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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1098 | October 6, 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  
10/02/17 1000
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10/09/17 1000
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Lake Chabot  
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10/09/17 750
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10/16/17 750

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Shadow Cliffs  
10/02/17 750
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10/09/17 1000
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Quarry Lakes  
10/02/17 1500
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10/16/17
750
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Contra Loma  
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10/16/17
750
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Lake Temescal
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10/16/17
500
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Don Castro  
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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 here at Lake Del Valle, average temperatures are in the mid-70s with peak temps in the low-80s. The surface temperature is still sitting at 70 degrees this week. The hot bite this week is still catfish with many anglers hooking up.  

CATFISH
Catfish are your best bet to catch fish right now. Most anglers are using either anchovies, chicken liver or nightcrawlers as bait. Most of the catfish have been caught in the lower and upper narrows. Make sure you find cover in the water (fallen trees, weed beds, rock walls)
TROUT 
No report.
BLACK BASS
Black Bass are a good target this time of year, most anglers like to use soft plastics (swim baits, robo worms, senkos, etc.) I would also recommend using either a crank bait or a top water lure (heddon spook, pencil poppers, etc.)  Look for fallen trees, rocky points and tule patches.
STRIPED BASS
Stripers have started warming up, I've had many anglers this weekend come back saying the saw a lot of striper boils but didn't have time to catch up and cast at them. If you happen to pull up on a boil I would recommend using either a top water lure (spooks, gunfish, pencil poppers, etc.) or about a 4-inch paddle tail swimbait. Most stripers have been seen in the upper narrows and out towards the dam.  

FEATURED ANGLERS

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Larry Yee of Daly City caught 3 catfish the largest weighed 13.5 LBS

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Bob Fahey of San Jose caught 2 catfish the stringer was 13 LBS

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday — Thursday
Boat rentals are from 6 am – 4:00 pm
Boats are due in by 5 pm
Friday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6 am – 5:00 pm
Boats are due in by 6 pm
Hours are 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
Lake Chabot is 93% FULL!  We are expecting a few nice days this upcoming week, temperatures are expected to be in low 80’s. Catfishing has remained fairly slow, while bass fishing is slowly getting better and better. Water temperature remains in the low 70’s and water clarity is about 6 feet. We are done with catfish plants for the season and are currently waiting for the water temperature to cool down before we start planting trout again. Please follow our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/lakechabot, for daily updates on fishing conditions. All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays, including Patio Boats!! 
CATFISH
No reports of catfish were reported getting caught this past week. Typically, catfishing should be pretty good this time of the year. When fishing for catfish, the best bait to use is either chicken liver or mackerel. Make sure to cut a 2” inch chunk of mackerel and put it on a size 1 or 2 hook and a 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 casting. Typical hotspot for catfishing is fishing near the Island and back by Raccoon Point.    
TROUT
Trout fishing is slow this time of the year.  We are waiting for water conditions to cool back down a little, before we start planting trout again.  
BASS
Bass fishing has picked up quite a bit. Many anglers are using plastic worms to catch bass. Senkos have been the most popular bait to use. Currently hotspots are over by the Island, Raccoon Point, and Alder Point. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!
FEATURED ANGLERS

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Sophia Huber of San Ramon caught and released this beautiful rainbow trout trolling back by the dam.

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; boaters can go through inspection and launch up until 5:00 pm and get banded until 6:00 pm.
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
Bass and Catfish seem to be what is biting these days.  And the bass are finally getting big enough to keep.  

FEATURED ANGLERS

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Kim Ravago caught a 3.5/4 lb largemouth in Rainbow using worms.

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Gary Stadler of Newark (below) caught a 7.5 lbs Catfish on Rapala while trolling the front end of Horseshoe.

Brook Van Muijen of Danville (and friend) caught 4 largemouth bass while boating Horseshoe Lake.  They were using spook topwater.

Peter Simpson of Fremont caught catfish three days in a row on chicken liver. His last catch was 6.5 lbs., caught off the left-hand side of the beach (as always, please stay 100 feet away from the swim area). 

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
Park Hours:
For September is 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 6:00 p.m.
For October is 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 5:00 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 and black bass. 
CATFISH
Catfish has been good at the boat ramp or Channel Point with anchovies, nightcrawlers or chicken livers. 
TROUT
Trout fishing has slowed down.  Nothing to report.
BASS
Black Bass have been biting with artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake or from boats.  Crank Baits have been working the best.
STRIPED BASS
Try fishing for Striped bass at the east side near the dam with artificial baits or lures.
OTHER SPECIES
Crappie or Bluegill has been biting with jigs or worms at the Boat Ramp area or Channel point.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION
Park hours: 6:00am-7:00pm
Concession: Closed for the season
Marina: Closed for the season
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 6:00pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather at Shadow Cliffs has been cool in the morning to warm in the afternoon with the temperatures in the high 50 to the low 80
Water Temperature: 65 degrees, depending on depth.
Water Clarity: Visibility seems to vary between 10-15 feet.
BASS
Gabreil Rezendez of Union City caught and released 8 bass float tubing in the arroyo. Jon Anderson of Tracy caught and released a 6lb bass and he was using senko’s and he was fishing the main lake.

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
The weather has been nice. Yes! The fish are biting and folks have been catching. 
CATFISH
Folks are fishing from the Pier and off the banks around the lake. They are using powerbait, worms, and liver 

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours 5AM- 10PM
Parking lot open 7:00AM-4:30PM

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Leopard sharks have been biting

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-5:00pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fishing has begun to improve. Depending on weather impact on water clarity, best fishing is at high tide
Pier retrofit is complete, with all new benches, windscreens and cleaning station.
STRIPED BASS
Striper action has been picking up, with more legal size catches as well as smaller fish.
OTHER SPECIES
Sharks, king fish and jack smelt have been caught, and a report of one halibut.

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 Antioch Pier had a brief run of keeper sized Striped Bass being caught with anchovy pieces. Fishing has been slow the last 4 days.

ECKLEY PIER

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fishing information can be found at: http://www.ebparks.org/activities/fishing
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.


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