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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1009  | April 24, 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.

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.

General Activity


The water temperature is 59 degrees and the clarity is good with some algae in the bays. The black bass fishing has been slow right now unless you hit them in the early morning and late evening. Smallmouth, and largemouth bass are hitting Flukes, Robo- Worms and Senko’s. Stripers are hitting in the early evening up near the Narrows. The stripers are hitting anchovies and trout swim baits. The catfish has been slow this week.

Almost perfect conditions for trout right now. The trout are hitting the Power Bait, Mice Tails and nightcrawlers! 

Featured Anglers 

On 04/05/2014, Trevor Kirchner of Livermore caught a 10.16 lb. striper at the Dam on anchovies.
On 04/05/2014, Sean Tressler of Campbell caught a 7.58 lb. trout at Hetch Hetchy on Power Bait.
On 04/05/2014, Mike Stein of San Jose caught a 6.9 lb. trout at the Lower Narrows on a Kastmaster.
On 04/06/2014, Kevin Garcia of Livermore caught a 3.0 lb. striper at Hetch Hetchy on anchovies.
On 04/06/2014, Richard Frugoli of San Jose caught a 7.7 lb. trout at the South End using a Super Fluke.
On 04/07/2014, Ubaldo Auz of San Ramon caught an 8.4 lb. trout at Hetch Hetchy on Power Bait.
On 04/07/2014, Bob Hargrove of Livermore caught an 18 lb. striper at the west side on Swim bait.
On 04/08/2014, Chris Simpson of Brentwood caught a 10.50 lb. trout at Swallow Bay on a Drop Shot.

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.

It’s been another fun couple of weeks of fishing with many catching their limits and several really big fish. 
April 7 Anthony Vu (Hayward) Backside of Peninsula green pumpkin PowerBait 
April 8 Junior Cosare (Newark) Left of swim beach PowerBait 
April 9 Wilmer Magpantry (Hayward) Backside of Peninsula PowerBait 
April 9 Daryl Steiner (San Mateo) Backside of Peninsula PowerBait 
April 10 Peter Simpson (Fremont) End of Fisherman’s Row orange & white mouse tail, orange PowerBait 
April10 Wilmer Magpantry (Hayward) Peninsula rainbow PowerBait 
April 13 Junior Cosare (Newark) The point green eggs 
April 16 Anthony Vu (Hayward) Peninsula PowerBait 
April 16 Wilmer Magpantry (Hayward) Peninsula PowerBait 
April 19 Jack Antrim – catch & release Trolling Lures 
April 19 Chris Sinsay & son – catch & release Trolling Lures 
April 20 Randy (in 30 minutes) Kiosk Cove green PowerBait 
And, April 13, Fisherman Fred from Fremont caught his catfish limit on the Peninsula on inflated nightcrawlers. 
Whoppers, all trout 
April 7 Anthony Vu (Hayward) 4# 4 oz. (see above) 
April 8 Dave from his kayak 8# 4 oz. using a broken-back Rapala 
April 9 Justin Svoboda (San Martin) 8# 9 oz. on the back side of Peninsula with a Kastmaster 
April 10 Peter Simpson (Fremont) 8# 1oz. (see above) 
April 11 Carl Rollins (Fremont) 7.5# on left side of beach using mousetail PowerBait with krill oil 
April 12 Chris Sinsay (Milpitas) 6# 11 oz. trolling with broken-back Rapala 
April 12 Ahmed Elattar (Haward) 2 totaling 7# 3 oz. on Peninsula with green pumpkin PowerBait 
April 14 Troy Acoba (San Jose) 7# 8 oz. from the right of beach on green pumpkin and garlic PowerBait 
April 16 Joe Young (Belmont) 7# 5 oz. from the left of beach using Power Eggs 

Finally, our biggest fish on this report, April 19, Jack Antrim reeled in a10# 5 oz. whopper trout while trolling the front side of the lake!


Fishing at Temescal has been excellent. We had our annual rainbow trout plant from Oregon last week, and our anglers are having a wonderful time pulling in lots of trout!
There are many largemouth bass in the lake. Try for these along the weedy edges with bass lures or nightcrawlers


Park Hours:

For April is 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 6:00 p.m.

For May 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 is good!

- Trout are biting on Power Bait or nightcrawlers at Channel Point or the East Side. 
- Try fishing for catfish with 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 or bluegill have been biting on jigs or worms at Loma Island or Channel Point area.  


· Dylan Joost caught a 7.5 lb. trout on garlic scented Power Bait from the north/west dock. 
· Rico Montuerto caught a 6.15 lb. trout at Channel Point. 
· Alex Stroud caught & released a 10.9 lb. Black bass with a jointed swimbait at the boat ramp area. 
· Matilde Quiraga caught a 10.2 lb. catfish at the left of Channel Point Dock. 
· Craig Avery caught & released an 18.02 lb. Black bass on nightcrawlers at Channel Point. New Lake Record.


Trout fishing is starting to slow down a little with only a few whopper getting caught this past week, but on the bright side limits continue to get pulled out during the week days. Trout fishing is starting to slow down over by Raccoon Point and started to pick up over by Bass Cove. Trout are getting pulled out trolling from the surface down to 15 feet. Firetiger lures and Kastmasters have been working exceptionally well the past couple weeks. Bass fishing is starting to pick up all around the lake with spawning season happening right now. Hopefully with the warmer weather coming next week, it will make catfishing and bass fishing more active too. Angling from the shoreline is 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.

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 Sunday at 7 AM – 4:30 PM boat rentals will stop at 3:30 PM and are due back at 4:30 PM.

Attention all boaters we now offer food delivery to your boat! Call the marina and order $25 or more and it will be brought to your boat. Credit/Debit only.

HALF OFF ALL BOAT RENTALS Including Patio Boats! Tuesday — Thursday. Excluding holidays.

Catfishing is extremely slow this time of the year. But we are expecting some warmer temperatures this upcoming weekend, so fishing for cats might be better. One catfish was reported getting caught last week over by the Honker Bay area. Water temperature will determine how active catfishing will be. The warmer the water, the more active they will be, especially at night. Typically around this time of the year, catfish are going to be located by Raccoon Point, behind the island, back by the dam and bass cove during the day. Anglers are using mackerel, anchovies and chicken liver for bait.

Fishing was a little slow this past week. Only a few whoppers were reported getting caught but we did have more than several limits of trout reported. Hotspots had a little shift this past week with a couple of whoppers getting caught over by Bass Cove. Racoon Point has slowed down a little but several fish were reported caught back in that area. If you are going to be trolling, the best lures to use are Flicker Shads, Firetiger Rapalas, Kastmasters and Mirashads. The bait to use right now 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 tangled!

Bass fishing has starting picking up a little as we get a little closer to spring. Several nice sized bass were reported being caught by Raccoon Point and also by the island. Bass are currently moving up to the shallows to make their beds and getting ready to spawn. If you are fishing for bass, they are hitting mostly in the early mornings and evenings mostly on plastics, jigs and hula grubs. Silver Rainbow Flukes are also doing really well with 3/0 wide shank hook. Several reports of bass being caught by anglers using swim baits. Try Half Moon Bay and around the island. Live wells can be provided upon request thanks to Walton’s Pond. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!

Mike Reposa of San Leandro caught a nice 7.4 lb. trout trolling a lure over by bass cove.
Porfie Darafumo of San Lorenzo also caught a 7.70 lb. trout on a worm fishing over by bass cove.
Ravazza of Castro Valley caught a 5.3 lb. trout fishing by Indian cove on a nightcrawler

Monday — Thursday
Boat rentals are 6:00am — 4:30pm
Boats due in by 5:30pm

Friday — Sunday
Boat rentals are 6:00am — 4:30pm
Boats due in by 5:30pm

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. 


Park Hours: April 6:00 8:00 p.m.

May - Labor Day: 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Rainbow Trout are currently being planted on a weekly basis. CDF&W catfish will be planted next week! All around, trout fishing has been great! We’ve seen several large fish (6+ lbs.) in the last couple of weeks and many anglers are catching their limits. Try garlic Power Bait, green pumpkin Power Bait or Kastmasters. The occasional bass and catfish are also being caught. For catch-and-release only fishing, the bass have been consistently biting in the back ponds (especially in Island Pond). Boat rentals and the bait shop are currently open Friday - Sunday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Concession is opening the weekend of April 26th. All watercraft must be off the lake a half hour before park closing. Water temperature is approximately 58 degrees.

Featured Anglers:
4/7/14 - Mike Perry caught a 9.2 lb. bass on nightcrawlers along the Stanley Trail.
4/8/14 – Joshua Romero caught an 11 lb. trout on a Kastmaster from the 2nd dock.
4/9/14 – Stan Nunes of Castro Valley caught three trout while trolling weighing in at 9, 8.5, & 5.8 lbs.
4/9/14 – Jeff from Pleasanton caught two trout, the largest weighing in at 6.1 lbs. on garlic Power Bait.
4/9/14 - Mark Morris of San Jose caught two trout measuring in at 14-15” on garlic Power Bait from the 2nd dock.
4/10/14 – Marquin & Julien of Milpitas caught a 7 ¾ lb. trout on cheese flavored hatchery pellets and hatchery dust.  They were fishing from the shoreline to the right of the 1st dock.
4/12/14 – Jeff from Pleasanton caught an 8.8 lb. trout on orange Power Bait from the 2nd dock.
4/15/14 – Mark & Yvonne caught their limits of trout with the largest weighing in at 5.8 lbs.  They were anchored in the middle of the lake and used pumpkin Power Bait.
4/16/14 – Bryan Lopez caught four trout off the Stanley Dock Trail.
4/16/14 – Trevor from Hayward caught an 8.6 lb. trout from the 3rd dock using a Rooster Tail and a  5 lb. bass using a Swim bait.
4/17/14 – Wayne Campio of Livermore caught a 14 lb. trout on Power Bait.
4/17/14 – Trevor from Hayward caught a 9.14 lb. bass from the 2nd dock on nightcrawlers. 


The fishing has been really good this past week. We have been told that a lot of smaller trout have been caught. No tales of any big one yet but we know they are out there.


Fishing picking up slightly at Eckley. Anglers are taking a few stripers.


The Black bass fishing has picked up at Antioch/Oakley Shoreline.


Fishing from April 7 to April 21 has been good for catching striped bass. 
Anglers are averaging 3-5 striped bass per day, with 10 or more caught on 2 days. 
Sizes are 22”-33”. 
Two halibut have also been reported.


Anglers have taken jacksmelt and red rock crabs.


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 04/21/14 750 --- --- ---
04/28/14 500 --- --- ---
05/05/14 750  1000 --- ---
Lake Chabot 04/21/14 500 --- --- ---
04/28/14 500 --- --- ---
05/05/14 500  1000 --- ---
Shadow Cliffs 04/21/14 500 --- --- 605
04/28/14 1000 --- --- 1000
05/05/14 500 --- --- ---
Quarry Lakes 04/21/14 500 --- --- ---
04/28/14 500 --- --- ---
05/05/14 500 --- --- ---
Contra Loma 05/05/14 500 --- --- ---
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Lake Temescal 04/28/14 500 --- --- ---
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Don Castro 05/05/14 250 --- --- ---
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Shinn Pond --- --- --- --- ---
Jordan Pond --- --- --- --- ---

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