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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1031  | February 25, 2015

*** NOTICE > Asiatic Clam Sightings - What you Need to Know (Acrobat PDF) ***  
*** ATTENTION BOATERS - Please Prevent Mussels From Invading Our Lakes ***
To prevent the destructive Quagga and Zebra mussels from potentially shutting down the water delivery system, EBRPD is asking all boaters to prevent the spread of mussels into East Bay reservoirs and lakes.
Inspections include motorboats, rowboats, kayaks, canoes and float tubes.
If you are launching your own boat at Lake Chabot, Del Valle, Quarry Lakes or Contra Loma, be prepared for a mandatory boat inspection. There are no bands or inspections at Shadow Cliffs.

 An Annual Invasive Inspection Permit is now available for $40.

Wet boats, motors or gear will be denied launching.Read more...  

Attention Anglers - EBRPD Fishing Rules

  1. DO NOT LET YOUR DOG EAT RAW TROUT/SALMON as they may be infected with a parasitic disease which can be fatal to your pet.For more information call EBRPD at 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757) or (510) 635-0135.
  2. EBRPD recommends all bass be released. Please do not remove tags from 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 trout.
  4. All park hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. unless otherwise posted.
  5. Please remember to clean up any fouled line and bait containers. Wildlife can be injured or killed by fishing line!

Fish Thrive in Christmas Tree Reefs

Our underwater camera caught some Gamefish Swimming around a submerged Christmas tree reef created by our fisheries management staff and volunteers.

Please use the special fishing line disposal tubes at Del Valle, Lake Chabot and Shadow Cliffs.  
Recycling your broken fishing monofiliment helps protect wildlife.

General Activity


     The lake has risen again thanks to the run off from Mt. Hamilton.  Due to all the extra water, the South end is completely flooded.  It’s not very deep 4-5 foot max with a visibility of 2 feet, although out towards the Dam and Heron bay is much clearer, you can see to the bottom at 25-30 feet with an ultra light stain.  Sunshine all week has made the shallow water quite a bit warmer than the deeper parts of the lake.

Trout fishing remained strong even through the warm weather.  Most of the trout being caught now are coming from the West beach and Handicap dock, the East beach has slowed way down and not producing fish like it was several weeks before.  If you are fishing with lures, be sure to keep yellow and red in mind as those are the preferred colors of trout anglers lately.  Power Bait is still the most effective way to catch large rainbows and many recent fish on PB have been 10lb. plus.  Another thing to keep in mind is, when the water warms up the trout will suspend much deeper in the lower thermocline in search of colder more oxygenated water.

Striped bass have become more active again and eating cut baits like anchovies, mackerel, and sardines in the warm shallow waters.  Last week a 15 pounder was pulled off the West beach, along with a 5 pounder.  The stripes have come up on the surface for baitfish the last couple of nights, so that indicates the shad are rising from deeper water into the warm water of the surface later into the evening.  Shad are in the Herring family, so that brings frozen Herring to the table as a new experimental bait here at Del Valle.

Largemouth and smallmouth made an explosive appearance this week with all the sunshine and new cover.  Two weeks ago it was impressive to land 1 or 2 bass in a day, but this week it was 4-10 bass a day.  Drop shotting 4 inch robo worms has been the answer to that mystery.  Margarita mutilator, Morning dawn, and Aarons Magic all work really well and producing nice 2-5 pound fish.  A few anglers have reported BIG Largemouth following wake baits and s-wavers.

Featured anglers of the week.

Rick Hofer of Livermore 14lb trout on Powerbait in South end.

Ron Salsedo of Livermore 7lb trout on Powerbait in Narrows.

Richard Lara of San Jose 15lb Striper on anchovies from West beach.

NOTE: Use of Lead Fishing Tackle is Prohibited at Quarry Lakes
Download: Lead Fishing Tackle Awareness brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF


NOTE: Use of lead fishing tackle is prohibited at Quarry Lakes. Please come to the entry kiosk to exchange your lead weights for non-lead.

* On February 10th Frank Yanagihara of Union City caught his limit of trout from his kayak in front of Horseshoe Lake.
* On February 10th Jason of San Jose caught a 4.7lb trout on Fisherman’s row on Power Bait.
* On February 13th Chuck Turnipseed of Newark caught a 7.5 lb. catfish on the Peninsula on pumpkin Power Bait.
* On February 13th Josh Munoz of Union City caught a 10.5 lb. trout on Fisherman’s Row on white Power Eggs.
* On February 13th Bob Menize of Union City caught a 10 lb., 6 lb. and 5 lb. trout on Kiosk Cove on Egg Worms.
* On February 14th Ryan Mayo of Sunnyvale caught a 13 lb. trout on Fisherman’s Row on a firetiger castmaster.
* On February 17th Alex DeOlivera of Fremont caught a 12.5 lb. trout from a boat in front of Horseshoe Lake on Power Bait.
* On February 20th Eliseido Sandoval of Fremont caught an 11.1 lb. trout on Fisherman’s Row on chartreuse Power Bait.

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.
 Currently our boat ramp and fishing pier are both open and the water is still high.
 The park entrance gate hours are 6am to 6pm.


Fishing at Temescal continues to be good; not outstanding or amazing, but good with anglers pulling in one or two fish.


Park Hours:
For February is 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; all water craft must be of the lake by 5:00 p.m.

Reminder to boaters:  All watercraft (including float tubes) need to have a wearable Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (PFD) per person.  Children age 12 and under must wear a personal floatation device (PFD) while the vessel is underway.

Fishing has been good.

- Trout are biting anywhere around the lake on a variety of Power Baits or nightcrawlers. Try the East Shore with white power eggs or mice tails. Or try Channel Point area with nightcrawlers or power bait.
- Try fishing for catfish with nightcrawlers, anchovies, or chicken liver anywhere around the lake.
- Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake.
- Try fishing for crappie or bluegill with jigs or worms at Loma Island or Channel Point area. 

Whoppers reported:
- Sean Fong caught a 6.9 lb. trout on a Kastmaster at the East Side.
- David Cook caught a 9.6 lb. trout on Mice Tails near the Swim Lagoon.
- Matilde Quiroga caught a 6.5 lb. trout on Power Worms at Channel Point.
- Casey Kahn caught an 11.10 lb. trout on a Rapala from a kayak.
- Jay Maltz caught a 5.1 lb. trout on Power Bait at the East Side.
- John Jorgensen caught a 5.12 lb. trout on Power Eggs from a float tube.
- Jacob Parla caught a 7.12 lb. trout on Power Eggs.
- Mark Silva caught a 7.3 lb. trout on Power Eggs from a boat.


Trout fishing continues to be amazing right now!!! Limits of trout have been being caught all over the East shore trail from Indian Cove to Raccoon Point. The Dam and Half Moon Bay is also starting to pick up again too. Anglers fishing from the shore are doing extremely well using Power Bait, especially rainbow and chartreuse with the garlic scent. Trolling is also doing fairly well dragging a Mira Shad, Rapala, or Kastmaster about 100 feet behind the boat. Trolling from the surface down to 6 feet has been great. Water temperature is starting to come down. Currently, water temperature is around the mid 50’s with 5 feet visibility near the middle of the lake. The water level of the lake remains extremely low, with plenty of shoreline due to a lack of rain this season.

When you bring in your big fish, we will take your picture and give you a “Lake Chabot Whopper Club” button. If you catch a whopper over 5 lbs. (trout), 8 lbs. (catfish) or 3 lbs. (bass) you will receive a whopper club pin. For beginning anglers, if you have any questions on what to use, please come down to the Marina and one of our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you get set up for your fishing adventure.

All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays! Our schedule for the marina has changed to 6:30 AM-5:00PM. Boat rentals will stop at 4:00PM and are due back in by 5:00PM. When March begins we will start opening at 6:00AM and closing at 6:00pm.

Attention all boaters we now offer food delivery to your boat! Call the marina and place an order of $25 or more and your food will be brought out directly to your boat! Credit/Debit only.

Catfishing continues to be very slow, but they’re still out there. Water temperature will determine how active catfishing will be. This time of the year catfish are going to be located by Raccoon point, behind the island, in coves by the dam and in bass cove. Anglers are using a variety of baits including mackerel, anchovies and chicken liver.

Giant beautiful trout are continuing to be pulled out of the east shore here at Lake Chabot. Limits and whoppers are starting to come in on a daily basis, so try to get down here early for beautiful morning scenery and better fishing. The bait to use right now when fishing on the shoreline is chartreuse and rainbow Power Bait with garlic scent. When trolling, make sure to let out about a hundred feet of line and let the motor do all the work, but also be wary of other anglers on the shoreline so your lines don’t get caught! The hot lures that are getting limits are gold Kastmaster and Mira/Flicker shads. We should get another trout plant here at Lake Chabot later on this week so make sure to check out our fish plant video on our Lake Chabot Facebook page at

Bass fishing has continued to be on the slow side, but as we get closer and closer to spring bass fishing will definitely start picking up. If you are fishing for bass, the early mornings and in the evenings, mostly on plastics, jigs and hula grubs and top water here and there will be your best bet. If you do want to come try your luck, a couple of good spots to fish for bass are near the island or the tulles by Raccoon Point. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!

Whoppers reported:
- Trevor Koto from Redwood Shores caught a 12 lb. and a 9.38 lb. rainbow trout down in raccoon point fishing with flicker shads.
- Abby Mc Carthy from Danville caught a 14.4 lb. rainbow trout in Indian cove on Power Bait.
- Patrick Ko from Berkeley caught a 12.22 lb. rainbow trout in raccoon point also on Power Bait.

Boat rentals are from 6:30am-4:00pm
Boats are due in by 5:00pm
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 Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination.


February Park Hours: 7:00am - 6:00pm
March Park Hours: 6:30am – 7:30pm

Featured Anglers:
2/13/15 – Mark from San Jose caught his limit of trout with the largest weighing in at 5 lbs. He was using chartreuse Power Bait while fishing from the shoreline to the left of the first dock.
2/18/15 – Report of regular anglers catching and releasing many bass in the Arroyo mainly float tubing in the Island Pond.

2/18/15 – Yian Cornelius from Castro Valley caught and released a beautiful 14lb. bass on drop shot at the 3rd dock.

2/19/15 – Nathan from Morgan Hill caught his limit in trout. The largest two weighed in at 12 lbs. and 8 lbs. He was fishing from the shoreline and was using rainbow Power bait.

2/21/15 – Roberto B. from Livermore caught a whopper of a trout weighing in at 14 lbs. He was fishing from the 1st dock using green pumpkin and garlic Power bait.

* Due to record low water levels, the boat launch remains CLOSED. However, if your vessel is light enough to be carried safely, launching from the shoreline is permitted.
With 2000 lbs. of Trout planted in the last week, fishing has really improved. Many anglers are catching their limits and even reeling in some whoppers!
Reports of several 6+ lb. trout have been coming in. We’ve also had reports of several large bass being caught and released from the main lake.
Please practice catch and release for all bass as they are not stocked in the lake and their population depends on you!
The Boat Rentals and Concession are CLOSED for the season so please purchase your CA State Fishing License and any other fishing supplies prior to arriving at the park. All personal watercraft must be off the lake a half hour before park closing. Water temperature is approximately 66 degrees.

Please remember that the Back Ponds in the Arroyo have different regulations than the main lake.
They are as follows:

EBRPD Daily Fishing Permit as well as a CA State Fishing License.
Catch and Release; Barbless hooks; Artificial lures (no live bait); Float Tubes Only.
No other vessels are permitted in the back ponds

The Sun is Shining and the Fish are biting, Come enjoy a beautiful day here at Shadow Cliffs!
We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Kiosk staff. Thank you so much!


No report.


Fishing is still slow.


The fishing here at Don Castro has been good and anglers have been catching nice size trout.


Fishing is very slow at Antioch/Oakley Shoreline Pier.


At Point Pinole the fishing was going pretty well with quite a few striped bass caught ranging in size from 19”-22”. There were also some perch and even a 32” halibut that were caught. But, the high winds seem to have blown away that success with its resulting poor conditions.


Anglers have taken striped bass and leopard shark from Ferry Point pier and shoreline.


Two keeper sturgeon have been caught in the last two weeks by anglers using grass shrimp.

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

      Fish Planting Information

      1. The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) plants rainbow trout and channel catfish that average 1 pound each.
      2. The California Department of Fish & Game (DFG) plants trout averaging over ½ pound each.
      3. Plants are subject to change due to weather conditions.

      REMINDER: Netting and snagging fish is PROHIBITED at any East Bay Regional Park.No fishing is allowed around the area where a fish plant occurs.

      Water / Week EBRPD Rainbow Trout (lbs) DF&G Rainbow Trout (lbs) EBRPD Channel Catfish (lbs) DF&G Channel Catfish (lbs)
      Del Valle  
      02/23/15 1000 --- --- ---
      03/02/15 800 --- --- ---
      03/09/15 1000 --- --- ---
      Lake Chabot  
      02/23/15 500 --- --- ---
      03/02/15 --- --- --- ---
      03/09/15 800 --- --- ---
      Shadow Cliffs  
      02/23/15 800 --- --- ---
      03/02/15 ---
      1000 --- ---
      03/09/15 --- --- --- ---
      Quarry Lakes  
      02/23/15 800 --- --- ---
      03/02/15 1000 1000 --- ---
      03/09/15 800 --- --- ---
      Contra Loma  
      02/23/15 --- 1400 --- ---
      03/02/15 --- --- --- ---
      03/09/15 800
      --- --- ---
      Lake Temescal  
      02/23/15 --- 700 --- ---
      03/02/15 500 --- --- ---
      03/09/15 --- --- --- ---
      Don Castro  
      02/23/15 --- --- --- ---
      03/02/15 500 --- --- ---
      03/09/15 --- --- --- ---
      Shinn Pond  
      --- --- --- --- ---
      Jordan Pond  
      --- --- --- --- ---

      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 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 the disabled.Call (510) 544-2220.

      New regulations require possession of a Sturgeon Fishing Report Card.
      Fish Size Limit Number per day


      No limit



      No limit


      Black bass

      12 inches minimum


      Striped bass

      18 inches minimum



      40-60 inches in forklength


      Crappie, Bluegill
      & Sunfish

      No limit

      25 in combination