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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1032  | March 11, 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


Mornings have been bone chilling with temps in the mid 30's, followed by warm beautiful 70 degree afternoons with a little breeze.  Spring is setting in quite early and the fish know it.  Several big fish were caught this week mainly on lures.  The south end is clearing up as the sediment and debris settle to the bottom, making it easier for fish to target lures.  Bass beds are popping up everywhere along beaches and cove walls.
The trout bit well on nightcrawlers and Rapalas from the south end and the handicap dock.  Trout normally run in schools and it’s easy to land a few before they catch on to your lure or bait, but now it seems the trout are rolling solo, cruising around by themselves or with one or two buddies.  Don't be shy to move spots if you don't get a bite. Chances are if you don't get a fish in 15-30 minutes, then they're probably not there.  Reds and yellows have been the go to colors this winter, with green and purple as great alternative colors too.
Bass bite has not really changed since last week, besides them building more beds and moving up the beaches to their spawning grounds.  I was able to fool them into hitting a jerk bait this week, which is unusual for this time of year.  Lucky Craft pointers in the aurora black color are my go to jerk for bass, stripers and trout.
Striped bass finally made an appearance this week, in force!  A big striper was caught on a swimbait by Bob Hargrove.  Many smaller stripers were caught on worms and anchovies from the narrows.  The stripers are in pre spawn mode for spring so they will get easier and easier to catch.  Still no catfish are being seen or caught because nobody is fishing for them, but the cooler water sometimes harbors monster cats who are willing to bite.   Come see us up here at Del Valle and good luck!

Featured angles of the week:

Robert Bryan of Modesto got a 12lb. trout. No location or bait reported

Ken Dunn of Campbell got a 4.6lb. striped bass on crawlers from East beach

Danny Hollis of Livermore got a 15lb. trout on a jerk bait by the Dam

Mike Fazzio of Pleasanton got a 5.4lb. striped bass on anchovies in Swallow bay

Jadon and Austin Deocampo got six trout a 5.3 pounder being the largest on Rapalas from East beach

Bob Hargrove of Livermore got a 16.3lb. striped bass on a swimbait in the narrows

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.

February 24:
* Bernie Helwig of Milpitas caught an 8.8lb. trout trolling the front of Horseshoe.
* Chris Teng of Fremont caught a 14lb. trout from his kayak near the beach on a spoon.
February 25:
* Nick Phothisane of Hayward caught a 10.4 trout near the beach on nightcrawlers.
February 27:
* Max Vancoevorden caught a 17lb. trout from a rowboat near the beach on Power Bait.
March 3:
* Walt Moser of Fremont reported catching his limit 7 days in a row with the average being 3lbs.
* Rio Calica of Fremont caught a 15.5lb. trout at Fishermen’s Row by the dock with a Kastmaster.
March 4:
* Ricki Hoffer of Redwood City caught 3 smallmouth all around 4lbs., 2 largemouth around 3lbs., and 2 trout trolling with Rappala lures.
* Dan Neito of Fremont caught a 9.8lb. trout from Fishermen’s Row on nightcrawlers.
March 7:
* Peter Simpson of Fremont caught his limit left of the beach using mouse tails.
* Ab of San Jose caught an 8.10lb. trout from the front of Horseshoe while in a boat.
March 8:
* Walt Moser of Fremont reported 3 more trout limits caught in three days.
March 9:
* Peter Simpson of Fremont caught a limit of trout left of the beach on mice tails.

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 is still high.
 The park entrance gate hours are 6am to 6pm.


Fishing at Temescal has been good. There was a plant last week, and anglers have been pulling in limits, or close to it.


Park Hours:

Park Hours:
For March is 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.

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, the fishing dock is temporarily closed near the West Shore Trail. We anticipate the re-surfacing project will be complete by the opening of swim season, April 25.

Fishing has been okay.  It has slowed down some with the lowering of the lake.
-Trout are biting anywhere around the lake with variety of Power Baits or nightcrawlers.
Try the East Shore with white power eggs or mice tails. Or 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 on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake. 

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

Whoppers Reported:
- Richard and Chris Roach caught a 5 lb. trout on a Kastmaster from a boat.
- Chris Roach caught a 6.10 lb. & 8.1 lb. trout on a Kastmaster from a boat.
- Mark Silva caught an 8 lb. trout on Power Eggs from a boat.
- Dave O’Neal caught a 5.9 lb. trout on a lure from a boat.
- Mark Silva caught a 12.5 lb. trout on a lure from a boat.
- Casey Kahn caught a 6.11 lb. & 7.10 lb. trout on a Kastmaster, trolling with a kayak.
- Morgan Pearce caught an 8 lb. trout on crank bait from a canoe.


Trout fishing continues to be amazing right now!!! Limits of trout have been caught all over the East shore trail from Indian Cove to Raccoon Point. The Dam and Half Moon Bay is also starting to pick up again too.  Anglers fishing from the shore are doing extremely well using Power Bait, especially rainbow and chartreuse with the garlic scent. Trolling is also doing fairly well dragging a Mira Shad, Rapala, or Kastmaster about 100 feet behind the boat.  Trolling from the surface down to 6 feet has been well.  Water temperature is starting to pick up.  Currently, water temperature is in the mid to high 50’s with 5 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, and currently hours are 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 - 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.
Catfishing continues to be very slow with only several cats being caught, 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 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.    

Giant beautiful trout are continuing to be pulled out of the east shore here at Lake Chabot. Limits and whoppers are starting to come in on a daily basis, try to get down here early for beautiful morning scenery and better fishing.  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! The hot lures that are getting limits are gold Kastmaster and Mira/Flicker shads.
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 come 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!
Patrick Ko from El Cerrito caught a 12.90lb. and 12.25lb. rainbow trout on Power Bait near Raccoon Point.
Abby McCarthy from Danville caught a 14.4lb. rainbow trout in Indian cove on Power Bait.
A 9.2lb. largemouth bass was caught and released this month around Raccoon Point.
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.


March Park Hours: 6:30am – 7:30pm

Featured Anglers:

2/24/15 – Steven Baker from Pleasanton caught a nice 6.8lb. trout off the Stanley Shoreline on a Mouse tail.

2/25/15 – Douglas Young from Oakland caught a 10lb. 7 oz. trout off the shoreline on a Kastmaster.

3/1/15 – Trevor from Oakland caught a beautiful 10.1lbs 28.5” long trout on a Blue/Silver Kastmaster between the 2nd and 3rd dock.

3/1/15 – Chris visiting from San Jose caught a 7lb. trout near the Boat Ramp using his ‘secret weapon’ bait.

3/3/15 – Ethan, Lucas, and a group of their happy friends coming from Dublin and Walnut Creek area enjoyed catching 3 trout off the Stanley Shoreline using the popular green pumpkin and rainbow Power Baits.

3/3/15 – Victor from Livermore caught some nice trout, one 9.9lbs., on yellow Power Bait near the Boat Ramp area.

3/3/15 – Trevor caught a beautiful 9.01lb. trout near the second dock reeling it in on a gold blue fox spinner.

*Due to record low water levels, the boat launch remains CLOSED.  However, if your vessel is light enough to be carried safely, launching from the shoreline is permitted.

With 2000 lbs. of Trout planted in the last week, fishing has really improved.  Many anglers are catching their limits and even reeling in some whoppers! Reports of several 6+ lb. trout have been coming in.  We’ve also had reports of several large bass being caught and released from the main lake. Please practice catch and release for all bass as they are not stocked in the lake and their population depends on you!

The Boat Rentals and Concession are CLOSED for the season, so 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 56 degrees.

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.   

The Sun is Shining and the Fish are biting, Come enjoy a beautiful day here at Shadow Cliffs!

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


No report.


Striped bass action picking up in the North Bay and Crockett-Carquinez area.  Big schools of stripers in the area are being caught by anglers using anchovies and grass shrimp.


The fishing here at Don Castro has been very good . There have been limits of Rainbow trout caught here prior to our last fish plant on March 5th and with the new plant we still have lots of trout to catch. The carp are biting like crazy too and a 20 lb. one was caught last week with some 8 and 10 lbers also.  The Anglers we spoke with said the trout have been caught on green and yellow Power Bait and most of the trout caught have been 2 to 4lbs.



No report received.


Point Pinole has been relatively quiet compared to recent months. There was a short burst for a few days of striped bass ranging in size from 18” to mid 20s and one 30” early on. There have also been a couple rays, sharks and one 22” halibut.


Jacksmelt have been biting.


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  
    03/09/15 1000 2500
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    03/16/15 800 --- --- ---
    03/23/15 800 --- --- ---
    Lake Chabot  
    03/09/15 ---
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    03/16/15 1000
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    03/23/15 ---
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    Shadow Cliffs  
    03/09/15 800 --- --- ---
    03/16/15 800
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    03/23/15 1000
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    Quarry Lakes  
    03/09/15 800 --- --- ---
    03/16/15 800 ---
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    03/23/15 500 700 --- ---
    Contra Loma  
    03/09/15 800
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    03/16/15 --- --- --- ---
    03/23/15 ---
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    Lake Temescal  
    03/09/15 --- ---
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    03/16/15 ---
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    03/23/15 --- --- --- ---
    Don Castro  
    03/09/15 --- --- --- ---
    03/16/15 ---
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    03/23/15 500 --- --- ---
    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