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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1082 | February 10, 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 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  
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Lake Chabot  
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02/20/17 750
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Shadow Cliffs  
02/06/17 750
1000
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02/13/17 750
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02/20/17 ---
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Quarry Lakes  
02/06/17 1000
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02/13/17
750
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02/20/17
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Contra Loma  
02/06/17 750
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02/13/17
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1000
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02/20/17
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Lake Temescal
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02/13/17
500
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02/20/17
500
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Don Castro  
02/06/17
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02/13/17
500
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02/20/17
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.

NOTICE: As of January 11, the main park will be closed until further notice due to flood related issues. Visitors may still park in the arroyo area and outside on mines road if they want to walk in. There are no facilities open; visitors entering the park do so at their own risk. The campground and reservations will be closed for the next 7 days due to power issues.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
No report.
CATFISH
No catfish catches reported.
TROUT 
No trout catches reported.
BASS
No bass catches reported.
STRIPED BASS
No striper catches reported.
CATCHES REPORTED
No catches reported.

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Monday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 7:00am - 3:30pm
Boats are due in by 4:30 pm
Hours subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
The lake is FULL!   The rain this past couple days has muddied up the lake quite a bit.  But with a few nice days it should clear right back up.  Our current water level is at 106% and rising.  We are expecting rain in the upcoming weeks so make sure to call ahead if you are planning on renting or launching a boat.  Overall fishing has been slow.  Several trout were caught at Alder Point and a couple of six pounders were caught at the burner.  Our latest trout plants were on January 18th and January 25th of 1000 pounds each. Video of the trout plant is available on our facebook page. Currently all trout plants are suspended due to water going over the spillway.  Water temperature remains in the 50’s and water clarity is about 1 feet visibility.
All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays, including Patio Boats!! 
CATFISH
Catfishing slowed down quite a bit. No reports of catfish were reported getting caught this past week.  When fishing for catfish, the best bait to use when fishing for catfish is either chicken liver, or mackerel. Make sure to cut 2” inch chunk of mackerel and putting it on a size 1 or 2 hook and 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 fishing.   
TROUT 
Overall trout fishing has been slow.  Successful anglers are using PowerBait and mice tails to lure them in. When setting up make sure to use a sliding sinker set up with a ½ oz weight and at least an 18” leader line. Trolling also has been slow. Our last plant trout plant was on January 25th, of 1000 pounds. Water temperature remains in the 50’s and visibility is about less than a foot.  All fish plants have been suspended due to water going over the spillway.
BASS
Bass fishing had a slow week.  No bass were caught.  Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:30am - 4:00pm
Boats are due in by 5:00 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.

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Until further notice, from the Water Management department and the city of Oakland, the lake will be CLOSED for water contact and fishing.
CATFISH
None reported.
TROUT
Anglers pulled out a few 12”-15” trout before the lake was closed. Trout have been caught using PowerBait mouse tails (orange and white). There has also been success with floating Power eggs in pink and orange colors.
BASS
No bass catches reported.
CATCHES REPORTED

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Kenneth Miller caught this nice stringer of trout fishing along Fisherman’s row using 6lb. test and a 2 foot leader with chartreuse and orange PowerBait mouse tails.

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.

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
No report.
We do not sell State fishing licenses at Quarry Lakes, so please be sure to have your 2017 license before you arrive! Thank you!
CATFISH
None reported.
TROUT
None reported.
BASS
None reported.
CATCHES REPORTED
None reported.

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
January: 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
No report.
CATFISH
None reported.
TROUT
None reported.
BASS
None reported.
CRAPPIE/BLUEGILL/CARP
No crappie, bluegill or carp have been reported.

CATCHES REPORTED:

No catches reported.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
January & February 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
No report.
CATFISH
No report.
TROUT
No report.
BASS
No report.
CATCHES REPORTED
No catches reported.

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD) 

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
8am – 8pm; all water craft must be off the lake by 5pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been rainy, and cold, and wet without many fishermen.
CATFISH
No catfish catches reported.
TROUT
Anglers have been using PowerBait to attract trout with some luck. The spots to be are along the Dam’s edge or any lakeside edge close to Dam.

CATCHES REPORTED
 
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Man vs Fish 2.0 with a lunker trout weighing in at 5.4lbs. that he pulled out of the murky depths of Don Castro.

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Man vs Fish 2.0 with an impressive rainbow stringer including a 6lb. (on left) and a 5lb. (on right)

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Most days have been very stormy and rainy. Fishing has been slow, with no reported catches.

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The Point Pinole Pier is having structural improvements being done, but is still open to the public for fishing. (Note: Benches and Windscreens have been removed temporarily).
No report.
STRIPED BASS
None reported.
OTHER SPECIES
None reported.

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 water craft must be off the lake by 5pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
No report.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fishing has been slow, with a few undersized striped bass being caught at Eckley Pier. The water condition is ideal for sturgeon, but only a few undersized have been caught and released at both Eckley and Martinez. The rain was a deterrent to many fishermen; only those willing to brave the extreme weather set up tents and parkas but also came up empty handed.
On a side note, a lot more newcomers are setting up crab traps at Eckley Pier. Please be aware that catching Dungeness crab at Eckley Pier is prohibited. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife can and will cite fishermen that are targeting Dungeness crab: 29.85. CRABS. (a) Dungeness crabs (Cancer magister): (1) Closure: Dungeness crab may not be taken from or possessed if taken from San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay, plus all their tidal bays, sloughs and estuaries between the Golden Gate Bridge and Carquinez Bridge.


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