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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1102 | December 1, 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 are
REQUIRED at Shadow Cliffs .

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  
11/27/17 1200
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12/04/17 1100
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12/11/17 1000
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Lake Chabot  
11/27/17 1000
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12/04/17 1000
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Shadow Cliffs  
11/27/17 ---
1000
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12/04/17 1000
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Quarry Lakes  
11/27/17 1000

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12/04/17
1000
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12/11/17
1000
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Contra Loma  
11/27/17 750
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12/04/17
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12/11/17
750
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Lake Temescal
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12/11/17
750
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Don Castro  
11/27/17
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12/04/17
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12/11/17
750
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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
November:  7:00am - 6:00pm; all watercraft must be off the lake by 5pm.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been beautiful with temperatures in the low-40s in the early morning that rise up to the mid-50s during the day. Surface temperature this week is sitting at 58 degrees. The hot bite has been trout with many anglers hooking up.
Del Valle has received several fish plants of 1000 lbs. the last few weeks and is expected to receive fish plants for the next three weeks so trout fishing at Del Valle should be phenomenal!
CATFISH
Catfish have slowed down this week with few anglers having success. Most fisherman are fishing points and deep drop-offs. Best baits to use would be either anchovies, night crawlers or cut sardines.
TROUT  
For trout, most anglers are using either Powerbait or Powerworms. I also recommend using either Kastmasters, mice tails, or small spinners. Make sure you find a shallow sandy beach to fish for trout.
BLACK BASS
Black Bass are a good target this time of year, most anglers like to use soft plastics (swim baits, robo worms, Senkos, etc.) I would also recommend using either a crank bait or a top-water lure (Heddon Spook, pencil poppers, etc.)  Look for fallen trees, rocky points and tule patches.
STRIPED BASS
Striped bass have shown up this week with anglers catching them in the 22-26-inch range on bait, either anchovies or cut sardines.  Most of the stripers have come from fishing points and rock walls.
FEATURED ANGLERS
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Sophia Manley of Livermore caught one trout that weighed 3.5 lbs.
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Dave Bryden of Stockton caught one trout that weighed 6 lbs.
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Jason Ziganti of Boulder Creek caught one trout that weighed 5 lbs.
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Gary Galindo of San Jose caught one striper that weighed 5 lbs.

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
November: 6:30am-4:30pm, all boats are due in by 4:30pm
Hours are subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels.
We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Marina. Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
Lake Chabot is 92% FULL!  Catfishing has remained fairly steady, while bass fishing is slowing down. Trout fishing has remained steady with frequent plants. Water temperature remains in the low-60s and water clarity is about 4 feet. Mt Lassen planted trout on 11/16 and we are expecting another plant this week!  Please follow our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/lakechabot, for weekly updates on fishing conditions.
All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, including Patio Boats!! 
CATFISH
Typically, catfishing should be slowing down this time of the year but, we have seen some good-sized ones coming in. When fishing for catfish, the best bait to use is either chicken liver or mackerel. Make sure to cut a 2-inch chunk of mackerel and put it on a size 1 or 2 hook and a 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  
We are going to have a good trout season. Anglers have been catching a few trout, trolling near the dam.  A few limits were reported caught this past week. EBRPD planted 1,000 lbs. of trout this week and we are expecting another plant of 1,000 lbs. next week. Trolling back by the dam using a pink flicker shad, and Rapalas has been successful these last couple weeks. Anglers on the shore have had good success with Powerbait and Powereggs.  With cooling water temperatures, trout should become more active.
BASS
Bass fishing has slowed down a bit. Many anglers are using plastic worms to catch bass. There has been an abundance of smaller size bass (1 to 2 lbs.) being caught all over the lake. Senkos have been the most popular bait to use. Currently hot spots are over by the Island, Raccoon Point, and Alder Point. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!

FEATURED ANGLERS
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Kenny Kruse of San Lorenzo with a 12.73 lb channel catfish caught near the Island around noon 11/28/2017
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Agustin of San Lorenzo caught this nice 6 lb. 14 oz. rainbow trout at Indian Cove using Powerbait.

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
5am – 10pm, unless otherwise posted.  Gate hours are 8am – 10pm.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fishing at Lake Temescal has been incredible!  Many anglers have reported catching their limits, and several have caught monster rainbow trout!
Lake Temescal had a vegetation removal treatment the week of October 16th, and received a treatment to reduce excess phosphorus in the water the week of October 23rd.  These treatments have already shown a reduction in the amount of algae in the lake and on the surface, and have reduced the amount of emergent aquatic vegetation along the shores of the lake.  
Temescal received a trout plant last week, and is scheduled to receive another in a couple of weeks, so fishing at Temescal should continue to be fantastic!
FEATURED ANGLERS
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Joaquin Gutierrez caught this 9 lb. rainbow trout using chartreuse Powerbait near the shore next to the beach side!
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Thirteen-year-old Tyler Ho caught this 9 lb. rainbow trout while drop-shotting.
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Doug Ho caught this 10 lb. rainbow trout while jigging with a yellow trout jig.
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Brandon and Brianna Gutierrez both caught their limits of rainbow trout in Lake Temescal over the holiday weekend!
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Tyler Ho also caught this largemouth bass with an East Bay Regional Park District FLOY tag on it!  These tags help the Fisheries Department estimate the populations of largemouth bass in our reservoirs and provide us with vital information.  If you catch one of these FLOY tagged fish, please record the length and weight of the fish, location, and date, and provide that information to the Fisheries Department or a ranger at the park!

HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
7:00am -- 5:00pm; boaters can go through inspection and launch up until 3:00pm and get banded until 4:00pm.
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
Fishing continues to be good at Quarry Lakes with anglers frequently catching their limits.  The lake level has been steadily rising and Horseshoe has had a surface temperature of around 60 degrees. We are expecting another plant of rainbow trout from Mt. Lassen this week and next week.  The backside of Horseshoe has been hot, as well as fisherman's row.  Remember to come up to the kiosk with your catches!
FEATURED ANGLERS
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Maria Codoviz, Trevor Krug and George Krug caught their limit of trout using mousetails.  
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Yang Zuo of Fremont caught this beautiful 5 lb. trout using Powerbait worm.  
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Fifteen-year-old Pablo Sanchez of Newark caught this 18.6 lb. catfish on Fisherman’s Row using shrimp.

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
Park Hours:
For November is 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; all water craft must be off 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.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
BOAT LAUNCH FACILITY WILL BE CLOSED FOR REHABILITATION
The boat launch facility will be closed for rehabilitation beginning September 25, 2017, and shall reopen in spring 2018. Improvements will include improvements to the boat launch, paving and striping of the parking area, new vaults toilets, new and relocated fish cleaning station, and new drinking fountains. All other areas of Contra Loma Regional Park shall not be impacted by this construction. This project is made possible through generous grants from the Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Boating and Waterways.
TRAILERED BOATS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LAUNCH.
CARTOP BOAT WILL NEED TO BE CARRIED TO THE WATER FROM ANOTHER PARKING AREA.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA
HOURS OF OPERATION
Park hours: 7:00am-5:00pm
Concession: Closed for the season
Marina: Closed for the season
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 4:00pm.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
The temperature has been in the low-40s to the low-60s with showers on and off the past few weeks.
Water Temperature: 58 degrees, depending on depth.
Water Clarity: Visibility seems to vary between 10-15 feet.
Shadow Cliffs has already received several fish plants this season, and is scheduled to get a fish plant this week and next, so fishing at Shadow Cliffs is only going to get better!
TROUT
On 11/14 Addison Jolly caught a 7 lb. trout.  He was fishing off the Stanley dock, and was using orange Powerbait. John Baines of Livermore caught a 3 lb. and a 4 lb. trout fishing of the 3rd dock.  He was using chartreuse Powerbait.
On 11/19 Chris Nuckolls was fishing down by the boat dock when he caught a 2 lb. trout.  He used worms for bait.
On 11/20 Sam of Pleasanton caught limits of trout bait-fishing. He was boating near the east side of the lake.  
Thirteen-year-old Jeff Priscaro of Pleasanton caught 2 trout on mice tails.   He was fishing on the Stanley Shoreline and he almost reeled in a big trout on a Kastmaster but it got away. On 11/21 Jeff caught a trout fishing from the Stanley Shoreline.
Jose Anaya of San Jose caught 2 trout and he was fishing down by the 2nd dock and he was using Powerbait.
On 11/22 Robert Muchna III caught a 6.5 lb. trout on pumpkin Powerbait and he was fishing on the Stanley Dock.
On 11/24 Mel was out trolling on his kayak using Rapalas when he caught limits of trout.
On 11/26 Quillermo caught a 5 lb. trout on marshmallow-white Powerbait and spring green Powerbait.  He was fishing of the Stanley Shoreline.
CATFISH
Moses Miciel caught 2 catfish totaling 19 lbs. and he was using worms.  He was fishing from the Stanley shoreline.
BASS
Anglers report seeing small bass all over the main lake and they say they are hiding in the weeds.
FEATURED ANGLERS
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Chris Nuckolls caught this trout by the boat dock using worms.
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Jeff Priscaro of Pleasanton caught this trout fishing from the Stanley Shorelines.
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Trout limits are being pulled from all over the lake.  Fishing at Shadow Cliffs will continue to be fantastic the rest of the year!

We encourage all anglers to please stop by our kiosk on the way out to report catches, stories, comments, and/or concerns.
All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.
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REGULATIONS FOR THE ARROYO PONDS
* EBRPD Daily Fishing Permit, CA State Fishing License
Catch and Release, Barbless Hooks, Artificial lures, Float tubes only

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD) 

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
No Report

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours 5AM- 10PM
Parking lot open 7:00AM-4:30PM
GENERAL CONDITIONS
It has been mild to cool, and rainy here at Ferry Point
Fishing has been slow, with at least one leopard shark has been caught.
Attention anglers:  Please do your part to keep the pier clean!

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/Gate hours 7:00am-4:00pm
GENERAL CONDITIONS
The water temperature off the pier is in the mid-50s, and the weather is intermittent and random from day to day.  Be prepared for wind and rain during the next few days.
There hasn’t been much fishing pressure on the pier over the last few weeks.
Just a reminder that it is never legal to keep the Dungeness crab from the bay.
Pier retrofit is complete, with all new benches, windscreens and cleaning station.
Reminder to boaters:  Fog can come up quickly and bring an umbrella and/or rain gear
STRIPED BASS
Stripers are slowing down at the moment compared to last month but there are a few being landed in the 18-30-inch range off the pier.  Small stripers being caught off the point by Dotson staging area at high tide.  Jacksmelt and cut anchovies seems to be the preferred bait.  Pile worms work well during slow times.    
OTHER SPECIES
Small sharks are being caught while soaking bait for stripers.  No reports of any halibut being caught.

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
No report

ECKLEY PIER

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fishing information can be found our Fishing page.
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.


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