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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1095 | August 11, 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 are
REQUIRED at Shadow Cliffs .

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  
08/07/17 ---
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08/14/17 ---
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750
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08/21/17 ---
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Lake Chabot  
08/07/17 ---
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08/14/17 ---
--- 750
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08/21/17 ---

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Shadow Cliffs  
08/07/17 ---
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750
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08/14/17 ---
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08/21/17 ---
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Quarry Lakes  
08/07/17 ---
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750
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08/14/17
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08/21/17
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Contra Loma  
08/07/17 ---
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500
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08/14/17
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08/21/17
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Lake Temescal
08/07/17 ---
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08/14/17
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500
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08/21/17
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Don Castro  
08/07/17
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08/14/17
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--- 500
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08/21/17
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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 mono-filament 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
6am – 9pm; all watercrafts must be off the lake by 8pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather this week has been beautiful with temperatures in the mid-80s to low-90s with a light breeze to cool it off a little bit.  Surface temp has dropped down to 79 degrees. The hot bite this week has been striper with many anglers coming back with limits.  

Our good friends Doc Al and Abby Lev came out this week and here is their report:
John Foster of Saratoga, Al Hurwitz of Saratoga, and Abbey Lev of Sunnyvale trolled the lake on 08/03/17. We used 1/4 oz. Panther Martin Spinners in silver (chrome) and gold blade patterns, trolling 5-15 feet below the surface. We hooked up with 20-30 Smallmouth Bass (our target fish in the summer), most of them small in size, but with a couple of decent ones thrown in. Scent on the spinners seemed to help. The majority of the fish were caught along the eastern shoreline between Swallow and Heron Bays just north of Swallow Rock. The fish were mostly in a 20-25 foot water column and were locked in a thermocline 10-15 feet below the surface. We were trolling at a speed of 2.0-2.4 mph. All the fish were released. Other methods used to catch "Smallies" include drop-shoting with plastic worms and casting spinners and plugs against or parallel to the shoreline. It's a lot of fun to go after this great fish and practice catch and release to protect the resource.
All the best, Dr. Al Hurwitz

CATFISH
Catfish have been doing really well lately, we’ve been seeing at least one 10 plus pound cat each week for the last few so far.  Most anglers are using anchovies, mackerel or night crawlers.  I would recommend fishing in the lower and upper narrows around cover (fallen trees, weed beds, etc.)

TROUT  
No report.

BLACK BASS
Black Bass have been doing really well lately, most anglers are catching them off of either Senkos or paddle tail swim jigs.  I have had anglers tell me they have been hitting top water early in the morning and also spinners throughout the day.  

STRIPED BASS
Striper have been the easiest to catch this week, most anglers are using either anchovies, chicken liver or sardines. The dam has been a really good spot for stripers lately, I would recommend fishing in 15-20 ft of water at the most. I would also recommend fishing in Swallow Bay.  A few anglers have mentioned that they have caught one or two early morning striper on top water.

FEATURED ANGLERS

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Kenny Khu of Livermore caught 2 striper each weighed 5 LBS

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Travis Walker of Redwood City caught 1 striper she weighed 17 LBS

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Steven Robles of San Jose caught 1 striper that weighed 2 LBS

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Blake Tonelli and Guliana Tonelli caught one striper that weighed 3 LBS and one catfish that weighed 12 LBS

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
No Report.

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
No Report.

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
No Report. 

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
For August-Labor Day is 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 for catfish at the boat ramp or Loma Island.  

CATFISH
Catfish has been good at the boat ramp or Loma Island with anchovies, night crawlers or chicken livers.  Also still good for anglers fishing from boats

TROUT
Trout fishing has slowed down.  Nothing to report.

BASS
Black Bass have been biting with artificial baits/lures or night crawlers anywhere around the lake or from boats. 

STRIPED BASS
Striped bass was reported caught with crank bait from a boat.

OTHER SPECIES
Crappie or Bluegill has been biting with jigs or worms at the Boat Ramp area or Channel point.

CATCHES REPORTED
Whoppers Reported –
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Gabriel Garcia caught a 10.6 lb. Catfish with night crawlers from a boat.

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Gino caught a 13.12 lb. Striper with crank bait from a boat.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park hours: 6:00am-9:00pm
Concession Hours: 11:00am -6:00pm
Marina Hours: 8:00am-- 5:00pm       

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 7:30pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather at Shadow Cliffs has been warm with the temperatures in the low-60s to the low-90s
Water Temperature: 75 degrees, depending on depth.
Water Clarity: Visibility seems to vary between 10-15 feet.

TROUT
No Report

BASS
G. Rezendez of Union City caught and released 8 bass float tubing in the Arroyo and he was using Senkos. A fisherman reported he caught and released 6 bass fishing down by the panhandle.

CATFISH
Boaters are catching limits of catfish and they are using livers.

We encourage all anglers to please stop by our kiosk on the way out to report catches, stories, comments, and/or concerns. :)
All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.
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REGULATIONS FOR THE ARROYO PONDS
* EBRPD Daily Fishing Permit , CA State Fishing License
Catch and Release, Barbless Hooks, Artificial lures, Float tubes only.

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD) 

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
8am – 8pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
No Report.

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Foggy mornings, clearing to sunny and warm
Lots of Perch being caught.

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Pier retrofit is complete, with all new benches, windscreens and cleaning station.
Fishing has been improving, depending on weather impact on water clarity, best fishing is at high tide.
STRIPED BASS
Striper action has been slow with only a few legal size catches.
OTHER SPECIES
A few sharks, bat rays and jack smelt have been caught, also some king fish, though reports of worms in them.
CATCHES REPORTED
One 32 inch halibut caught in the last week.

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.


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