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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1114 | May 18, 2018

 (Sec. 404.3): NO SMOKING on EBRPD property, including all piers, parks & trails.
NEW Resolution Ord. 38, Sec. 404.3 - Passed

ATTENTION BOATERS - Mandatory Boat Inspections
(Including motorboats, rowboats, kayaks, canoes and float tubes)
To prevent invasive Zebra and Quagga mussel infestation, the East Bay Regional Park District is performing mandatory boat inspections. All watercraft must be "clean and dry" to pass inspection. Standing water or water from the motor being lowered means the craft will fail inspection. Failing inspection means the craft will not be allowed to launch, AND  results in a 5-day quarantine period before another inspection.
 

Boat inspections are performed at the following lakes:
Lake Chabot, Del Valle, Quarry Lakes, Contra Loma, and Shadow Cliffs

We have a banding program for clean boats.
Intact bands will expedite launching at the above lakes.
For more information, visit our invasive mussel program page or call 888-EBPARKS.

Fish Planting Information

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) plants rainbow trout and channel catfish up to 6+ pounds each.
The California Department of Fish & Wildlife (DF&W) plants trout averaging over ½ pound each.
Note: Plants are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Water / Week EBRPD Rainbow Trout (lbs) CDFW Rainbow Trout (lbs) EBRPD Channel Catfish (lbs) CDFW Channel Catfish (lbs)
Del Valle  
05/14/18 750 0
0 0
05/21/18 750
0
0
0
05/28/18 0
0 0
0
Lake Chabot  
05/14/18 0
0
0
0
05/21/18 750
0 0
0
05/28/18 0 0
0
0
Shadow Cliffs  
05/14/18 0
0
0
0
05/21/18 1000 0 0
0
05/28/18 0 0
0
0
Quarry Lakes  
05/14/18 1000 0
0
0
05/21/18
0 0
0
0
05/28/18
0 0
0
0
Contra Loma  
05/14/18 1000 0
0
0
05/21/18
0
0
0
0
05/28/18
0
0 0
0
Lake Temescal
05/14/18 1000
0 0
0
05/21/18
750
0
0
0
05/28/18
0
0
0
0
Don Castro  
05/14/18
0
0 0
0
05/21/18
0
0 0
0
05/28/18
0 0 0
0
Shinn Pond  
TBD
0 0 0 0
Jordan Pond
TBD 0 0 0  0

Attention Anglers

  1. DO NOT LET YOUR DOG EAT OR LICK RAW TROUT/SALMON. They may be infected with a parasitic disease which can be fatal to your pet. For more information call Fisheries Manager Joe Sullivan at (510) 544-2329.
  2. EBRPD recommends all bass be released. Please do not remove tags from released 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 kept bass to the marina or kiosk attendant. Length and weight (if possible), location and date would be helpful also
  4. Please remember to clean up any fouled line and bait containers. Wildlife can be injured or killed by fishing line!! Please use the special fishing line disposal tubes at Del Valle, Lake Chabot, Quarry Lakes and Shadow Cliffs. Recycling your broken fishing monofilament helps protect wildlife.
  5. All park hours are 6am to 7 pm unless otherwise posted.

General Activity

DEL VALLE (LIVERMORE)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
May: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm; all watercraft must be off the lake by 7:00 pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather at Del Valle has been cloudy, with the sun warming through the afternoon. Early mornings in the 40s with temperatures rising up into the low 70s by midday. Water temperature at the dock reads 66-69 degrees.

Jeff Cooper of San Ramon, one of our regular anglers and contributor to the fishing report and Angler’s Edge came out fishing last Saturday and provided this report:
“Saturday was another pleasant day at the lake. The calm breeze and partially overcast sky made it easy to see what the fish were after. Giant schools of shad fry danced around the docks and shorelines trying to evade hungry predators. Fish breaking at the surface could be heard from all around. Excited to start my day with so much activity going on, I decided to try my luck at some top water action! After a few casts with a Whopper Plopper, a bass exploded on it, but missed the bait. I quickly threw a Senko back into the swirl and hooked up quickly with a nice pound and a half smallmouth bass. As I worked my way along, only minutes later another bass busted at it 10 feet from the boat. Missing the bait once again, I switched rods and let the Senko slowly fall into the swirl left behind. After a few seconds, my line started to runaway as a 3 lb. 6 oz. largemouth took the easy meal. I absolutely love top water fishing! The exhilaration and excitement when a bass erupts out of the water after your lure is addicting! The Whopper Plopper allowed me to cover water quickly and identify hungry feeding fish. I didn't catch all the fish Saturday with it; but I give credit to the Plopper for locating them. The rest of day, I had direct hook-ups with this speed demon of the top water lures. As the day went on and wind began to blow, I focused on current breaks. Whether if it was from points or structure, these breaks created ambush spots for hungry fish. As the Plopper speeds along, I like to slightly pause it for a split second where I think the attack will happen. This quick stop and go triggered three other bass bites in the exact location I was expecting them. Love them or hate them, when the fish are feeding, the Whopper Plopper just flat out gets bit! Like I said before, this is an exciting time of the year at the lake! As the young fry continue to grow, there will be more baitfish swimming around. So why not give top water a try!”

CATFISH
We are getting a few reports of angler’s having success with catfish. If you are targeting them, we recommend using anchovies, mackerel, night crawlers, or chicken livers. Catfish tend to be in deeper water this time of year, 20+ feet deep.

TROUT
The lake level is higher, and the staining is subsiding. Most anglers are reporting success with Powerbait or Powereggs, mice tails, and flicker shads. Make sure you are fishing shallow sand flats and if you are fishing from a boat, make sure you keep moving.

BASS
Many anglers are catching bass, using any lures or jigs. Keep moving along the shore, near cover. Plastic worms and drop lures seem to do the trick! With the lake level up, and the warming waters and air temperatures, bass should be moving into the shallows to breed the next few weeks, and should make bass fishing at Del Valle great!

STRIPED BASS
We are starting to hear a few more reports of people hooking into stripers. Most of the striper action has been centered near the dam, but some people are having success in the Narrows and near the dock. We recommend diving spoons and lures out by the dam, in deeper water.

FEATURED ANGLERS

Maye and Kent Halpern from Manila, Philippines, with four of their five trout. Maye and Kent have been coming to Del Valle Lake for the past five years and on their fifth year, they caught five trout, we enjoy returning guests and their stories.

James Goss, of Modesto, CA caught a 3 lbs. trout at Swallow Bay using Pink Flicker Shad.

Karl Carlotta of San Jose, CA caught these trout near the dam, fishing from a boat, using Rainbow Powerbait.

Kenny and Bill with their 8 Catfish with the largest weighing in at 17 lbs. Caught these fish using chicken livers near the dam about 40' deep.

Gustavo Gonzalez from Hayward CA Caught 5 Trout, fishing from the shore in the narrows, using a variety of mice tails.

Jeff Cooper of San Ramon caught a beautiful one and a half pound smallmouth bass, and a three and a half pound largemouth.

Jefferson Bisson with his brother, Modesto, CA, age 4 caught his first ever rainbow trout. He caught it in the narrows off a pontoon boat.

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
May through Labor Day: Monday-Thursday 6:00 am to 6:30 pm with boats due back by 6:00 pm.
Friday – Sunday 6:00 am to 7:30 pm with boats due back by 7:00 pm.
Hours are subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels.

We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Marina. Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The water temperature is in the low-60s and water clarity is about five feet. Please follow our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/lakechabot, for weekly updates on fishing conditions.

All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, including Patio Boats!

TROUT
Trout fishing is has been good at Lake Chabot with this cool weather. Raccoon Point remains the go-to place and the first dock by the marina is a popular spot. Lake Chabot received a plant the week of April 30th, and is scheduled for another plant of trout the week of May 21st.

BASS
Bass fishing is slow, but some of our more experienced anglers have been reporting some successes. With May coming in, that means warmer weather and warmer water temperatures! The bass should start to be coming up into the shallows to breed. Many anglers are using plastic worms or swim baits. There has been an abundance of smaller size bass (one or two pounds) being caught all over the lake along the shorelines. Senkos have been the most popular bait to use.

Please practice catch and release for bass as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!

FEATURED ANGLERS

Richard Delacruz of San Leandro caught this five pound, 12 ounce trout at an undisclosed location!

Jeff Earney of Castro Valley caught this nice bass at Half Moon Bay using a brown jig

Michael Greschner of Castro Valley caught these two rainbows by the dam using a shad Rapala

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
5:00 am – 10:00 pm, unless otherwise posted. Gate hours are 8:00 am – 10:00 pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
We are getting reports of trout, bass, bluegills, and even some catfish being caught at Temescal.

Temescal is scheduled for additional trout plants the weeks of May 14th and May 21st.

FEATURED ANGLERS

Joaquin Gutierrez and his daughter Brianna both caught their limits of rainbow trout. They were using rainbow Powerbait and Powereggs.

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
8:00 am – 10:00 pm; Park Curfew is 10:00 pm – 5:00 am

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been nice, light jacket weather with a slight breeze in the afternoon so dress appropriately.

Please remember that a California state-fishing license is required for anglers aged 16 or older. In addition, a Park District daily fishing permit is required and may be purchased from the iron ranger located at the swim complex gate.

Please remember there is NO fishing on or around the fish plant site and dock for two hours after a fish plant.

TROUT
People have been catching off the pier, dam, and lake banks. Fish size varies.

FEATURED ANGLERS

Brandon, Joaquin, and Trevor all caught their limits of trout at Don Castro along the dam!

HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
May: 6:00 am - 7:00 pm; boaters can go through inspection and launch up until 5:00 pm and get banded until 5:00 pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
If the kiosk is closed, please use the yellow Ventek machine to pay for parking (exact change only, please). For fishing permits, you may use either the Ventek machine or the blue iron ranger posts across from the kiosk, from the entrance from the Isherwood Staging Area, and from the walk-through gates by the Sequoia Bridge and from the Niles gate.

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. You can exchange lead tackle at the kiosk in a “1 for 1” trade for stainless steel weights.

The kiosk hasn’t received too many reports of fish being caught, but park rangers have seen more being caught than are being reported to the kiosk. If you caught some fish, some to the kiosk and show off your haul!

On May 3rd, "Sexy Dexy" Miguel of Union City caught his limit of trout on a cordel lure! He was trolling from his kayak on the backside of Horseshoe Lake.

Also on May 3rd, Elix Robles of San Jose caught a five-pound trout on a night crawler! He was fishing along Fishermen's Row.

On May 6th, Cecil Ortiz of San Leandro caught a 13-pound catfish! He was using a plastic worm and was fishing along Fishermen's Row.

FEATURED ANGLERS


One of our regulars and avid anglers, Joaquin Gutierrez had a several great days of catches at Quarry Lakes. On his first day he caught his limits of trout using spoons and jigs, then he came back the next day and got limits again, using mice tails and spoons. And he even caught this beautiful eight and a half pound channel catfish using nightcrawlers! Way to go!!!!!

CONTRA LOMA (ANTIOCH)

HOURS OF OPERATION
May: 6:00 am – 8:30 pm; all watercraft must be off the lake by 6:30 pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The boat ramp is finished, and boaters may resume launching at Contra Loma!

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.

Fishing has picked up for trout and black bass.

The reservoir is re-filling, but is still slightly lower than usual.

TROUT
Trout are biting almost anywhere around the lake. Try using lures, Powerbait or night crawlers.

CATFISH
Try fishing for catfish at Channel Point or Loma Island with anchovies, nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Boaters have been doing well toward the middle of the reservoir or along the dam.

BASS
Black Bass have been biting with artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake or from boats. Many of the larger bass seem to be stalking the stocked trout, and some anglers are reporting success by throwing swim baits on the near shoreline, mimicking the stocked trout.

FEATURED ANGLERS

Joaquin found his way out to Contra Loma and was able to get this seven-pound trout using green spoons!

SHADOW CLIFFS REGIONAL PARK (PLEASANTON)

HOURS OF OPERATION
May to September: 6:00 am to 9:00 pm
Concession Hours: Weekends Only: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm (Kitchen closes for hot food at 5:00 pm)
Marina Hours: Weekends Only: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Trail Closures: The third dock is only accessible via the levee trail. The trail between the second and third dock that runs alongside the lake is closed until further notice.

Boat banding ends at 8:00 pm.
All watercraft have to be off the lake by 8:00 pm.
Please note boaters must be 100 feet away from the fish tube, swim ropes and the boat docks.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been cold in the mornings but warming up to a comfortable temperature in the 60s by the afternoon.

Water Temperature: 64 degrees, depending on depth.
Water Clarity: Visibility seems to vary between 10-15 feet.

TROUT
Boaters have been doing well and are catching their limits and fishing from the shore has been good. Anglers have been catching limits between the 1st dock and the 2nd dock.
Richard Lim of Livermore caught his limit of trout fishing by the 1st dock and he was using Powerbait.

Stan Nunes of Pleasanton was boating and he caught limits of trout and one catfish.

Mike Andrada of Pacifica caught two trout fishing off the Stanley dock and he was using Powerbait.

Andrew Drake caught a three-pound trout fishing the eastside of Stanley shoreline and he was using Powerbait.

BASS
G. Rezendez of Union City caught and released eight bass, he was float tubing in the arroyo, and he was using Senkos.

We encourage all anglers to stop by our kiosk on the way out to report catches, stories, comments, and/or concerns.
All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.
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REGULATIONS FOR THE ARROYO PONDS
* EBRPD Daily Fishing Permit, CA State Fishing License
Catch and Release, Barbless Hooks, Artificial lures, Float tubes only

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours: 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Parking lot open 7:00 am - 4:30 pm


GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been foggy, with windy mornings, with sun in the afternoon
Fishing has been slow.
The pier lights are back up and functioning at night.
Reminder to boaters: Seas have been rough due to the high winds!
Attention anglers: Please do your part to keep the pier clean!

PT. PINOLE PIER (RICHMOND)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
San Pablo Bay open 24 hours for fishing
Shuttle operates 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Park/Gate hours 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Water temperature is in the mid-50s, weather has been sunny and occasionally overcast, but very windy. Fishing pressure is high at the pier.

Reminder to boaters: Please check conditions before launching your boat as conditions can change quickly this time of year.

Pier retrofit is complete, with all new benches, windscreens and cleaning station.

STRIPED BASS
Striped bass action is slowing down.

OTHER SPECIES
Please Remember: Some perch are now off limits until August!

Leopard sharks are being caught frequently


GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fishing information can be found our Fishing page.
Fees and Licenses: A California State Fishing 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.


NEW STURGEON REGULATIONS:  Sturgeon must be between 40 and 60 inches, (fork length) to keep.
> Sturgeon regulations - California Department of Fish & Wildlife

General Information

General Fishing information: Fishing Activities

Guidelines for Fish Consumption: Fishing Advisories

Fees and Licenses: A California State Fishing 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.

Individual Membership Program

Angler
 - Includes all the benefits of Basic Membership plus boat launch and annual fishing permit for one named individual; state fishing permit also required for individuals 16 years and older $300.

Special Access Angler (Seniors, Students, Veterans and persons with disabilities)
 - Senior Anglers must be 62+ years of age
 - Proof of eligibility required. Please supply documentation to membership@ebparks.org or fax it to (510) 635-3478 (attn: Membership) $180.


EBRPD FISH LIMIT INFORMATION
New regulations require possession of a Sturgeon Fishing Report Card.
Fish Size Limit Number per day

Trout

No limit

5

Catfish

No limit

5

Black bass

12 inches minimum

5

Striped bass

18 inches minimum

2

Sturgeon

40-60 inches in fork-length

1

Crappie, Bluegill
& Sunfish

No limit

25 in combination

Carp

No limit

No limit

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