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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1077 | December 2, 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.
 

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  
11/28/16 750
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12/05/16 1000
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12/12/16 750
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Lake Chabot  
11/28/16 500
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12/05/16 1000
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Shadow Cliffs  
11/28/16 500
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12/05/16 1000
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12/12/16 1000
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Quarry Lakes  
11/28/16 1050
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12/05/16 750
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Contra Loma  
11/28/16 500
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12/05/16 --- 1000
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12/12/16 750
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Lake Temescal
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12/05/16 ---
1000
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12/12/16 500
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Don Castro  
11/28/16
750
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12/12/16 500
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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 monofilament 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
Weather has made a sudden change this week.  What seemed like never ending heat has stopped and become cloudy and cold.  We are getting a nice amount of rain this year so far, let’s hope it continues to rain steady this winter.
Water temp dropped to 58-60 degrees and it has been overcast and rainy for the past few days.  The lake level is dropping fast, the island off hetch hetchy will pop the surface soon exposing itself.  Trout have been biting but not like they were, Stripers have put a hurt on the population this week.  I’m waiting for the next plant so we can see some more fish coming in the marina. Trout have been slamming on shore from the East beach to West beach.  Power Bait and other Berkeley products are the go to bait for fishermen. 
CATFISH
Catfish are still eating bait, worms are the bait of choice at the moment. When the creek starts to flow we will see a lot of cats coming in, even off of lures when the weather and creek flow are in harmony.
TROUT  
Trout have been biting on the East beach on Berkeley products.  Power eggs and worm combos and mice tails are pretty much the same thing and are the go to bait right now. Kastmasters, Panther martins, and Rapalas are great lures to cast for trout as well.
BASS
No bass catches reported.
STRIPED BASS
Swim baits are starting to get hit but not swallowed. Striped bass are on shad but the trophy fish are chasing planted trout. Some Striped bass are eating swimbaits, chicken livers, and anchovies. As the level of the lake gets lower and the temperature drops, fishing for these big pigs will be a battle of fish and man!

CATCHES REPORTED

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Erik Yamamoto of San Jose got a 2.7 lb trout on a crankbait by the Dam

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Brian Wood, Jason Zigani and Tony farris caught 3 stripers on S wavers

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Jacob Hall of livermore got 2 trout on Kastmasters in heron bay

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Mason  of Tracy caught a 5 lb striper on a swimbait from shore

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James of Newman got 3 trout on worms from the East beach

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Logan of San Jose got 2 trout on Purple Power Bait from the East beach

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Austin Zimmerman got a 12 lb cat on anchovies from shore in the Narrows

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Anthony got a 2 lb trout on a Kastmaster from East beach

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Tim Wood of Livermore caught a 7 lb cat on Livers in the Narrows

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Sergio and Hugo of San Jose got 10 Trout on Power bait from the East beach

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Jacob Lamar of Livermore caught a 7 lb trout on a Kastmaster from shore in the Narrows

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Kevin Yee of Fremont caught 3 trout on a Kastmaster from the East beach

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Monday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:30am - 3:30pm
Boats are due in by 4:30 pm
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
No report.
All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays, including Patio Boats!!  
CATFISH
No report.
TROUT  
No report.
BASS
No report.
We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Marina. Please email us at swong@calparksco.com. Please follow our Facebook page to keep updated on fishing conditions. Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination.
WHOPPERS REPORTED
Ryan Reynolds of San Mateo caught a 19lb. Largemouth Bass near Alder Point.

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Greetings Anglers!
The weather has been unsettled. Moderate wind, some recent rains. The fish have been biting consistently.
There is a lot of duckweed on the surface of the lake now, but it is NOT the blue-green algae we experienced this past summer. Our lake waters are the cleanest they have been in quite some time in that regard. Best time of day for maximum success appears to be between 10am to 2pm.
So come on over and test your luck; you never know what you might catch if you don’t cast!
CATFISH
A few Anglers have been catching catfish still. Anglers have been using Power Bait: rainbow trout dough, night crawlers, red worms. No particular hot spot for the catfish but recent catches have been near the Big Rock picnic site.
TROUT
Anglers have been catching trout consistently. Some walking away with two or three good size trout. Most caught trout have been between 12 and 14 inches. The prominent baits have been Power Bait and Rainbow Trout dough.
BASS
No catches reported.

Catches Reported
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HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
7:00am -- 5:00pm; all watercraft must arrive before 3pm to be inspected, and trailered boats must be at the kiosk by 4:00pm to be banded.

There have been on and off positive tests for blue-green algae in and around the swimming area. Park visitors should be watchful of their dogs, taking care that they stay on leash the entire time they are in the park and 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
The weather has been cooling. There has been a good bit of rain as well as some cold and windy days. The ACWD has turned on the water pumps, so water is coming in from Alameda Creek. The water level is on the rise!CATFISH
A few catfish are still being caught.
TROUT
Quite a few trout are still being caught by both boaters and shore fishermen, despite our last scheduled trout plant being accidentally dropped off at another lake. Please remember that the daily catch limit is five trout per angler.
BASS
Bass bite has been fairly slow. Not too many anglers have reported catches.
CATCHES REPORTED

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On November 20, 2016, Brian Schermerhorn of San Jose caught a beautiful 6lb. 1oz. rainbow trout using a rapala.  He was fishing to the right of the swim beach.

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
December: 7:00 am – 5:30 pm; all water craft must be of the lake by 3:30 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
Fishing has picked up.
CATFISH
No catfish catches reported.
TROUT
Trout fishing has slowed down at the boat ramp and on Channel Point Area. Trout have been biting on Power Bait, worms, and Kastmaster
BASS
Some catches from boats have been reported.
CRAPPIE/BLUEGILL
Crappie and bluegill have been biting on jigs or worms at Channel Point area.
WHOPPERS:
No whoppers reported.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
November, December, January Park Hours: 7:00am-5:00pm

Concession and Marina are closed for the season.

All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The water temperature has been reaching about 65? F. The weather has been a mix of warm days and cooler days with the temperatures in the high 50’s and 70’s. Water clarity is very good.
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
The best bait to use has been nightcrawlers, mackerel, chicken livers, anchovies and sardines.
TROUT
Boaters are catching limits of trout early in the morning and they are using worms and power-bait. Anglers report that the Stanley dock and the 2nd dock are good places to reel in trout.
BASS
Bass are biting on senko’s and plastic worms, but remember to release your bass back into the lake to keep the population up.

CATCHES REPORTED

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Moji caught limits of trout fishing left of the boat launch and he was using power-bait.

Justine Ilano caught and released 5 trout and he was using jigs and he was fishing by the cove.

Moji Akerian caught a 4lb, a 5lb and a 6lb trout and he was fishing right of the marina.

Angel Ramerez of San Jose caught 5 trout using PowerBait.

David Sigmoth of Milpitas caught 5 trout in only 4 hours and he was using PowerBait.

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Jon Miquel and Martin Villanveva and friend each caught 4 trout and 1 catfish, and they were using Hatchery pellet PowerBait and while fishing off the 2nd dock.

Guillermore of San Jose, caught 3 trout fishing off the west side of the lake and he was using green PowerBait.

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On 11-20-16 Toan Tran of San Jose caught his limit of trout totaling 15lb.! Toan was on his kayak using Kastmasters and rapalas.

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Josh caught this nice rainbow trout.

On 11-23-16 Toan Ngun and his son caught 9 trout fishing of the shoreline.

On 11/28/16 boaters were catching limits before 10.00a.m. Some boaters were bait fishing and some were trolling with Kastmasters.

Mitch Wolley caught a 15 inch catfish and 2 trout. He was using PowerBait and he was fishing near the boat launch.

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Wilson Catubig caught a 5lb catfish fishing left of the boat launch and he was using nightcrawlers.

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Romy of Livermore caught a 13lb. catfish and 2 trout.

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD) 

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Sunny, partly cloudy and cold, with lots fish biting reported. Hot spots are typically the steep bank located next to the park entrance, and the fishing dock.

CATFISH
10 Catfish were caught off of the East and West banks using chicken liver as bait. Each measured between 11”-20”. Successful lures are bright green with garlic dip for scent, and Power Bait has also been working.
TROUT
14 trout were caught off of both the East and West banks using Power Bait. Each trout measured 10-17”.
WHOPPERS:
None reported.

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
5am – 10pm
Parking lot open 7:00am-4:30pm; except for infrequent maintenance closures

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Most morning have been very foggy, then it burns off to warm and sunny afternoons. The cooling temperatures have limited catches to a few bullheads.

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 5:00am-10:00pm
Pier retrofit is underway and 4 of the 7 windscreens are currently out of service.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fishing has been improving slightly, though water is pretty murky.
STRIPED BASS
Some anglers have been reporting stripers in the 20-33inch range.
OTHER SPECIES
A few sharks and jack smelt have been caught.

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- Free Parking- No Overnight Camping
NO SMOKING in the park or on the pier

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Weather has been less pleasant, with rain and fairly cold mornings. Little striped bass are the only fish being landed.

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 fishing at Eckley Pier has been significantly slow, possibly due to the high tides. Many of the local fishermen are headed north towards Benicia in pursuit of salmon.


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