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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1019  | September 10, 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


With the holiday weekend we had some very warm weather and very little wind but not so many fish were brought in. The temperature went up to 77 degrees and the clarity is decent with a five to six foot visibility at the docks. The bait balls of Shad are being seen throughout the lake and they are very decent size Shad. Although anglers are still catching stripers on anchovies or chicken livers around Heron Bay, the Dam or Narrows area, not many of the shakers are being reported and we haven’t seen any whoppers in a while. As for the catfish, they’ve been biting out by the Heron Bay and a little bit at the West Beach area on anchovies, sardines, chicken livers and use scent attraction to really get them to bite. Largemouth bite is still about the same, but the morning will be better luck with top waters, jerk baits or soft plastics. Once the sun comes up, they go down, so in the afternoons its best to try going into the deeper water. Smallmouth are biting more than the Largemouth, about 20-30 feet down on Panther Martins or you can try different methods with trolling or using soft plastics, but the key thing is deep water.

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 is still rather slow at Quarry Lakes, but the fish that have been reported were MONSTERS!!!  On August 28, Jack Antrim of Hayward hauled in a 17.3-pound catfish on chicken livers!  Jack was fishing from his boat on the back side of Horseshoe Lake.  On August 30, Joseph Chang of San Francisco caught a 9.5-pound catfish on shrimp!  He was fishing to the right of the Peninsula.


Fishing at Temescal remains slow. There are fish in the lake, but they are not biting very much.


Park Hours:
For September is 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off 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.

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.

No Whoppers Reported


Overall, fishing has been fairly slow this past week.  Several nice sized catfish have been brought into the marina along with a couple of limits, but bass fishing slowed down quite a bit.  No report of trout have been caught here for the last several months due to the warm water temperature, but the water is starting to cool down a little.  Water temperature is currently around 70 degrees with 5 feet visibility. The water level of the lake remains extremely 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!  Our schedule for the marina has changed, we are currently open Monday through Thursday from 6 AM – 6 PM. Boat rentals will stop at  5 PM and are due back in at 6 PM. Friday through Sunday are hours are 6 AM-7 PM. Boat rentals stop at 6 pm and are due back in at 7 PM

Attention all boaters - we now offer food delivery 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. Also every third Friday of the month is free Friday! Free parking, boat launch, dog fees!!! No district fishing permits needed (but all anglers 16 and older do need state fishing license).  
HALF OFF ALL BOAT RENTALS including Patio Boats! Tuesday — Thursday. excluding holidays
Several nice sized catfish were reported getting caught during the day but the real action is in the evening.  Reports of big cats were caught in the evening fishing over by Catfish Landing on the west shore trail. A couple limits were pulled out the last two weeks on mackerel/anchovies for anglers fishing behind the Island and also back in Bass Cove.  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 is extremely slow this time of the year.  But on the bright side the lake temperature is starting to cool down meaning trout fishing will start picking back up again.  The best spot to fish for trout right now is down by the dam where the water is a lot cooler. If you are going to be trolling, the best lures to use are Flicker Shads, Firetiger Rapalas, Kastmasters and Mirashads, but make sure to use some split shots about two feet away from the lure to make them go down a lot more.  The bait to use right now when fishing on the shoreline is chartreuse and rainbow Power Bait with garlic scent. When trolling, make sure to let out about a hundred feet of line and let the motor do all the work, but also be wary of other anglers on the shoreline so your lines don’t get caught! We will continue trout plants later on this year when the water temperature cools back down.
Bass fishing is starting to slow down.  No reports of bass were reported caught this past week, but they are still out there.  If you are fishing for bass, they are biting mostly in the early mornings and in the evenings, mostly 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 hook. 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!

No whoppers were reported getting caught this week. j

Monday — Thursday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am — 4:00pm
Boats are due in by 5:00pm
Friday — 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.


Park Hours:  
September, 2 thru September 30, 6:30am - 8:00pm
October 2014, 6:30am - 7:00pm

Catfish plants are occurring on a bi-weekly basis but fishing has been slow. 
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 weekends 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., but due to severe drought conditions they may be closed without notice.  Boat rentals are also limited so please call 925-426-0197 for availability.  The Concession is open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekends only through September as well.  The Concession sells 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 72 degrees.  

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

Thank you.

Featured Anglers:

9/2/14 – Member caught and released a small catfish near the Boat Marina.
9/6/14 – Regular member caught and released nine bass float tubing the Island Pond.


No report.


The fishing here at Don Castro has been slow these past two weeks but we expect that to change with the cooler temps on the way.


Lots of under sized striped bass being caught and thrown back.  A 55” sturgeon was caught last week.


The fishing has been slow.


Mainly catching jack smelt and small (non-keeper) striped bass and a few stripers in the the 20 inch range.


No report received.


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 09/08/14 1000 --- 500 ---
09/15/14 1000 --- --- ---
09/22/14 500 --- --- ---
Lake Chabot 09/08/14 --- --- 500 ---
09/15/14 --- --- --- ---
09/22/14 500 --- --- ---
Shadow Cliffs 09/08/14 --- --- 500
09/15/14 --- --- --- ---
09/22/14 1000 --- --- ---
Quarry Lakes 09/08/14 1000 --- --- ---
09/15/14 1000 --- --- ---
09/22/14 500 --- --- ---
Contra Loma 09/08/14 --- --- 500 ---
09/15/14 --- --- --- ---
09/22/14  500 --- --- ---
Lake Temescal ---
--- --- --- ---
--- ---  --- ---
---  --- --- --- ---
Don Castro 09/08/14
--- --- 200 ---
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Shinn Pond --- --- --- --- ---
Jordan Pond ---
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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