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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1017  | August 13, 2014

*** 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.

FREE FISHING DAY is July 5! You do not need to have in possession a state fishing license or an East Bay Regional Park District fishing access permit to fish the Regional Parks lakes. All other rules and regulations apply.

General Activity


There was a change in weather this week, it cooled off and the wind would pick during the afternoon. It seems that the weather has affected the bite since there was many catches this week. Temperature is at 78 degrees at the end of the dock and the clarity is still green with a five foot visibility. Catfish are still biting on anchovies, worms, and chicken livers over in the Lower Narrows and Hetch Hetchy area. Stripers are at the Dam still taking on anchovies and not many reports on the little guys anymore but the keepers will bite. Largemouth is pretty scarce at the moment but Smallmouth will more likely be biting and trolling Panther Martins work very well for them. Same as always for the bass, you just need to lure them out and make them want to bite. Not too many words on crappie or bluegill, but you can try over in the South with a bobber and a worm and you may get lucky.

Featured Angler:

Danny of San Jose caught a 6 lb. catfish on worms in the Lower Narrows by the Dog Run gate

NOTE: Use of Lead Fishing Tackle is Prohibited at Quarry Lakes
Download: Lead Fishing Tackle Awareness brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF


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.

Fishing activity at Quarry Lakes seems to have taken a dip. The rainbow trout have been reported at depths of 30-35 feet and not very hungry. We have been receiving mostly 2nd hand catfish reports along the back side of the peninsula and Fisherman’s Row. The catfish seem to be more active during the late afternoon and evening. Anglers report that they can visibly see very large catfish swimming in our shallow waters.  Please remember to report your catch to the staff at the main kiosk for a mention in this newsletter and a free photo.

Catch Report:

August 8 -Jack Antrim of Hayward caught a total of four catfish ranging from 4-9 lbs. on chicken liver at the back side of the peninsula. Jack was on his rowboat near the “island”. 


Fishing has been very slow at Temescal. The catfish plant last week seems to have helped; but the hauls are still small.


Park Hours: For July-August is 6:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 6:30 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.

Fishing has been good.

- Catfish have been biting on nightcrawlers, anchovies, shrimp, or chicken liver at Channel Point or near the Swim Lagoon.
- Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake.
- Crappie and bluegill has been biting on jigs or worms at Loma Island or Channel Point area.  Anglers have been doing well fishing from a boat with artificial baits or lures.
- Trout fishing slowed down. Try using Power Bait or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake.

No Whoppers Reported


Bass and catfishing has been steady with the warmer weather.  A nice 6 pound catfish was caught back behind the island on mackerel.  Bass fishing continues to be an up and down affair with bass reported getting caught.  Fishing from the shoreline has been doing as good as the boats, but make sure to come early to claim your spot. If you are going out on a boat, some hot spots are around the island, Half Moon Bay, Indian Cove, and near Raccoon Point.  Water temperature is currently around 74 degrees with 5 feet visibility. The water level of the lake remains low, with plenty of shoreline 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!  The schedule for the marina has changed, and currently open Monday through Thursday at 6 AM – 6 PM, boat rentals will stop at  5 PM and are due back at 6 PM. Friday through Sunday hours are 6 AM-7 PM, boat rentals stop at 6 pm and are due in at 7 PM.

Attention all boaters - we now offer food delivery to your boat! Call the marina and place anl order for $25 or more and it will be brought to your boat. Credit/Debit only. Also every third Friday of the month is free Friday! Free parking, boat launch, dog fees!!! No district fishing permits needed (but for all anglers 16 and older do need state fishing license).

HALF OFF ALL BOAT RENTALS Including Patio Boats! Tuesday — Thursday. Excluding holidays

Catfishing is good right now, during the day behind the island will keep anglers occupied and during the night the west shore trail is the place to catch big catfish. The best set up to use right now is a slider with a 1oz. weight, snap swivel and a 2/0 hook with at least a 16 inch leader line.  Water temperature will determine how active catfishing will be. The warmer the water the more active they will be, especially in the evening. This time of year catfish are going to be located by 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 has been really slow.  No trout were reported caught in the last several weeks.  If you’re going out for trout, your best bet would be trolling deep, or drifting down by the dam with Power Bait.  We will continue trout plants later on this year when the water temperature cools back down, usually in mid to late September.

Bass fishing has remained consistent over the last several weeks.  Reports of bass getting caught several times a week with anglers fishing back by Bass Cove and along Half Moon Bay.  If you are fishing for bass, they are hitting mostly in the early mornings and evenings on plastics, jigs and hula grubs and top water here and there. Silver Rainbow Flukes and Watermelon Senkos are also doing really well with 3/0 wide shank hooks. Live wells can be provided upon request thanks to Walton’s Pond. 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!


Monday — Thursday
Boat rentals are 6:00am — 5:00pm
Boats due in by 6:00pm

Friday — Sunday
Boat rentals are 6:00am — 6:00pm
Boats due in by 7:00pm

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.


Gates are open 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. through Labor Day

Catfish plants are occurring on a bi-weekly basis and catfish are consistently being caught from the shoreline past the first dock.  Trout fishing is slow as they have retreated to deeper waters.  Please practice catch and release for bass as they are not stocked in the lake and their population depends on you!

The Boat Rentals and the bait shop are open daily from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Due to severe drought conditions the Boat Rentals and boat launch may be closing soon.  Please call the kiosk at 510-544-3230 for updates. The Concession is open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  The Concession is also currently selling California State Fishing Licenses during their regular business hours. All personal watercraft must be off the lake a half hour before park closing. Water temperature is approximately 75 degrees.

We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Kiosk staff.

Featured Anglers:

7/30/14 – Rudy caught a 16.5 lb. catfish near the 1st dock.  Shrimp was the bait of choice.

8/9/14 – Miguel Villanueva from San Jose caught three catfish, the largest 8 lbs., next to the 2nd dock on nightcrawlers.


No report.


There has been a steady flow of anglers, but it has been very slow. Half of the anglers are fishing in the evening, so they may be catching fish.


There was some striped bass action at Eckley Pier, but fishing continues on the slow side.


The fishing has been slow at Antioch/Oakley shoreline. The City of Oakley is having their 11th Annual Kids Fishing Derby this Saturday Aug.16th


Fishing at the Pt.Pinole Pier continues to be slow for the past 2 weeks. Three Striper bass were caught - the biggest being 25”.   Some stingrays and small sharks were also caught.  With clearer water this past week anglers have been able to catch some jack smelts.  About five stripe bass were caught off the pier.


Anglers have taken bullheads and red rock crabs.


Fishing has been slow.

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

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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 08/18/14 --- --- 1000 ---
08/25/14 --- --- --- ---
09/08/14 500 --- 1000 ---
Lake Chabot 08/18/14 --- --- 500 ---
08/25/14 --- --- --- ---
09/08/14 ---  --- 500 ---
Shadow Cliffs 08/18/14 --- --- ---
08/25/14 --- --- 1000 ---
09/08/14 --- --- 500 ---
Quarry Lakes 08/18/14 --- --- 1000 ---
08/25/14 --- --- --- ---
09/08/14 1000 --- --- ---
Contra Loma 08/18/14 --- --- --- ---
08/25/14 --- --- 500 ---
09/08/14  --- --- 500 ---
Lake Temescal 08/25/14 --- --- 500 ---
--- ---  --- ---
---  --- --- --- ---
Don Castro 08/25/14 --- --- 250 ---
--- --- --- --- ---
--- --- --- --- ---
Shinn Pond --- --- --- --- ---
Jordan Pond ---
--- --- --- ---

General Information

General Information

General Fishing information can be found at:

Guidelines for Fish Consumption information can be found at:

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