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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1061  | April 22, 2016

*** 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.
This bald eagle got entangled with a fishing leader at Contra Loma. PLEASE pick-up after yourselves, leave no hooks, lines or any other garbage behind. This is not the first time this has happened. I have seen a blue heron, great egret and geese all with fishing line caught on them. Hopefully this eagle will not get the line wrapped around something and die!”  -- Richard Evans Follow up, the eagle is fine and the fishing line is now gone. Lucky this time! 
eagle with fishing line

Please use the special fishing line disposal tubes at Del Valle, Lake Chabot and Shadow Cliffs.  
Recycling your broken fishing monofilament helps protect wildlife. 

Learn about the Leave No Trace Principles for Outdoor Ethics

Fish Planting Information

Note:
  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  
04/18/16 --- --- --- ---
04/25/16 --- --- --- ---
05/02/16 1000 --- --- ---
Lake Chabot  
04/18/16 --- --- --- ---
04/25/16 1000 --- --- ---
05/02/16 --- --- --- ---
Shadow Cliffs  
04/18/16 750 --- --- ---
04/25/16 --- --- --- ---
05/02/16 1000 --- --- ---
Quarry Lakes  
04/18/16 1000 --- --- ---
04/25/16 750
--- --- ---
05/02/16 --- --- --- ---
Contra Loma  
04/18/16 --- --- --- ---
04/25/16 750
--- --- ---
05/02/16 --- 500 --- ---
Lake Temescal
04/18/16 500
--- --- ---
04/25/16 --- --- --- ---
05/02/16 500 --- --- ---
Don Castro  
04/18/16 500 --- --- ---
04/25/16 --- --- --- ---
05/02/16 --- --- --- ---
Shinn Pond  
--- --- --- --- ---
Jordan Pond
--- --- --- ---  

General Activity

DEL VALLE (LIVERMORE)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; all watercraft must be off the lake by 5:00 p.m.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
We have had great weather this week, with temperatures in the high 80s, and calm wind blowing at 5mph.

TROUT
Trout has been a hot bite recently and are still sitting in shallow waters. Most anglers are catching them on either garlic or colored Power Bait or nightcrawlers. Staff would also recommend using small spinners or smaller jerk baits, Lucky Craft, or yo zuri. Anglers have been catching trout from the south end all the way to the dam, as well as on shallow sandy beaches.

BASS
Striped bass fishing has been hot this week. Most of the striped bass we have seen are shakers, but anglers are catching to about 8 lbs. You just need to work a little harder for the bigger ones. The best spot to catch bass are out towards the dam on either anchovies or sardines. You may also try using Jerk Baits, like Lucky Craft or jigs.

Black bass are still hitting in the shallows. To catch bass, look for cover, fallen trees, weed beds and tulle patches. Best bet to catch these guys would wacky rigged Senkos, plastic crawdads on a jig head or a shallow running crank baits.

The bass are in their spawning season, so we ask all anglers to please carefully release all bass as she may be pregnant. Remember taking one pregnant fish out of the lake could possibly mean taking up to a thousand fish out of the lake. Staff and public alike want to preserve this popular sportfish for generations to come.

Angler Dr. Al Hurwitz of Saratoga and Abbey Lev of Sunnyvale trolled the lake long and hard, with no fish to show for it. One very good strike in the Narrows trolling a feathered Panther Martin some 30 feet below the surface in the early afternoon. That fish did not stay pinned. The lake level is up, but there remains some of the algae. The algae problem combined with some stiff winds and changing weather conditions made trolling extremely difficult. The fish were 20-30 feet below the surface. Water temperature on top was 65-67 degrees. We used jointed Rapalas, Rooster Tails, Panther Martins, Kastmasters, and speedy Shiners. In spite of "throwing everything at 'em", no fish in the boat. Once the algae settles and the weather stabilizes, the fishing should be very good, particularly for striped bass, smallmouth bass, and largemouth bass. We are not giving up on trolling for trout, however, and hope for some mid and late spring bites.

CATFISH
Catfish are still being very elusive with no reports of any anglers hooking into them.

Whoppers:

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Kenny Khu, of Livermore. He caught a whopper catfish, the largest weighing 11.4 lbs. on anchovies. He was fishing near the dam and his stringer weighed 23.7 lbs.

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Jayden & James Benke, from Brentwood. They caught both Striped bass and trout on anchovies. They were fishing in the narrows.

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Jason Ziganti, of Boulder Creek. He caught three trout, the largest weighing 2.14 lbs. on Power Bait. He was fishing the west beach.

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Tom Camps & Steve Thomas of San Jose. These two caught four striped bass, the largest weighing 7.2 lbs on anchovies while fishing in the narrows. Their stringer weighed 16.5 lbs.

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Chad Hurlbut, of Boulder Creek. He caught five trout, the largest weighing 2.5 lbs., on garlic Power Bait. He was fishing from the each beach and his stringer weighed 9 lbs.

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Jason Ziganti, of Boulder Creek. He caught five trout, the largest weighing 5 lbs., on garlic Power Bait. He was fishing from the east beach, and his stringer total weight was 14.8 lbs.

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Eric Gonzales, of San Jose. He caught one trout, weighing in at 7.12 lbs., on orange Power Bait. He was fishing in Swallow Bay.

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Cheyenne Searvers, of Boulder Creek. She caught two trout, the largest weighing 3.10 lbs., and the second weighing 2.15 lbs., on Power Bait and mouse tails. She and her family were fishing off of the west beach.

HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

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

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Gates open from 6am - 6:00pm

There was positive tests for blue-green algae in and around the swimming area. The swim area is currently closed and 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 and the water is on the rise.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been generally mild, ranging from mid-60s to the low 70s. The wind is starting to pick up with 8mps breezes.

No catches reported.

Notes:
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.

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 5:00 p.m.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Temperature has been in the high 50s and 60s, with winds blowing up to 16 mph.

CATFISH
No catfish catches reported.

TROUT
Most anglers have been catchig trout using plastic lures.

BASS
Bass are the hot biters right now at Lake Temescal. Anglers have been using plastic lures and Power Bait. Remember to release your bass back into the lake to keep the population up.

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
April: 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 6:00 p.m.
May: 6am -- 8:30pm; all water craft must be off the lake by 6:30 pm.

Reminder to boaters:  All watercraft (including float tubes) need to have one wearable Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (PFD) per person.  Children age 12 and under must wear PFD while the vessel is underway.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been warm lately, with temperatures reaching the mid-70s but getting down to the high-40s at night. There is wind 8mph, and the sky is relatively clear.

BASS
Black bass fishing has been good, biting with artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake.  Nice size bass have been reported being caught along the north side of the lake.

TROUT
Trout are biting at the boat ramp in the coves, Channel Point or from a boat with nightcrawlers.

CATFISH
Try fishing for catfish at Channel Point, Loma Island or from a boat with nightcrawlers or chicken liver.

CRAPPIE/BLUEGILL
Try fishing for crappie or bluegill with jigs or worms at the boat ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area.

No Whoppers reported.

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Boat rentals are from 6:00am - 5:30pm
Boats are due in by 5 pm
Hours subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels. 

GENERAL CONDITIONS

The weather has been sunny and clear, with temperatures ranging from the 50s all the way up to the 70s. There has been very little wind, and high humidity.  
All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays! 

No catches reported.

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.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
April: 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
May: 6 a.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Concession Weekend Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been beautiful with temperatures ranging from high 50s to high 60s, with winds blowing at 12mph. The humidity is up to 40%, so it will feel warming that the thermometer reads. The water temperature reads at 57’.

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
Catfish are being caught on chicken livers over by the boat marina and in the shallows.

TROUT
Lots of trout being caught lately, even up to 12lbs.! Anglers are having success on rapalas, garlic Power Bait, senkos, and Power Eggs.

BASS
Bass are biting on swimbaits, but remember to release your bass back into the lake to keep the population up.

CRAPPIE/BLUEGILL
No crappies reported.

Whoppers:

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Darrell Debo, of Livermore, caught a 12.2lb trout on split back rapalas. He was fishing using a floating tube in the main lake.

Rick Cortez caught five trout on green Power Bait. He was fishing left of the boat dock.

Mario Gutierrez caught three trout, the largest weighing three lbs., on garlic Power Bait. Mario was fishing right off the 1st dock.

Grant Olguin caught and released a large bass, weighing in at 12 lbs., on swimbaits. He caught and released the fish to help us sustain the population of bass. He was fishing off of his boat in the lake.

John Patterson caught and released eleven bass while float tubing in the arroyo pond. He caught the bass on senkos.

Lloyd Price caught and released a 12lb. bass on senkos. Lloyd was fishing off the 2nd dock.

Jeorge Licea, of San Jose, caught two trout, the largest weighing 4lbs., on white Power Eggs. rge was fishing off the 2nd dock and he was using white power eggs for bait.

All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.

We encourage all anglers to please stop by our kiosk on the way out to report catches, stories, comments, and/or concerns.

REGULATIONS FOR THE ARROYO PONDS
EBRPD Daily Fishing Permit
CA State Fishing License
Catch and release
Barbless hooks
Artificial lures
Float tubes

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD) 

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
April: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 5:00 p.m.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been sunny and bright. A bright colored fishing lure is recommended this week at Don Castro as the rains are causing extra murky water conditions of the San Lorenzo Creek.

JORDAN POND (GARIN PARK, HAYWARD) 

No report.

ECKLEY PIER

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 5:00 p.m.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather is perfect conditions for fishing right now, with temperatures ranging from the low 70s to the high 80s. Come on out and say hello! No whoppers reported.

ANTIOCH/OAKLEY PIER

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 5:00 p.m.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather is getting hot already, with temperatures reaching the low-90s, but mostly staying in the 70s and 80s. Expect low wind and lots of sun. No whoppers reported.

PT. PINOLE PIER (RICHMOND)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 5:00 p.m.

San Pablo Bay open 24 hours for fishing.
Shuttle operates 7:30am - 3pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Weather is perfect right now, ranging from mid-60s to the low 80s. Fishing has picked up for striped bass, with fish measuring up to 37 inches caught off the pier. A few halibut have been caught as well.

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
March/April: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 5:00 p.m.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather is warming up, getting up to the low 80s. There is very little wind. Perfect fishing weather! Jacksmelt fishing has been good.


NEW STURGEON REGULATIONS:  Sturgeon must be between 40 and 60 inches, (fork length) to keep.
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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 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.

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