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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1046  | September 23, 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!

A plea to all fishermen/women.
A bald eagle was recently entangled with a fishing leader at Contra Loma.
PLEASE pick-up after yourselves, leave no hooks, lines or any other garbage behind!

 eagle with 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 monofilament helps protect wildlife.

General Activity


Captain Dan's Fishing Report for Lake Del Valle 9-18-15

This week the weather has been inconsistent, from cool dark and windy with a mid day high of 74 degrees, to clear sunny afternoons. The water has dropped in temperature to about 75 degrees and the lake level is slowly receding to winter levels. The change in weather would normally shut the fishing down for a few days until the weather stabilized but, this week the fish ate bait through the changes. On Wednesday, my good friend Cody McGarry and I went out in the blowing wind and cold. We had a very successful day including: seven Striped bass - all around 24 inches and six catfish -three of those cats were over 10 pounds and two of them were pushing 12-15 pounds. All of our fish that day were caught on either anchovies, mackerel, or sardines.  

Striped bass are still boiling in the mornings from 6:30 am - 8:00 am, then its more isolated blow ups into the afternoon.  Depending on the day, sometimes the stripers will also boil in the afternoon and evenings. When looking where to fish for stripers, always keep in mind that Striped bass like to feed in shallow water or on the surface, but will retreat back into deeper water once they have fed. Big points, drop offs, and shelf ledges are great places to find stripers. They also like being suspended in the deeper water at the edge of shadows, trees, big rocks, and hills will cast a large shadow on or across the lake.  

Catfish are still hitting strong all around the lake. The narrows has been a super hot spot for cats including Hetch Hetchy, the south end, and West beach. Big catfish are starting to fatten up for winter, so they are eating everything in sight. I like to pick a nice spot with deep water and toss anchovies at ‘em but I only stay in a spot for 30 minutes tops unless I start catching fish. The cats hunt with their nose so if they are in the area that you’re fishing, then it should not take more than 15 minutes for them to find the bait. Don't wait around all day for the fish to find you, even though there is something to say about patience.

The Largemouth and Smallmouth are eating Shad as well, look for individual splashes near shore. Those are typically bass but they can also be carp or catfish. Spooks, pencil poppers, jerk baits, and lip less cranks are catching the bass, but sometimes you just can’t beat a good old fashioned plastic worm like a Robo worm, Senko, or Chomper worm with garlic.  Bass can be caught year round on worms - just play with the different depths and different colored worms. For more advanced anglers looking for good bass action, the frog bite has picked up and is landing some nice fish in the 5-7 pound range. That’s it for this week - good luck all and rip some lips! -Dan

Anglers of the week:

Michael Carter of San Mateo caught a 8.25 lb. catfish on orange Power Bait in Swallow Bay

Bob Stambaugh of Livermore caught a cat and a striper on mackerel in Heron Bay

Nikko J and Josh F of Castro Valley caught two stripers on a swim jig in the Narrows

Ronnie Whitaker of Odessa, Texas caught a 7 lb. cat on anchovies in the South End


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

On Sept. 19, Peter Simpson of Fremont landed a 7lb., 8oz catfish on the peninsula using shrimp for bait.
On Sept. 20, Wilmer Maghanty from Hayward caught a 5 pound, 4oz catfish also using shrimp from the left of the swim beach. Wilmer was back on the 21st, using the same bait from the same place, and landed a 10 pound catfish.


The fishing at Temescal has been fair. Anglers are still pulling out a few catfish; but waiting for trout.


Park Hours:
For September hours are 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 watercrafts (including float tubes) need to have a wearable Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) per person. Children age 12 and under must wear personal flotation device (PFD) while the vessel is underway.

The Contra Costa Water District is lowering the Contra Loma reservoir approx. 8 feet.  Unknown when it will be refilled. 

- Anglers are catching and releasing a lot of Black bass. They have been biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake. 

- Try fishing for catfish using nightcrawlers, anchovies, or chicken liver at Loma Island, near the Swim Lagoon.

-Trout fishing has slowed down. Try fishing at Channel Point or near the Swim Lagoon with variety of Power Baits, mice tails or nightcrawlers.

- Try fishing for crappie or bluegill on jigs or worms at the Boat Ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area.


Bass fishing is heating up here at Lake Chabot!!! This past week we had a 16.6 lbs. largemouth bass caught. This is about a half pound shy of our current lake record. Fishing for Bass is also keeping a lot of anglers busy with a steady amount of reports coming in from anglers fishing both the shoreline and on boats. Catfishing continued to slow down this week with no reports of catfish being caught. Water temperatures continue to remain in the high 60’s with about 4 feet of visibility. Check out our Facebook page to keep updated on current fishing conditions.
All of our boats are half off Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays! 

600 lbs. of catfish were planted into Lake Chabot on 9-9-2015.

Catfishing had a terrible year with the low water level and algae making it very difficult for anglers. The catfish bite has been hit or miss. Hopefully fishing for trout will be better. Typically, the best bait to use is mackerel, anchovies or chicken liver.

Reports of trout are slow, with trout still hiding out in the deepest, coolest waters in the lake. Trolling shallow for trout has passed its season, so trolling deeper is your best bet. Anglers trolling deeper are having a higher success coming back from Bass Cove going towards the Dam. Anglers fishing the shoreline are using Power Bait, and have been having luck also down by the dam.

Bass fishing is amazing right now!!! Bass fishing has been steady for the last several weeks with some bass anglers catching and releasing good numbers. Reports of bass from 1 to 4 lbs. are coming in daily. This past week, on September 21, one of our employees Ian Cornelius carefully caught and released a 16.6 lb. bass fishing near Alder Point on Roboworms. The current lake record is held by Louis Vasquez from 2002 for a bass weighing in at 17 lbs. 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 in bass cove. 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 from 6:00am - 5:00pm
Boats are due in by 5:00pm
Friday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am - 6:00pm
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.

Ian Cornelius with his near-record 16.6 lb. largemouth bass at Lake Chabot!


September Park Hours: 6:30am – 8:00pm
October Park Hours: 6:30am – 7:00pm

Mostly catfish are being caught in the main Lake. Reports have been slow. Regulars float tubing are still catching and releasing bass in the back ponds.

The boat launch is open and the lake is beautiful! Water levels are just slightly below normal, so please use caution when launching your vessels. If your vessel is light enough to be carried safely, launching from the shoreline is still permitted. All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset. Current water temperature is approximately 70*.

Our Concessions are now CLOSED for the season.

Please remember that the Arroyo Pond have different regulations than the main lake. They are as follows: EBRPD Daily Fishing Permit, as well as a CA State Fishing License, 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 Shadow Cliffs Kiosk staff.  Thank You and Happy Fishing!


The fishing has been very slow these past two weeks here at Don Castro. A couple of catfish have been caught in the 2 to 3 lb. range and they were all caught in the cool mornings. Anchovies and garlic flavored chicken livers has been the most successful bait. The fishing should improve as the weather cools down and there still are quite a few fish to be caught! So come on down!


No report.


The fishing at Eckley has slowed considerably.


The bass are biting and there are some keepers starting to come in.


Fishing has been fairly slow at the Point – nine striped bass and one halibut over the past two weeks. Lots of seaweed and sharks.


Anglers have caught red rock crabs and leopard shark.
Construction Notice:  Miller/Knox Construction Project is now underway, and is expected to be completed in November 2015. Ferry Point parking lot, restrooms, and drinking fountain are subject to closure from mid-August through the end of 2015. A new plaza, restrooms, fish cleaning table, kayak wash, and improved parking lot will be installed. Street parking on Dornan Drive is available during the project. The fishing pier will remain open during construction. For more information, see

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  
    09/21/15 1000
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    09/28/15 800 ---  --- ---
    10/05/15 1000 --- --- ---
    Lake Chabot  
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    Shadow Cliffs  
    09/21/15 --- --- --- ---
    09/28/15 800
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    10/05/15 1000
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    Quarry Lakes  
    09/21/15 1000
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    09/28/15 1280 ---
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    10/05/15 750 ---  --- ---
    Contra Loma  
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    10/05/15 ---
    Lake Temescal  
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    Don Castro  
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    Shinn Pond  
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    Jordan Pond
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    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