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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1034  | April 8, 2015

*** 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!

Fish Thrive in Christmas Tree Reefs

Our underwater camera caught some Gamefish Swimming around a submerged Christmas tree reef created by our fisheries management staff and volunteers.

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

General Activity


Captain Dan's Fishing report for Lake Del Valle 4-3-15

     It was a weird week for fishing here at Del Valle, with temperamental weather.  Winds have been blowing all week making it hard to slow down and fish in most areas.  Its during this windy early spring season when a trolling motor is worth its weight in gold, allowing you to remain stationary while you fish even in the wind.  Most anglers like me who don't use or own a trolling motor can attack this "wind issue" from another angle.  Drift fishing is a signature river style fishing for salmon and steelhead but, we use the wind to push us down rock walls and beaches as if we were in the river.  Instead of drifting bait we use jerkbaits, crankbaits, rattle traps, and any fast moving lure so you can fish ahead of your drift and cover much more water. 
     A few anglers were able to tuck out of the wind and land trout on Power Bait.  Other trout were caught trolling Panther Martins out in the bays.  We are seeing less and less trout as the water warms up.  On that note, striped bass are eating anchovies in the narrows and bays as well.  Pretty soon they will be chasing shad on the surface and those exciting morning boils will start happening.  My good friend Doctor Al Hurwitz came out fishing again and wrote me another fishing report for this lake.
      "On 3/26/15, Al Hurwitz of Saratoga and Abbey Lev of Sunnyvale trolled all day in all sections of the lake at all depths and with a wide variety of lures. No bites. There were very few fish seen on the fish finder. The water level was up presumably due to Delta water influx up by the dam. There was considerable algae in the lake. I suspect that the fish were either in very deep water and/or at the extreme backs of coves. I spoke with a number of trollers, and no one was having any luck. Better fishing is likely to be at the southern end away from the Delta water influx, where the water quality is better. Bait fishing with live or synthetic baits is likely to be more successful than trolling. Obviously, we need more rain! Hopefully, once the lake algae and salinity stabilizes, trollers will do better. We'll keep trying in the weeks ahead." -Dr. Al Hurwitz
     I wish all the best of luck to everybody and we will give you the 411 next week!  -Dan

Featured angles of the week:

Summer of San Jose got a 1.8 lb. trout on Power Bait from Hetch Hetchy.

Gary Wong of Fremont got a 9.32 lb. trout on Power Bait from East Beach.

Larry of Monte Sereno got a 12.8 lb. trout while trolling panther martins.

Keyur and Amir Desai of Dublin got a 2.2 lb. striper on anchovies in the narrows.


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

No report received.

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.
Currently our boat ramp and fishing pier are both open and the water level has come down a little.
The park entrance gate hours are 6am to 6pm.


Fishing at Temescal has been good. We had a plant last week, and our anglers have been pulling in some nice fish, not limits; but nice fish.


Park Hours:
For April is 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; all water craft must be of the lake by 6:00 p.m.

Reminder to boaters:  All watercraft (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.

Water District lowers Contra Loma reservoir:
The Contra Costa Water District is lowering the Contra Loma reservoir seven feet, beginning in March, in order for work crews to re-surface the swim lagoon as part of regular maintenance. As a result of the lower water level, we’ve temporarily closed the fishing dock near the West Shore Trail. We anticipate the re-surfacing project will be complete by the opening of swim season, April 25.

Fishing has picked up and is good.

-Trout are biting anywhere around the lake on a variety of Power Baits or nightcrawlers. Try the East Shore with mice tails or kastmaster orr try Channel Point area with nightcrawlers or power bait.
-Try fishing for Catfish on nightcrawlers, anchovies, or chicken liver anywhere around the lake.

- Black Bass have been biting with artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake.
- Try fishing for Crappie or Bluegill with jigs or worms at the Boat Ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area.

Whoppers Reported:
- Jerry Moreno caught a 9.12 lb. catfish on chicken liver at the boat ramp area.


Trout fishing is a little slow right now due to the lack of fish plants into Lake Chabot. Lake Chabot just starting getting weekly fish plants again, so fishing can potentially pick up a little this upcoming week. Anglers fishing the shoreline have been doing fairly well, several whoppers were pulled out this past week fishing over by Alder Point. Anglers trolling from the surface down to 6 feet have also been doing fairly well, but afternoon winds have been making boating a little difficult. Currently, water temperature is in the mid to high 50s with 2 feet visibility. The water level of the lake remains extremely low, with plenty of shoreline access for anglers due to a lack of rain this season.
When you bring in your big fish, we will take your picture and give you a “Lake Chabot Whopper Club” button. If you catch a whopper over 5 lbs. (trout), 8 lbs. (catfish) or 3 lbs. (bass) you will receive a whopper club pin. For beginning anglers, if you have any questions on what to use, please come down to the Marina and one of our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you get set up for your fishing adventure.

All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays!  Our schedule for the marina has changed, we are currently open every day of the week from 6:00 AM-6:00PM. Boat rentals will stop at 5:00PM and are due back in by 6:00PM.

Attention all boaters - food delivery is now offered to your boat! Call the marina and place an order of $25 or more and your food will be brought out directly to your boat! Credit/Debit only.

Catfishing continues to be very slow, but they are still out there and not many anglers are fishing for them right now. Water temperature will determine how active catfishing will be. This time of the year catfish are going to be located across from Raccoon point, behind the island, in coves by the dam and in bass cove. Anglers are using a variety of baits including mackerel, anchovies and chicken liver.

Trout fishing had a great start in the beginning of the year, but things are starting to slow down. Last week Mt. Lassen planted 800 lbs. of rainbow trout into Chabot over by Coots Landing so fishing should pick back up. With the expecting rain fall this upcoming week it should cool the lake temperature a little making trout fishing a little better. This past week we had two whoppers reported getting caught by Alder Point on PowerBait.

Bass fishing has started to pick up and many bass anglers are catching them each outing. If you are fishing for bass, the early mornings and in the evenings, mostly on plastics, jigs, hula grubs and top water will be your best bet. If you do want to try your luck a couple good spots to fish for bass are; near the island or the tulles by Raccoon Point. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!

Jim Wong caught two nice trout weighing in at 6.14 and 6.05 fishing near Coots Landing on 4-5-15.

Monday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am-5:00pm
Boats are due in by 6:00pm
Hours 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 Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination.


April Park Hours: 6:30am-8:00pm

Featured Anglers:

3/29/15 – Dave Cook from Pleasant Hill, lured in a 6.1lb. tout between the 2nd and 3rd dock.

3/31/15 – Eliana and Amaiya caught some nice trout on orange and green mice tails to the left of the boat launch.

Trout fishing has been slow the last couple of weeks although we’ve heard reports of several large trout being caught. No reports of bass biting in the main lake, however we’ve received reports of quite a few caught and released in the back ponds.

* The boat launch will be OPEN as of April 6. Water levels are still below normal, so launch at your own risk. If your vessel is light enough to be carried safely, launching from the shoreline is still permitted.

The Boat rentals and Concession will be opening soon. Please contact the park Kiosk for more information. In the meantime, please purchase your CA State Fishing License and any other fishing supplies prior to arriving at the park. All personal watercraft must be off the lake a half hour before park closing. Water temperature is approximately 60 degrees. Please practice catch and release for all Bass as they are not stocked in the lake and their population depends on you! Thank you!

Please remember that the back ponds in the Arroyo have different regulations than the main lake. They are as follows: EBRPD Daily Fishing Permit as well as a CA State Fishing License required; catch and release; barbless hooks; artificial lures (no live bait); float tubes only. No other vessels are permitted in the back ponds.

We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Kiosk staff.  Thank you so much!


No report.


Fishing poor to fair at Eckley Pier.  Only a few keeper striped bass being taken


Fishing has been very steady at Don Castro. The weekends are packed and many regulars and newcomers are catching fish. Weekdays are less busy but anglers are still casting off of the fishing dock, the dam, and the South bank near the fallen trees. Popular bait includes: Power Bait, worms, and chicken livers.


Fishing is still slow.


The fishing at Pt. Pinole has been hit or miss with a few stripers ranging in size from 19”-25” and one 34”. There have also been a couple sharks and sting rays.


Anglers have taken striped bass from the shoreline at Ferry Point.


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

    Fish Planting Information

    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  
    04/06/15 800 2500
    --- ---
    04/13/15 1000 2500 --- ---
    04/20/15 800 --- --- ---
    Lake Chabot  
    04/06/15 ---
    --- --- 1000
    04/13/15 ---
    --- --- ---
    04/20/15 1000
    --- --- ---
    Shadow Cliffs  
    04/06/15 800 --- --- ---
    04/13/15 800
    --- ---
    04/20/15 ---
    1000 --- ---
    Quarry Lakes  
    04/06/15 800 1000 --- ---
    04/13/15 800 ---
    --- ---
    04/20/15 --- 750 --- ---
    Contra Loma  
    04/06/15 800
    --- ---
    04/13/15 --- 500 --- ---
    04/20/15 800
    --- ---
    Lake Temescal  
    04/06/15 --- 650
    --- ---
    04/13/15 500
    500 --- ---
    04/20/15 --- --- --- ---
    Don Castro  
    04/20/15 500 --- --- ---
    --- ---
    --- --- ---
    --- --- --- --- ---
    Shinn Pond  
    --- --- --- --- ---
    Jordan Pond  
    --- --- --- --- ---

    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.

    New regulations require possession of a Sturgeon Fishing Report Card.
    Fish Size Limit Number per day


    No limit



    No limit


    Black bass

    12 inches minimum


    Striped bass

    18 inches minimum



    40-60 inches in forklength


    Crappie, Bluegill
    & Sunfish

    No limit

    25 in combination