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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1072 | September 23, 2016

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  
09/19/16 1000
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09/26/16 1000
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10/03/16 1000
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Lake Chabot  
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Shadow Cliffs  
09/19/16 1000
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09/26/16 1000
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10/03/16 750
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Quarry Lakes  
09/19/16 1000
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09/26/16 750
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10/03/16 1250
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Contra Loma  
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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 monofilament helps protect wildlife.
  5. All park hours are 6am to 7 pm 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.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Hot with lots of sunshine over the weekend and through the beginning of the week.  Temperatures reaching over 100 degrees with no wind to cool it off.  Warm and still mornings provided great striper action on topwater.  Water temperature is still 70 but we are expecting a significant drop as we continue into the fall season.
CATFISH
Catfish are still eating bait like Anchovies, Sardines, and Mackerel.  Livers are a traditional bait for whiskerfish but Stripers like to eat chicken livers just as much.  I like to use pro-cure anytime I'm throwing bait.  That oil slick can really turn a bunk day into a limit of cats quickly. It is all about finding what flavor they want. They can be found in and around trees and weed patches.  The south end looks very promising as the water level is still nearly full.
TROUT 
Trout fishing is very slow because of the warm water. To target Trout you need to be in deeper water, and your best bet is by the Dam. They are in twenty to thirty feet of water. Power Bait or Night Crawlers work well.
BASS
Large and Smallmouth bass are eating flukes and swim jigs along with chatter baits and top water.  Smallmouth have been feeding with the stripes mixed in the boils.
STRIPED BASS
Striped Bass are on fire feeding on the surface wolfing down shad by the dozens. Topwater lures old and new work just fine.  Some of us still have grandads tackle box from way back when but, some of those lures will still work. Antique lures such as jitterbugs, devil horses, spooks and poppers are great, just make sure they have up to date hooks such as Gamakatsu or mustad.  New age lures like Whopper Ploppers, Rovers and Spro BBZ shad are a must have in the arsenal. Just work the topwater slow with erratic movements.  Jerkbaits are starting to bang fish as well. Personally I like to fish with luckycraft pointers of all sizes and colors for stripes or large and small mouth bass.
 
CATCHES REPORTED

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Freddy of East Palo Alto caught a 7.3 lb cat on anchovies in a tree.

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Nando of East Palo Alto caught a 8.15 lb cat on anchovies in a tree.

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Monday — Thursday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am - 4:00pm
Boats are due in by 5 pm
Friday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am - 5:00pm
Boats are due in by 6 pm
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 swong@calparksco.com. Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Whopper size catfish are coming out of hiding!!!!!! Did you know that this year is our 50th year anniversary since Lake Chabot has been open to the public? Help support the East Bay Regional Parks Foundations by participating in our monthly derby. September’s derby is for Carp and goes from the September 1st thru September 30th. You must purchase a $5.00 ticket before you start fishing to become eligible for the derby. Tickets are available at the Lake Chabot Marina and are valid for the whole month. Prizes will be awarded to the top three fish and most total weight! The first place prize is a 4 hour Patio Boat rental with 4 lunches cooked by our chef BettyAnn! Second place gets a trolling motor and third place gets an all day Duro Boat rental at Los Vaqueros. We have also tagged about 100 catfish.  Derby participants will receive a prize if they catch a tagged catfish. Water level is about 81% full.
Water temperature remains in the mid 60’s and water clarity is about 4 feet visibility.  The visibility of the water should clear up in the next couple of days depending on the weather.
There is still plenty of time to hit your limit and possibly catch the first place fish!
All of our boats are half off Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays! 
CATFISH
Catfishing is starting to heat up, several whopper size catfish were pulled out this past week including a 10, 15 & 16 lb. catfish over by Raccoon Point.  A limit was also pulled up from anglers fishing over by Honker Bay.  A great shore spot for catfishing at night is either Raccoon Point or the first dock on the West shore trail.  Make sure to show up a little early, the first dock fill up pretty fast at night.  During the day the Dam and Bass Cove has been a great spot to catch catfish.  Anglers have been using mackerel, chicken liver, anchovies and nightcrawlers to catch catfish!  We only have a few more catfish plants left until we start planting trout again. 
TROUT  
Trout fishing has been slow for the last couple weeks.  Our last trout plant was back in late May.  The trout are going to be in deep water so when trolling for trout make sure to play around with some weights about a foot from the lure or try drifting back by the Dam.
BASS
With the warm weather we are expecting this upcoming week, bass fishing should be great. Bass fishing already has been steady for the last several weeks with some bass anglers catching and releasing good numbers. If you do want to try your luck a couple good spots to fish for bass are near the island or in Bass Cove using a drop shot rig, or weightless wacky senko. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!
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 swong@calparksco.com. Please follow our facebook page to keep updated on fishing conditions. Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination.
CATCHES REPORTED
No catches reported.

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been cold in the mornings and warm to hot in the afternoon.
CATFISH
Anglers have started reporting catches of catfish 4 to 5 lbs. The hot spot for catfish has been the North dock. Most catfish have been caught using miscellaneous lures: rooster tails, swim baits, jigs. Anglers have also been using power bait “chartreuse” and wild blood catfish nuggets. Glitter and garlic power bait and shrimp as well.
TROUT
No trout catches reported.
BASS
Anglers and staff have reported seeing an extra-large bass swimming south of the north dock along the lower east shore trail. Nobody has reported catching that individual bass yet.
CATCHES REPORTED
One angler reportedly caught some large bluegill (5-6” long) at the middle dock using light tackle and red worms.

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Fred caught these 2 catfish on his secret catfish dip recipe while fishing the North dock.

HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
6:00am -- 8:00pm; all water craft must be off the lake by 6:30 pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
No report.
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. Currently our boat ramp and fishing pier are both open.
CATFISH
TROUT
BASS
WHOPPERS

No catches reported.

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
September: 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; all water craft must be of the lake by 6:00 p.m.
October: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; all water craft must be of 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 slow.
CATFISH
Try fishing for Catfish at Channel Point/Loma Island area or north-west dock with worms, chicken liver or shrimp.  
TROUT
Trout fishing has slowed down.  
BASS
Black Bass have been biting with artificial baits or lures anywhere around the lake.  

CRAPPIE/BLUEGILL
Crappie or Bluegill has slow down. Try using lures or worms anywhere around the lake.

WHOPPERS:
No whoppers reported.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

Mandatory personal watercraft inspections will be required at Shadow Cliffs starting October 1st, 2016.
All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.
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.

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
September Park Hours: 6:30am-8:00pm
October Park Hours: 6:30am-7:00pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The water temperature has been reaching about 76 degrees. The water has been cool in the mornings with temperatures in the low 60’s to the high 80’s.
CATFISH
The best bait to use has been mackerel, chicken livers, anchovies and sardines.
TROUT
The water temperature is still warm, so the trout have been staying in the deeper water. No trout catches have been reported.
BASS
Bass are biting on swimbaits, but remember to release your bass back into the lake to keep the population up.
CATCHES REPORTED
On 8/29 Jon Christenson caught and released 6 bass on robo worms and 7 bass on flukes float tubing in the Arroyo.
Gabreil Rezendez caught and released 7 bass and he was using plastic worms.
On 9/9/16 Gabreil caught and released 8 bass fishing in the Arroyo.
On 9/18/16 Jon and Gabreil both caught and released 5 bass fishing in the Arroyo.
On 9/16/16 one of our regulars caught a 4lb and a 5lb catfish. He was fishing right of the boat rentals and he was using shrimp for bait.
WHOPPERS:
Joe of Livermore caught and released an 18lb catfish.

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD) 

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Sunny and warm, with some fish biting reported. Hot spots are typically the steep bank located next to the park entrance, and the fishing dock. The most recently successful lures are garlic scented, and colored bright green. Chicken liver and Power-Bait have also been successful in recent catches reported.
CATFISH
Two 12” catfish were caught off of the West bank last week. They were chowing down on chicken livers.
Hot spots are typically the steep bank located next to the park entrance and or dock. Successful lures are bright green with a garlic dip for scent. Power-Bait has also been successful.
WHOPPERS:
None reported.

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
5am – 10pm
Parking lot open 7:00am-4:30pm; except for infrequent maintenance closures

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Morning fog has been clearing by midday, with most afternoons warm and breezy.
Anglers reported success fishing from the shore for striped bass, and bullhead.

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
Morning fog and breeze has been clearing by midday, leading to breezy and warm afternoons. Try fishing towards the end of the pier where the water starts to clear up. The best time to fish has been around the time high tide rolls in.
STRIPED BASS
Plugging from shore has been very successful with the stripers currently running through the San Pablo Bay.
OTHER SPECIES
Many people and catching bullheads.

ANTIOCH/OAKLEY PIER

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
7am – 6pm; all water craft must be off the lake by 5pm.
Pier open 24/7- free parking- No Overnight Camping

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been very warm. The fishing has slowed down, with nothing to report.
STRIPED BASS
None reported.

ECKLEY PIER

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The fishing at Eckley Pier has been significantly slow, possibly due to the high tides. Many of the local fishermen are headed North towards Benicia in pursuit of salmon. Fishermen in the Martinez area are reporting a good amount of striped bass and even some sturgeon caught in the Pittsburg/ Antioch area.


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