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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1085 | March 24, 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  
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Lake Chabot  
03/20/17 750
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04/03/17 1000
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Shadow Cliffs  
03/20/17 750
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03/27/17 500
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04/03/17 750
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Quarry Lakes  
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03/27/17
750
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04/03/17
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Contra Loma  
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03/27/17
750
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04/03/17
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Lake Temescal
03/20/17 750
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03/27/17
500
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04/03/17
500
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Don Castro  
03/20/17
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03/27/17
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04/03/17
500
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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 until further notice 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.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
No report.
CATFISH
No catfish catches reported.
TROUT 
No trout catches reported.
BASS
No bass catches reported.
STRIPED BASS
No striper catches reported.
CATCHES REPORTED
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Chad McKinney hiked into the park and caught this amazing 22.5lb Catfish lakeside at Del Valle on 3/10/2017, using 10lb test and anchovies.

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Monday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am - 5:00pm
Boats are due in by 6:00 pm
Hours subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
The lake is FULL! The rain this past couple days has muddied up the lake quite a bit.  We are expecting a few nice days this upcoming week, hopefully water clarity will get better.  Our current water level is over 100%.  Overall fishing has been slow. Water temperature remains in the 50’s and water clarity is about less than 1 foot of visibility.
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.  When fishing for catfish, the best bait to use 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 casting. Typical hotspot for catfishing is fishing near the Island and back by Raccoon Point.    
TROUT 
Overall trout fishing has been slow.  Both Bait fishing and trolling has been slow due to the water clarity. Weather forecast for this upcoming week looks promising with a no rain.
BASS
Bass fishing had a slow week.  No bass catches were reported.  Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!
CATCHES REPORTED
No catches reported.

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Due to the volume of rain we had recently, the lake is now very muddy. Fishing has been a little slow.
CATFISH
No report.
TROUT
No report.
BASS
No report.
CATCHES REPORTED
No catches reported.

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.

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.
CATCHES REPORTED
No catches reported.

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
For March is 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 5 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
Water is between 56-59 degrees and very muddy. Fishing has been a little slow.
CATFISH
Catfishing has been good with anglers fishing from boats. They have been using artificial baits, nightcrawlers or chicken livers.
TROUT
Trout fishing has been very slow.
BASS
Black Bass have been biting with artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake or from boats.  
CRAPPIE/BLUEGILL/CARP
No crappie, bluegill or carp have been reported.

CATCHES REPORTED:
NO whoppers Reported

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours: 6:00am-7:00pm

Concession and Marina are closed for the season.
All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.

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 4:30pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fish plants have increased recently and so has the number of anglers at Shadow Cliffs. This is likely due to the increased number fish plants and the closure of Lake Del Valle.
Water Temperature: 52-58 degrees, depending on depth.
Water Clarity: Visibility seems to vary between 10-15 feet.
Water Level: Water levels are very high at Shadow Cliffs and portions of the path along the lake is under water. This is making it difficult to access the first dock without waders.
TROUT
The lake has been stocked with Mt Lassen Rainbow Trout every week, for the past five or six weeks. Over the past month or so, most reports are coming from the dock along Stanley Blvd. We’ve seen a few 5-7 pound Rainbow Trout coming from that side of the lake.
CATCHES REPORTED
No catches reported

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
There was a fish plant on March 17th of 750lbs. The weather has been warm and sunny. Most fish are being caught off the dock.
CATFISH
No catfish catches reported.
TROUT
The majority of the trout caught have been good size and weight. On average they are about a foot long, and anglers are having success using PowerBait with mouse tails off the dock and bank of the dam.
CATCHES REPORTED
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Lanai Kim, 8years old, caught a rainbow almost as big as her! She caught this 5lb. fish on PowerBait off the dock.
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Man vs. Fish 2.0: 3-13-17...Don Castro Lake... 3 rainbow trout. From left to right - 2.6 pounds, 4 pounds & 5.10 pounds.

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, with a few sunny days mixed in. Anglers have been trying for striped bass from the shoreline at Ferry Point. No catches have been reported.

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
Gates will be open until 5pm starting on March 4th.  Pier work has been completed, and windscreens and benches on the pier are all back in place.
Weather has been mostly rainy with occasional warm, sunny days in between. Fishing has been slower than usual due to rain, wind, and muddy waters.
STRIPED BASS
No catches reported.
STURGEON
No catches reported, but the muddy water that we currently have tend to be preferable while sturgeon fishing.
OTHER SPECIES
Sharks and Bat Rays have been rarely caught the last month or two, but they are around. Try Squid on a bottom sliding rig, 2-5 oz weight should hold bottom.

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 pier in Antioch had another busy week. Anglers are reporting 2-3 keeper sized Striped Bass being caught each day on frozen sardines and anchovies.
No reports from the Big Break Pier or kayakers.

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