There have been bites this last week, but all within a few days after our trout plant. This plant has seen anglers having less success on lures and minimal success with bait. The surface temperature is high and the trout seem to be sluggish and driving into deeper water columns. There have been a few bites reported on the far (south) end of horseshoe lake in deeper waters.

BASS
We haven’t received many reports from anglers on big bass bites. However, on walking around Horseshoe Lake in the early morning and late evening bass can be seen in shallow waters of the lake near brush along Western Pacific and Old Creek trails. As the temperatures rise the largemouth tend to feed less during the warm days and tend to move deeper. Traditionally, Largemouth will feed more heavily in the late evening as they move back into shallower waters. Look for areas with schools of bait fish and try using crankbaits, top-water lures, jigs, and plastic worms. Use smaller lures through the day (non-heavy feeding times) and larger lures in the early mornings and late evenings (heavy feeding times).

CATCHES REPORTED

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Mark Suzuki caught a short and stout rainbow trout! This beauty weighed 9lbs 6ozs, was 24 inches long, and 18.5inches in girth. He caught it near fisherman’s row on an undisclosed bait.

CONTRA LOMA

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

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 has been cooler this week and windy. Fishing has been good for crappie and bluegill at the Boat Ramp and Loma Island.

CATFISH
Try fishing for catfish at Channel Point, Loma Island or from a boat with nightcrawlers or chicken liver.

TROUT
Trout bite has slowed down.  Try fishing 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:

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Joe Porras from Pittsburg, caught a 10lb. Largemouth Bass on soft plastics at Loma Island.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
May: 6am-8:30pm
June: 6am-9pm
Marina Weekend Hours: 11am to 5pm
Concession Weekend Hours: 11am to 5pm
All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
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
Chicken livers will help you catch a catfish this week, likely by the boat marina and in the shallows.

TROUT
Trout are biting right now. Anglers are having success on rapalas, garlic Power Bait, senkos, and Power Eggs.

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

CRAPPIE/BLUEGILL
No crappies or bluegill reported.

CATCHES REPORTED
Jon of Patterson caught and released 3 bass using senkos, while float tubing in the Arroyo.

A 4lb catfish was reportedly caught off of the left of the boat rentals dock using chicken livers for bait.

Jon of Paterson caught and released 9 bass. Jon was in the Arroyo and he was using super flukes for bait.

Early morning boaters report catching limits of trout.

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 no fish biting reported, just lots of nibbles. 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.

WHOPPERS:
No catches reported.

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

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

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 cool and breezy.

Anglers reported Bat Ray and bullhead catches on the rise.

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

The bass fishing seems to be picking up out at Antioch/Oakley Shoreline, a few keepers are coming in.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been nice and warm, with temperatures reaching the mid-80s, but mostly staying in the 70s and 80s. Expect low wind and lots of sun.

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.


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