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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1043  | August 12, 2015

Free Fishing Days

Free Fishing days for 2015 are July 4 and September 5.
For details see the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

*** 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!

A plea to all fishermen/women.
A bald eagle was recently entangled with a fishing leader at Contra Loma.
PLEASE pick-up after yourselves, leave no hooks, lines or any other garbage behind!

 eagle with 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


Captain Dan's Fishing Report for Lake Del Valle 8-7-15

One freaky storm passed thru the canyon yesterday, and all the surrounding areas. Wind, clouds, rain, thunder and lightning lit up the night sky. As beautiful as the storm may have been, it shut the fish off completely!  Earlier this week, anglers annihilated the striped bass on anchovies and other cut baits. Other anglers were catching fish on Jerkbaits like Lucky Craft Pointers, Yo-Zuri Delta Minnows, and Mega Bass Jerks. They also were catching them on top water lures such as Cotton Cordell pencil poppers, XPS bass poppers, and Heddon Zara super spooks. Any top water lure that can efficiently "walk the dog" will call the Striped Bass to the surface. They will also attract the attention of Smallmouth bass as well.  

Anglers have been hunting for Largemouth and Smallmouth bass but they have been very illusive this year on the normal techniques for this season. However, small spinners like Panther Martins, Rooster Tails, and Joes Flies have been slamming smallies in deeper water. The catfish are still biting cut baits in the shallows around structure. Good Luck to everyone - Dan

No anglers brought in fish to be weighed or photographed this week.  


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.
Download: Lead Fishing Tackle Awareness brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF

No reports of fish being caught.


Fishing at Temescal has been very slow.


Park Hours:
For August is 6:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; all water craft must be of 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.

The Contra Costa Water District is lowering the Contra Loma reservoir approx. 10 feet. Unknown when it will be refilled. 

Fishing has been fair. 
- Stripers have been the catch of the month. Try using chicken liver near Channel Point or the Swim Lagoon.
- Try fishing for catfish with nightcrawlers, anchovies, or chicken liver at Loma Island, near the Swim Lagoon.
-Trout fishing has slowed down.  Try fishing at Channel Point or near the Swim Lagoon on a variety of Power Baits, mice tails or nightcrawlers.
- 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 the Boat Ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area. 

No Whoppers Reported


Fishing for trout and bass has been slow, although catfish is on the rise. With the water temperature rising, trout are moving deeper down into the colder waters, while the catfish are starting to become more active. Bass fishing is starting to slow down after a great season with more than several reports of whopper size bass. Water temperature remains in the low 60’s with about four feet of visibility. For all anglers planning on trolling, make sure to come out early in the morning as afternoon winds have been making it a little difficult to fish.  
All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays! 

With the warmer water temperature, the catfish bite is starting to heat up.  Catfish plants have been over by the marina, so the best spot to fish for them would be near the marina past the first dock, as that is the spawning zone for the fish.  Typically, the best bait to use is mackerel, anchovies or chicken liver. Mackerel has been the best bait for catfish this season. Catfish will bite during the day, but fishing early morning and near twilight would be the best. Make sure to come early and claim your spot!      

Reports of trout are slow, but are still being caught on a daily basis. Trolling shallow for trout is past its season, so trolling deeper is your best bet. Anglers trolling deeper are having a higher success coming back from Bass Cove going towards the Dam. Anglers fishing the shoreline are using Power Bait, and also having luck down by the dam. Until then, check out our Facebook page to keep updated on current fishing conditions.

Bass fishing has been steady with some bass anglers catching and releasing good numbers, with other anglers not doing so well. If you are fishing for bass, the early mornings and in the evenings, mostly on plastics, jigs, hula grubs and top water will be your best bet. If you do want to try your luck a couple good spots to fish for bass are near the island or in bass cove. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!

Monday — Thursday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am - 5:00pm
Boats are due in by 6:00pm
Friday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am - 6:00pm
Boats are due in by 7:00pm
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.


August Park Hours: 6:00am – 8:30pm
September Park Hours: 6:30am – 8:00pm

Featured Anglers:

8/3/15 – Kyle from San Leandro caught and released five bass, three over 3lbs! He was fishing in the back ponds on Senko lures.

John from Patterson regularly float tubes in the back ponds, catching and releasing 4-12 each time.

Regular member Bernie has been catching catfish in his lovely boat on the main lake, sometimes catching and releasing 10+.

Several other regular float tubers are still catching and releasing many bass in the back ponds on a daily basis.
We are still receiving regular catfish plants, although fishing has been a little slow.

Water levels are almost back to normal, making the lake absolutely beautiful!
All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.  
Current water temperature is approximately 70*.

Boat Rental Hours:  8am-6pm, Boats must be off the water by 5:30pm.
Our Concession is open daily from 11am-6pm, providing Great Food, Toys, Swim Accessories/Fishing licenses/and more!  

Please remember that the Arroyo Ponds 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.

All anglers are encouraged to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Shadow Cliffs Kiosk Staff.  Thank you, and Happy Fishing!


The fishing has been really good here at Don Castro these past two weeks. Many anglers are catching limits of catfish and most have been caught on anchovies with chicken liver.


No report.


Fishing has been slow. Small shark caught at Eckley. Fishing remains slow to moderate. 


The fishing is slow at Antioch/Oakley Shoreline with just small stripers and a few black bass.


Fishing has started to pick up, with several striped bass caught each day over the past week. Perch are also now in season. 


Anglers have taken jacksmelt and perch. 
Construction Notice:  Miller/Knox Construction Project starts the week of August 10, 2015. 
Ferry Point parking lot, restrooms, and drinking fountains are subject to closure from mid-August through the end of 2015.   A new plaza, restrooms, fish cleaning table, kayak wash, and improved parking lot will be installed. Street parking on Dornan Drive is available during the project. The fishing pier will remain open during construction. For more information, see


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

    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  
    08/10/15 --- ---
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    08/17/15 --- ---  750 ---
    08/24/15 --- --- 500 ---
    Lake Chabot  
    08/10/15 ---
    --- --- ---
    08/17/15 --- --- ---  ---
    08/24/15 ---
    --- 500 ---
    Shadow Cliffs  
    08/10/15 --- --- --- ---
    08/17/15 ---
    --- ---
    08/24/15 ---
    --- 750 ---
    Quarry Lakes  
    08/10/15 --- --- --- ---
    08/17/15 --- ---
    500 ---
    08/24/15 --- ---  --- ---
    Contra Loma  
    08/10/15 ---
    --- ---
    08/17/15 --- ---  500 ---
    07/14/15 ---
    --- ---
    Lake Temescal  
    08/10/15 --- ---
    --- ---
    08/17/15 ---
    ---  500 ---
    08/24/15 --- --- --- ---
    Don Castro  
    08/24/15  --- --- 250 ---
    --- ---
    --- --- ---
    --- ---  --- --- ---
    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