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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1087 | April 21, 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  
04/17/17 1000
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04/24/17 1000
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05/01/17 1000
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Lake Chabot  
04/17/17 750
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1000
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Shadow Cliffs  
04/17/17 750
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05/01/17 1000
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Quarry Lakes  
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04/24/17
750
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Contra Loma  
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04/24/17
750
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Lake Temescal
04/17/17 500
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500
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Don Castro  
04/17/17
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04/24/17
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05/01/17
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.
Del Valle is now OPEN, and trout are being stocked!

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 6:00am - 4:30pm
Boats are due in by 5:30 pm
Hours subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Lake Chabot is 100% FULL!  We are expecting a few nice days this upcoming week, temperatures are expected to be in low 70’s.  Our current water level is at 101%.  Overall fishing has been great. Our last trout plant was on April 5th, we planted 1,000 lbs. next to the marina.  Water temperature remains in the 50’s and water clarity is about 7 feet. We are expecting another trout plant later this week. Please follow our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/lakechabot, for daily updates on fishing conditions.
All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays, including Patio Boats!! 
CATFISH
No reports of catfish were reported getting caught this past week. Typically catfish fishing is slow this time of year. We will begin to plant catfish in the summer when the water temperature increases.  When fishing for catfish, the best bait to use 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 casting. Typical hotspot for catfishing is fishing near the Island and back by Raccoon Point.
TROUT  
Overall trout fishing has been AMAZING! Both bait fishing as well as trolling has worked really well for anglers. Fishing on both shorelines has been producing both limits and whoppers. Anglers fishing from shore are using a variety of powerbait. Anglers trolling are doing well using Rapala lures. J7, Firetiger, and Rainbow trout pattern are the most productive. Weather forecast for this upcoming week looks promising with no chance of rain. Our last trout plant was on April 5th, we planted 1,000 lbs right next to the marina. Since the beginning of April there has been over 15 reported whoppers. Other baits that also work to catch trout are chartreuse and yellow powerbait.
BASS
Bass fishing has began to pick up. This time of year bass tend to be on their beds spawning. Using plastic worms has been the most productive. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!
CATCHES REPORTED
No catches reported.
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
Weather has been unsettled, rainy then, sunny, not very windy. The fish have been biting and Anglers have been out almost every day since the last report.
CATFISH
One 12 inch long catfish was reported near the center of the park near the stone bench, just to the right of the ADA dock.
TROUT
Anglers have been catching trout almost every day. Trout have ranged from 12 inches (1.5 lbs.) – 23+ inches (2-4 lbs ). Most anglers are using a variety of power bait dough. Most recently the popular colors have been: chartreuse, rainbow and garlic all in a mint color. Power bait mouse tails are still hooking them as well.
 *A few anglers have reported catching trout with Kast master lures on warmer days.
BASS
Two bass were reported being caught on lures around the north Temescal fishing dock and along the west shore trail. You can actually see lots of baby bass around almost every section of the lake.
CATCHES REPORTED

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HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
6:00am -- 7:00pm; all watercraft must arrive before 3pm to be inspected, and trailered boats must be at the kiosk by 4:00pm to be banded.

There has been positive tests for blue-green algae in and around the swimming area. 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.
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
Between a few rainy bouts here and there the weather has been great here at Quarry. The wind usually doesn’t kick up until about 2 or 3 in the afternoon, and the mornings are still nice and crisp. Water is still being diverted into quarry from Alameda creek so the water is still rising, albeit slowly.  
CATFISH
There have been no reports of catfish being caught.
TROUT
The trout bite had been inconsistent. We are getting fished pretty hard around the plants with many anglers catching great fish within a few days of the fish plant. Generally it tapers off pretty quick after. There are still anglers catching trout most days, however many are starting to feel reluctant to report their catches! Everyone wants to keep their “honeyhole” a secret!
BASS
Bass have been starting to bite! They have been moving into shallow waters and are concerned with their spawn. Most reports have been for smallmouth bass with a few largemouth bass caught as well. Please remember that we do not stock bass in our lakes. With this crucial spawn season we ask that you catch and release your bass in order to sustain a vibrant bass population here at Quarry.
CATCHES REPORTED
No catches reported.

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
April 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 6 p.m.
May 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 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 been good.
CATFISH
Catfishing has been good with anglers fishing from boats. They have been using artificial baits, nightcrawlers or chicken livers.
TROUT
Trout fishing has picked up.  Some nice size fish are being catch.  Anglers are catching them with nightcrawlers, Power Bait, or White Mice Tail at Channel Point or Boat Ramp area.
BASS
Black Bass have been biting with artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake or from boats.  
CRAPPIE/BLUEGILL/CARP
No crappie, bluegill or carp have been reported.

CATCHES REPORTED:

Gino Cabano caught a 5.7 lb. Trout with crank bait form a boat.

Matilde Quiroga caught a 5.9 lb. Trout with mice tail at Channel Point.

Brian Lahorn caught a 5.9 lb. & 5.4 lb. Trout with worms at Channel Point.

Pat Extrum caught a 5.14 lb. Trout with lure from a boat.

Sack caught a 6.6 lb. Trout with power bait from west dock.

Mark Silva caught a 6 lb. Trout with lure from a boat.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Concession and Marina are closed for the season.
All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.
Park hours: 6am-7pm
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 6:00pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fish plants have increased recently and so has the number of anglers at Shadow Cliffs. This is likely due to the increased number fish plants and the closure of Lake Del Valle (which is now open).
Water Temperature: 52-58 degrees, depending on depth.
Water Clarity: Visibility seems to vary between 10-15 feet.
Water Level: Water levels are very high at Shadow Cliffs and portions of the path along the lake is under water. This is making it difficult to access the first dock without waders.
TROUT
The lake has been stocked with Mt Lassen Rainbow Trout every week, for the past five or six weeks. Anglers report that the trout bite is slow with the trout going down to 40 feet.
Tanner Zolder of Livermore caught 2 trout fishing by the 2nd dock using power-bait. Kyle Unger of Castro Valley caught a 5 lb. trout fishing right of the marina and he was using power-bait.
CATCHES REPORTED
On 4/9/17 Gabriel Rezendez caught and released 7 bass float tubing in the arroyo and he was using senko’s.  

A fisherman was boating on the north side of the main lake when he caught and released a 10lb bass.

Bob Sratford caught a 3lb bass fishing in the arroyo and he was using senko’s.

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 warm and sunny. Most fish are being caught off the dock.
CATFISH
No catfish catches reported.
TROUT
The majority of the trout caught have been good size and weight. On average they are about a foot long, and anglers are having success using PowerBait with mouse tails off the dock and bank of the dam.
CATCHES REPORTED
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
Most days have been sunny and warm. Anglers are having success with striped bass and surfperch from the shoreline at Ferry Point.

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.
April park hours 7:00am-5:00pm
May park hours 7:00am-7:00pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Weather has been warm and sunny for the most part with winds picking up later in the morning. Water has been a little muddy but that hasn’t turned off the bite one bit.
STRIPED BASS
Stripers have been caught with keepers coming in anywhere from 18”-26” almost on a daily basis. Got word of a hot striper bite over Easter weekend with striper coming in off live jack smelt.  Best baits have been Pile Worms, Anchovies, and live Jack smelt. If you can catch one you’re in business!
STURGEON
The Sturgeon bite has been decent still with a couple coming in off the pier every week for the last month. An oversize 67” was caught and released last Friday from the pier. Ghost Shrimp, Pile Worms, and Sardines on a steel sturgeon rig have been producing. Muddy waters tend to be preferable while sturgeon fishing. Remember get your sturgeon tags if you plan on keeping one. 40-60” fork length is the keeper size slot.
OTHER SPECIES
Jack smelt are starting to show up around the pier once again! Sharks and Bat Rays have been showing up again the last couple weeks, but still a little slow for them. Try Squid on a bottom sliding rig, 2-5 oz weight should hold bottom.

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
The pier in Antioch had has remained busy. Anglers are reporting some keeper sized Striped Bass being caught each day on frozen sardines and anchovies.
No reports from the Big Break Pier or kayakers, but they have been launching from Big Break. No reports from fishing along the shoreline lately.

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.


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