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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1008  | April 08, 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.

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.

General Activity


This last week has had a lot of rain which we need, but very little fish being caught for the few anglers trying to get a bite. The water level has definitely increased from the rain and the lake is looking pretty full. The temperature of the lake at the end of the dock is 61 degrees. The Largemouth bass haven't quite spawned yet, but have definitely started to get ready to bed. Roboworms, Senkos, and nightcrawlers seem to be the only thing to attract their attention enough to get a bite out at Hetch Hetchy, South End and shallow water 2-5 ft. deep in tulle and brush areas. Smallmouth bass have been hanging out along the shelves of the Narrows about 10-20 ft. deep; try using Roboworms, Senkos, nightcrawlers also. Stripers are picking up again along the Lower Narrows; Swimbaits and chicken livers seem to do the trick. Not too much is being reported on catfish but chicken livers, anchovies, and mackerel usually works best over at the Dam area currently. Trout is slowing down, but Power Bait, Mice-tails, nightcrawlers, and Kastmasters still seem to work the best more in the Lower Narrows and Hetch Hetchy area some still being caught at the East Beach and at the creek inlet area of the lake.

Featured Anglers:
Tommy Phipps from Tracy caught a 6.74 lb. and a stringer of five trout weighing 14.9 lbs. on green Power Bait at Hetch Hetchy.

Elly Lotscher from Livermore caught a 14 lb. striper on a swimbait in the Lower 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.

We had another great couple of weeks of big catches and limits taken. The water level is slowly coming up from last year’s low. However, it doesn’t look like the accessible pier will be put into operation this season.

Those with boats didn’t seem to do as well as those who fished from shore. Jack Antrim of Hayward reported he caught and released three 3 trout and one catfish while trolling on March 30.  Chris Sinsay (Milpitas) reeled in a 6.75 pound trout using a broken-back Rapala on April 5.

The Peninsula yielded some nice results. Wilmer Magpantay of Hayward caught his trout limit several times; including March 24, 25, 26 and April 2 using Power Bait. His April 2 total catch weighed in at 10# 13 oz. Daryl Steiner of San Mateo also caught  limits on March 30 and April 2, his largest being a 5# 4 oz. trout, on Power Bait. Another repeat visitor, Anthony Vu (Hayward) had success on the back side of the Peninsula using green pumpkin and rainbow Power Bait on April 3 and 4. His largest trout was 6 pounds. Our surprise report came from Dayton Leong of San Francisco. He caught a 1# 9 oz. largemouth bass with a plastic lure on March 29.

Very little walking was required to bring in beauties from Fisherman’s Row.  Bryon Dalrymple (Fremont) caught his 5# 13oz. trout on Power Bait on March 29. On April 2, Bob Tebelskis and Shin Kato, both from Fremont, scored 8 pound+ fish. Bob’s 8# 12 oz. behemoth was just one of the four he took home that day. Wilmer Magpantay (Hayward) and Daryl Steiner (San Mateo) both caught their limits on March 27 on Power Bait. Josue Rivera (Hayward) caught his 7# trout with a Kastmaster.

Kiosk Cove was also fruitful. On March 30, the Orbe family from Hayward brought us a 6 # 2 oz. trout to weigh. They used garlic Power Bait. We were blown away on April 5 with Jesus Castro’s (Fremont) two fish catch that totaled 16# 10oz.!  His choice of bait: yellow corn Power Bait.  And from the left side of the swim beach, Junior Cosare of Newark caught his limit with Power Bait.


Fishing has been good at Temescal. The rain last week slowed it down a bit; but this week, the anglers are doing well.


Park Hours: For April 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 is good.

- Trout are biting on Power Bait or nightcrawlers at Channel Point or the East Side.

- Try fishing for catfish with 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 or bluegill have been biting on jigs or worms at Loma Island or Channel Point area.

Whoppers –

·         Mark Gallegos caught a 6.13 lb. trout on Power Eggs at the East Side.

·         Danny Salvador caught an 8.13 lb. trout at the East Side.


Can’t ask for a better April!!!!! The weather has been amazing and so has the fishing. Trout fishing is still doing very well with trout getting pulled out on a daily basis.  This past week over 6 whoppers were reported.  Several limits were pulled out this last week with a lot of success from anglers trolling Kastmasters and Rapalas. Trout are getting pulled out trolling from the surface down to 15 feet. Firetiger lures and Kastmasters have been working exceptionally well the past couple weeks. Bass fishing is starting to pick up all around the lake with spawning season happening right now. Hopefully with this warmer weather coming this week, it will make catfishing and bass fishing more active too.  Fishing from the shoreline has been doing extremely well too, 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, also near Raccoon Point.

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 Sunday at 7 AM – 4:30 PM boat rentals will stop at 3:30 PM and are due back at 4:30 PM.

Attention all boaters: we now offer food delivery to your boat! Call the marina place and order for $25 or more and it will be brought to your boat. Credit/Debit only.

Including Patio Boats! Tuesday — Thursday. Excluding holidays

Catfishing is extremely slow this time of the year. But we are expecting some warmer temperatures this upcoming weekend so fishing for cats might be better. Water temperature will determine how active catfishing will be.  The warmer the water the more active they will be, especially at night.  Typically around this time of the year, catfish are going to be located by Raccoon point, behind the island, back by the dam and bass cove during the day. Anglers are using mackerel, anchovies and chicken liver for bait.

Trout fishing continues to be amazing!! Top water trolling is causing anglers to limit out on trout fishing early to mid-morning this past week.  The algae problem is slowly going away so fishing is getting better every day. This past week a nice 8.63 lb. trout was caught by Kipling Ehlers of San Leandro on nightcrawlers over by the island. Hotspots continue to be near the West Shore Trail, Dam, Half Moon Bay area, Indian cove and Raccoon Point especially for both bait fishing and trolling. For now, make sure to use bait that is bright to lure the fish in. If you are going to be trolling, the best lures to use are Flicker Shads, Firetiger Rapalas, Kastmasters and Mirashads.  The bait to use right now is chartreuse and rainbow Power Bait with garlic sent. 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!

Bass fishing has starting picking up a little as we get a little closer to spring. Several nice sized bass were reported being caught by Raccoon Point and also by the island.  Bass are currently moving up to the shallows for their beds and getting ready to spawn. If you are fishing for bass, they are hitting mostly in the early mornings and evenings mostly on plastics, jigs and hula grubs. Silver Rainbow Flukes are also doing really well with 3/0 wide shank hook. Several reports of bass anglers using swim baits are getting a lot of follows but can’t seem to pull them out of Half Moon Bay and around the island. 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!

Julio Torres of Hayward caught a nice 8.03 lbs. trout fishing from the shoreline on a nightcrawler.
Kipling Ehlers of San Leandro caught a nice 8.63 lbs. trout fishing on nightcrawlers fishing over by raccoon point.
Tyler Breseia of Castro Valley caught a 6.77 lbs. trout trolling over by Raccoon Point on a Rapala
Rich Lai of San Leandro caught a 5.95 lb. trout trolling by Indian cove on a Rapala

Monday — Thursday Boat rentals are 6:00am — 4:00pm Boats due in by 5:00pm
Friday — Sunday Boat rentals are 6:00am — 5:00pm Boats 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: March thru April 6:00 7:00 p.m.

May thru Labor day 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

All watercraft must be off the lake one half hour before sunset.  Boat Rentals are open Friday through Sunday 8a-4p and the Concession is closed until further notice.  Trout are being planted on a weekly basis and trout fishing has been good by boat and on shore.  Small bass are biting as well as the occasional catfish.

20 x trout, 4 limits
Bait: Power Bait
Weight: Largest 4lbs
3rd dock

13 x trout
Bait: Eddie Trujiello lures
Mike, Vickie, Lesette Jones Trolling

1 x trout
Bait: Rainbow Runner
Weight: 8.14lbs
Anglers: Doug & the Trout Pirate
Trolling near Stanley

1 x trout
Bait: Power eggs
Weight: 6lbs
Near boat marina

2 x trout
Stanley trail

6 x trout
Bait: Power eggs
Weight: Largest 2.6lbs, Stringer 8.5lbs
Anglers: Vivi & James Kim

2 x trout
Bait: nightcrawlers
Weights: 8.4lbs & 10lbs
Anglers: Jimmy & Zack (pic below)
Stanley trail


5 x trout
Bait: Rainbow runners
Weight: Largest 8.14lbs, 20lbs total
Angler: Trout Pirate (pic below)
Trolling near Stanley

1 x trout
Bait: Green Power Bait
Weight: 6lbs
Angler: Chris Nuckolls (pic below)
Near the boat ramp

2 x trout
Near 2nd dock    

1 x trout
Bait: nightcrawler lure
Weight: 9.9lbs
Angler: Trevor 





The fishing has been steady all week we have heard of some trout in the 2 and 4lb. range caught off the dam on green Power Bait and the bass have been biting too. The bass was nice sized, measured at 22inches and released.


Fishing still poor to moderate.  A few keeper stripers being taken at Eckley.  The entrance road is now open.


No report received.


Striper action is picking up, with eight caught this week ranging from 22 inch to 36 inch. Most perch now out of season til August.


Jacksmelt have been biting.


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 04/07/14 750 --- --- ---
04/14/14 --- --- --- ---
04/21/14 750  --- --- ---
Lake Chabot 04/07/14 1000 --- --- ---
04/14/14 --- --- --- ---
04/21/14 500  --- --- ---
Shadow Cliffs 04/07/14 500 2000  --- ---
04/14/14 --- --- --- ---
04/21/14 500 605 --- ---
Quarry Lakes 04/07/14 500 --- --- ---
04/14/14 --- 2000 --- ---
04/21/14 500 --- --- ---
Contra Loma 04/07/14 500 1000  --- ---
04/14/14 500 500 --- ---
04/21/14 --- --- --- ---
Lake Temescal 04/07/14 --- --- --- ---
04/14/14 ---  500 --- ---
---  --- --- --- ---
Don Castro --- --- --- --- ---
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--- --- --- --- ---
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