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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1080 | January 13, 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  
01/09/17 ---
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01/16/17 750
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01/23/17 1000
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Lake Chabot  
01/09/17 ---
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01/16/17 1000
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01/23/17 ---
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Shadow Cliffs  
01/09/17 1000
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01/16/17 750
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01/23/17 750
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Quarry Lakes  
01/09/17 750
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01/16/17
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01/23/17
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1000
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Contra Loma  
01/09/17 750
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01/16/17
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01/23/17
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1000
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Lake Temescal
01/09/17 ---
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01/16/17
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1000
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01/23/17
750
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Don Castro  
01/09/17
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01/16/17
500
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01/23/17
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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 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.

NOTICE: As of January 11, the main park will be closed for at least the next 24 hours due to flood related issues. Visitors may still park in the arroyo area and outside on mines road if they want to walk in. There are no facilities open; visitors entering the park do so at their own risk. The campground and reservations will be closed for the next 7 days due to power issues.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
Water level has risen significantly. Mt Lassen planted 750 pounds the first week of January. The rainy weather has kept things slow here, but shore anglers are killing the planted trout. All other species are hard to find and catch right now.

There is toxic blue-green algae in the lake currently; do not let your pets, especially dogs drink or swim in the water! Skin in contact with blue green algae should be rinsed with tap water. Fish may be consumed after removing guts and liver, and rinsing fillets in tap water. On the brighter side, the New Year is here so come up and see us and get your NEW 2017 fishing license, and don’t forget about the second rod stamp!

CATFISH
No catfish catches reported.
TROUT  
PowerBait from shore has been the ticket for trout as well as Kastmasters and worms. All PowerBait products work great for trout, from the original power dough down to the eggs, worms and mice tails.  Scent will also become a huge factor as the lake turns muddy from the rain.  Pro-cure, Mike's Lunker Lotion and Smelly jelly are great brands to stalk up on.
BASS
No bass catches reported.
STRIPED BASS
No striper catches reported.

CATCHES REPORTED

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Josue and Chris of Montain View caught 2 trout on PowerBait from the East Beach.

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Baun Jordan of Danville caught a 2.5lb. trout on PowerBait from the East Beach.

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Alisa of Santa Clara caught a 3.7lb. trout on PowerBait from the East Beach.

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Sean Turner hooked this 5lb., 23inch rainbow on 1/3/16 on the East Beach.

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Kaden caught a 5lb. trout on a Kastmaster from Shore.

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Rick Koscielniak of San Jose caught a limit of trout on jigs from the East Beach.

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Sean Turner with his prize 5lb. rainbow caught on PowerBait. His persistence in the wind and rain paid off on East Beach.

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Sargon of MIlpitas caught a 5.9lb. trout on worms in the south end.

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Cesar of Santa Clara caught a 8.9lb. trout on PowerBait in the Narrows from shore.

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Travis of Sunnyvalle caught a 3lb. cat on worms by the dam.

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Monday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 7:00am - 3:30pm
Boats are due in by 4:30 pm
Hours subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
Lake Chabot is filling back up!  The rain this past couple of days has muddied up the lake quite a bit. With a few nice days, it should clear right back up.  Our current water level is at 82% and rising.  We are expecting rain in the upcoming weeks, so make sure to call ahead if you are planning on renting on launching a boat.  Overall, fishing has been doing fairly well.  Several limits were reportedly caught before the rain and hopefully the trout will keep biting.  Across from Raccoon Point has been a hotspot for trout these last couple weeks, so make sure to come early to claim your spot.  Our most recent trout plant was the first week of January, and Mt. Lassen planted 750 lbs. of trout near the marina. Video of the trout plant is available on our Facebook page. Water temperature remains in the 50’s and water clarity is about 1 feet visibility.
All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays, including Patio Boats!!  
CATFISH
Catfishing slowed down quite a bit. No reports of catfish were reported getting caught this past week.  When fishing for catfish, the best bait to use when fishing for catfish 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 fishing.
TROUT  
Trout fishing is starting to heat up.  More and more limits are reported getting caught.  Due the limited shoreline access, the East Shore trail has been the hot spot for trout.  Indian cove has slowed down a little, while Raccoon Point trout action is picking up.  Successful anglers are using PowerBait and mice tails to lure them in. When setting up make sure to use a sliding sinker set up with a ½ oz weight and at least an 18” leader line. Trolling has also started to pick up too, Anglers are using gold Kastmasters and small Rapalas when trolling on a boat.
BASS
Bass fishing has been very slow.  A couple reports of bass were caught but nothing big was reported.  Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!
We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Marina. Please email us at swong@calparksco.com. Please follow our Facebook page to keep updated on fishing conditions. Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination.
WHOPPERS REPORTED
No whoppers reported.

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
5am – 10pm, unless otherwise posted.  
GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been rainy and very cold. Many anglers have reported that the trout and catfish have been biting.
CATFISH
Several catfish catches have been reported around the Stream end of the lake, as well as the Big Rock picnic areas. The cats have ranged between 16 to 24”. Anglers have been catching them using chicken liver.
TROUT
Anglers have been pulling out 1-3 trout daily. Trout have been caught using spinner baits (lure) and pink power bait, chartreuse power bait.
BASS
No bass catches reported.
CATCHES REPORTED
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Malik and his limit of catfish on January 4th.
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HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
7:00am -- 5:00pm; all watercraft must arrive before 3pm to be inspected, and trailered boats must be at the kiosk by 4:00pm to be banded.

There have been on and off positive tests for blue-green algae in and around the swimming area. Park visitors should be watchful of their dogs, taking care that they stay on leash the entire time they are in the park and 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

The lake level is still on the rise and a lot of fish are being put in the lake!  The hot spots lately have been Fishermen’s Row and the Peninsula Point!  We do not sell State fishing licenses at Quarry Lakes, so please be sure to have your 2017 license before you arrive! Thank you!
CATFISH
A few catfish are still being caught.
TROUT
Over 1,500 pounds of trout from Mt. Lassen have been stocked in the lake within the first 2 weeks of January.
BASS
Bass bite has been fairly slow. Not too many anglers have reported catches.
CATCHES REPORTED

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Hun Kim hooked this nice 3.96lb., 22inch long trout on Fisherman’s row

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George Halaby caught a 4-pound, 11-ounce trout and a one-pound, 14-ounce trout on December 30, 2016.  He was using power bait and was fishing along Fishermen’s Row.  

It is reported that on December 31, 2016, Jose Carrillo of San Jose caught his limit of trout ranging in weights up to six pounds each!  He was using micetails and was fishing from the Peninsula Point.  

On December 31, 2016, Jack Antrim of Hayward caught and released three trout using a rainbow runner.  Jack was fishing from his boat in the front half of Horseshoe Lake.  Jack was back on January 01, 2017 and caught and released three more trout using a rainbow runner.  He caught two in the front of one from the back of Horseshoe Lake in his boat.  

On January 03, 2017, Nick Phothisane of Hayward was very excited to report that he caught his limit of trout in 45 minutes!!!  Nick was using a white/orange micetail on one rod and a yellow/orange micetail on another!  Each trout weighed between three and four pounds.  Nick was fishing from the Peninsula Point.  He caught another limit on January 04, 2017, but this time it took him a couple of hours.  

On January 04, 2017, Jack Antrim of Hayward and his boat were back and he caught and released four more trout using a rainbow runner.  This time he caught them in the back of Horseshoe Lake.  

On January 06, 2017, Troy Acobo of San Jose caught a four-pound, six-ounce rainbow trout using power bait along Fishermen’s Row.  

Rafael Quiroga of Hayward caught a two-pound trout using brown power bait!  He was fishing along Fishermen’s Row.  

On January 06, 2017, Ron Albarillo of Fremont caught a five-pound trout using rainbow power bait with glitter!!!  Ron was fishing to the left of the beach.

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
January: 7:00 am – 5:30 pm; all water craft must be of the lake by 3:30 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
The water temperature is between 50-55 degrees, and very muddy. Fishing has been good!
CATFISH
Catfish has slowed down.  Try fishing at Channel Point or from a boat with chicken liver.
TROUT
Trout fishing is good. Anglers are catching them with PowerBaits at the Boat Ramp or Channel Point.
BASS
Black Bass have been biting with artificial baits or lures anywhere around the lake.
CRAPPIE/BLUEGILL/CARP
No crappie, bluegill or carp have been reported.

CATCHES REPORTED:
Cody Bybee caught a 6.12 lb. Trout with PowerBait at Channel Point Dock.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
January & February Park Hours: 7:00am-5:00pm

Concession and Marina are closed for the season.

All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been overcast and cold the last few days with many rainy days and foggy days. Air temperatures have ranged from the high 20’s to the high 50’s. The water temperature is about 58 degrees. The water clarity has been very good.

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 best bait to use has been nightcrawlers, mackerel, chicken livers, anchovies and sardines.
TROUT
Boaters are catching limits early in the morning. Limits are also being caught on the 1st and 2nd docks.
BASS
Bass are biting on senko’s and plastic worms, but remember to release your bass back into the lake to keep the population up.

CATCHES REPORTED
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Jaydog of Fishing with Jaydog, caught a 6lb. and a 3lb. rainbow on January 5 using PowerBait.

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Lania Kim, age 8 caught an 2.19lb., 18 inches trout on Pumpkin green dough bait at the first dock.

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Jaydog of Fishing With Jaydog with a 4.80 lb. rainbow trout caught at Shadow Cliffs on January 2 using PowerBait with pro-cure scent gel.

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Leilani Kim, age 13 caught a 4.45lbs 24 inch Rainbow on Pumpkin green dough bait at the first Dock.

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Rohini Lal of San Mateo caught a 7.5lb trout using minnow lures.

On 12/19/16 M. Hayes of Brentwood caught 1 trout fishing from his kayak.

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 rainy, and cool this last week. Cold in the mornings and shaded areas with a light cold breeze by afternoon. The heavy rains have raised the level of the lake, and the rising waters started to overtake the favorite fishing spots. There was a plant of 750 lbs the last week of December, and anglers have been catching their fill.
CATFISH
Folks have been trying for catfish using power bait and liver. No one has reported any luck this week. The pier and the dam are the go to favorite spots.
TROUT
Anglers have been using PowerBait to attract trout with some luck. The spots to be are along the Dam’s edge or any lakeside edge close to Dam.
WHOPPERS:
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Sumit Jacob caught this impressive 14.5lbs. trout off of the dock back in May 2016.

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 very stormy and rainy. The herring run is on at Miller/Knox!  The pier is typically crowded by 8:00am with 30 to 40 anglers using nets to bring in their catches.  Get there early!

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 5:00am-10:00pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Water has been very muddy with the King Tides we are having this week.  Fishing has been slow, with the rain keeping most fisherman home the last couple weeks. Hopefully the dry weather will bring out the fisherman next week, and fish!
STRIPED BASS
No catches reported in the last week. Very few fisherman on the pier. Your best bet would be at the end of the pier soaking anchovies, pile worms, or live lining jack smelt, if you can catch them.
OTHER SPECIES
Very few sharks and bat rays have been reported being caught, but they are always in the area.

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 weather has been either cold or rainy the past two weeks. Despite that, it was reported that the size of the striped bass has been picking up, and two keepers were caught on the pier last week. We have not run into anyone fishing from a kayak 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

Fishing has been slow, with a few undersized striped bass being caught at Eckley Pier. The water condition is ideal for sturgeons, but only a few undersized have been caught and released at both Eckley and Martinez. The rain was a deterrent to many fishermen; only those willing to brave the extreme weather set up tents and parkas but also came up empty handed.

On a side note, a lot more newcomers are setting up crab traps at Eckley Pier. Please be aware that catching Dungeness crab at Eckley Pier is prohibited. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife can and will cite fishermen that are targeting Dungeness crab: 29.85. CRABS. (a) Dungeness crabs (Cancer magister): (1) Closure: Dungeness crab may not be taken from or possessed if taken from San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay, plus all their tidal bays, sloughs and estuaries between the Golden Gate Bridge and Carquinez Bridge.


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