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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1068  | July 29, 2016

NEW Resolution Passed (Sec. 404.3): NO SMOKING on EBRPD property, including all piers, parks & trails.

Saturday, July 2: FREE FISHING DAY Saturday, July 2, anyone can fish without purchasing a State Fishing License or a District Fishing Access Permit. All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements and fishing hours remain in effect.

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.

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  
07/25/16 --- --- 750
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08/01/16 --- --- ---
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08/08/16 --- --- 750
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Lake Chabot  
07/25/16 --- --- 500
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08/01/16 --- --- ---
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Shadow Cliffs  
07/25/16 --- ---
500
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08/01/16 --- --- ---
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08/08/16 --- --- 750
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Quarry Lakes  
07/25/16 --- --- 750
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08/01/16 --- --- ---
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08/08/16 --- --- 500
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Contra Loma  
07/25/16 ---
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08/01/16 --- --- --- ---
08/08/16 --- --- 500
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Lake Temescal
07/25/16 --- --- 500
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08/01/16 --- --- --- ---
08/08/16 --- --- ---
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Don Castro  
07/25/16
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08/01/16 --- --- --- ---
08/08/16 --- --- ---
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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 7 pm 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
We had some nice weather again this week, not too hot and some mild winds. This made for some great fishing conditions. Currently the water temperature is holding at 78 degrees, this is what Striped Bass and Catfish love, nice warm water.

CATFISH
Catfish has been doing well this week. Most anglers have been getting some nice size Catfish. Anglers have had success with: anchovies, chicken liver, mackerel or sardines. If you are going to target Catfish look for places that have cover. Rock walls, downed trees weed beds and shady areas.

TROUT  
Trout fishing is very slow because of the warm water. To target Trout you need to be in deeper water, and your best bet is by the Dam. They are in twenty to thirty feet of water. Power Bait or Night Crawlers work well.

BASS
Anglers have also been getting some Black Bass. Most anglers are getting them on robo worms, or any type of plastic worms. The best areas are weed beds and rock walls.

STRIPED BASS
This week the Hot bite was Striped Bass. Early in the morning, and late afternoons some anglers have reported seeing boils. If you see the Striped Bass boiling, you want to use top water lures. Most anglers are however using anchovies or Chicken liver and fishing in about ten to fifteen of water.

CATCHES REPORTED
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Joshua, Pecso, Bryan Pecso and Anthony Orphanedes of Livermore on 7/15/2016 caught 4 Striped Bass. The biggest was 3.4 lbs and the stringer weighed 10.15 lbs. They were using Anchovies, fishing near the Dam.

WHOPPERS:
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Cereno Family on 7/19/2016 caught 1 Striped Bass. It weighed 15 Lbs. They were using anchovies, and fishing near the Dam.

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Monday-Thursday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am – 5:00pm
Boats are due in by 6pm
Friday-Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am – 6:00pm
Boats are due in by 7pm
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
Help support the East Bay Regional Parks Foundations by participating in the Lake Chabot 50th Year Anniversary Catfish Derby. Tickets are $5 dollars, they are valid for the entire month of July, and will benefit the Regional Parks Foundation. Tickets are available at the Lake Chabot Marina and are valid July 1- July 31. Prizes will be awarded to the top three fish, as well as tagged catfish! Water temperature remains in the mid 70’s and water clarity is about 4 feet visibility.  The visibility of the water should clear up in the next couple of days depending on the weather.
There is still plenty of time to hit your limit and possibly catch the first place fish!      
All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays! 

CATFISH
Catfishing is starting to heat up.  A great shore spot for catfishing at night is either Raccoon Point or the first dock on the West shore trail.  Make sure to show up a little early, the first dock fills up pretty fast at night.  During the day the Dam and Bass Cove has been a great spot to catch catfish.  Anglers have been using mackerel, chicken liver, anchovies and nightcrawlers to catch their limits!  

TROUT  
Trout fishing has been slow for the last couple weeks.  Our last trout plant was back in late May.  The trout are going to be in deep water so when trolling for trout make sure to play around with some weights about a foot from the lure or try drifting back by the Dam. Please follow our facebook page to keep updated on fishing conditions.  

BASS
With the warm weather we are expecting this upcoming week, bass fishing should be great. Bass fishing already has been steady for the last several weeks with some bass anglers catching and releasing good numbers. If you do want to try your luck a couple good spots to fish for bass are near the island or in Bass Cove using a drop shot rig, or weightless wacky senko. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!
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
Fishing is still permitted. Water contact (swimming, wading) is prohibited due to the blue green algae.

CATFISH
Catfish have been the hot bite recently with several catches reported at the middle ADA dock.

TROUT
No trout catches reported.

BASS
Some bass catches have been reported.

CATCHES REPORTED

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HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Gates open from 6am - 8pm
There was positive tests for blue-green algae in and around the swimming area. The swim area is currently closed and 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 and the water is on the rise.

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.

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Rene Britton of Fremont caught a 4.5 lb catfish with night crawlers near the point of the peninsula.

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
May-August: 6:00am -- 8:30pm; all water craft must be off the lake by 6:30 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
Weather is going to be warm to hot this week. Fishing has been okay to slow for catfish, bass, crappie and bluegill.

CATFISH
Catfish have been biting at Channel Point, Loma Island or from a boat with shrimp or chicken livers.

TROUT
Trout bite has slowed down.  Try fishing for them in deeper water at Channel Point, near the swim area or from a boat using nightcrawlers or variety of power bait.

BASS
Black bass fishing has been good, biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake. 

CRAPPIE/BLUEGILL
Crappie and bluegill have been biting jigs or worms at the Boat Ramp area, Loma Island and the Channel Point area.

WHOPPERS:
No whoppers reported.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA
HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
July: 6am-9pm
Boat Rental Hours: 8am to 6pm
Concession Hours: 11am to 5pm
All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been in the upper 70’s and 80’s with the water temperature reaching about 72 degrees. The water is crystal clear.
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 catfish bite is picking up. The best bait to use has been mackerel, chicken livers and sardines.

TROUT
The water temperature is heating up, so the trout have been diving to deeper water. Anglers are having success early in the morning using on rapalas, night crawlers, Kastmasters, and chartreuse Power Bait.

BASS
Bass are biting on swimbaits, but remember to release your bass back into the lake to keep the population up.

CATCHES REPORTED
Jon, of Patterson, caught and released 7 bass using senkos, while float tubing in the Arroyo.
Gabriel Rezendas, caught and released 5 bass in the Arroyo.
Zak Wilder caught and released 7 bass fishing in the Arroyo. Each bass weighed in at 4 pounds, and he hooked them on senkos.

WHOPPERS:
No whoppers reported.

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD) 

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Sunny and warm, with some fish biting reported. Hot spots are typically the steep bank located next to the park entrance, and the fishing dock. The most recently successful lures are garlic scented, and colored bright green. Power-Bait has also been successful in recent trout catches reported.

WHOPPERS:
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8 lb and 7 lb catfish caught by David Ingalls and his son Zach at Don Castro July 3rd
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3- 5lb catfish caught by David Ingalls and his son Zach at Don Castro July 23rd.

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The Ferry Point plaza is newly-remodeled, complete with a brand new fish cleaning table! Morning fog has been clearing by midday, with most afternoons warm and breezy.
Anglers reported bullhead and jacksmelt catches are on the rise.

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 7:00am-7:00pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Try fishing towards the end of the pier where the water starts to clear up. The best time to fish has been around the time high tide rolls in.

STRIPED BASS
Stripers have been biting, with most coming in anywhere from 18-33 inches. Midway, up to the end of the pier has been producing the best size catches. Best baits have been Pile worms, Anchovies, Shrimp and Live-lining Jack Smelt. Also plugging from shore is always a good bet with the stripers currently running through the San Pablo Bay.

OTHER SPECIES
Leopard Sharks along with Bat Rays are being caught daily off the pier. The best baits have been squid or cut baits fished on the bottom. Perch have been caught by a couple fisherman fishing up close to the pier pilings on both a high and low tide.

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been HOT! Expect low wind and lots of sun.

STRIPED BASS
There have been a few striped bass coming in the last few weeks. They have been biting live minnows and anchovies.

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 weather is perfect conditions for fishing right now, with temperatures ranging from the low 70s to the high 80s. There have been a few striped bass coming in the last few weeks, with one report of a 32” striper. There has been lots of success with live minnows and anchovies.


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