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Vol. 1120 | August 10, 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  
08/06/18 0 0
750 0
08/13/18 0
0
0
0
08/20/18 0
0 0
0
Lake Chabot  
08/06/18 0
0
0
0
08/13/18 0
0 0
0
08/20/18 0 0
0
0
Shadow Cliffs  
08/06/18 0
0
750
0
08/13/18 0 0 0
0
08/20/18 0 0
0
0
Quarry Lakes  
08/06/18 0 0
750
0
08/13/18
0 0
0
0
08/20/18
0 0
0
0
Contra Loma  
08/06/18 0 0
0
0
08/13/18
0
0
0
0
08/20/18
0
0 0
0
Lake Temescal
08/06/18 0
0 0
0
08/13/18
0
0
0
0
08/20/18
0
0
0
0
Don Castro  
08/06/18
0
0 500
0
08/13/18
0
0 0
0
08/20/18
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
August: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm; all watercraft must be off the lake by 7:00 pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The water temperature has been hovering around the mid-70’s even with the haze from the wildfires cooling the overall temperature around the lake. The smallmouth and largemouth bass have been great lately with most being caught on Texas-rigged Senkos. Anglers have been working them in the heavy reed patches along the edge of the reservoir. We recommend using lighter colored lures as the water color is dark green.

CATFISH
The catfish bite has been on fire! Anglers are limiting out quickly. They are using chicken livers, nightcrawlers, and anchovies. We recommend setting the bait close to the fallen or dead trees that are having into the water. Catfish tend to be in deeper water this time of year, 20+ feet deep.
TROUT
The trout bit has stopped almost entirely as trout retreat to deeper water during the warmer summer months.
BASS
It is the time of year for great bass fishing. 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!
STRIPED BASS
Striped bass are biting and anglers are limiting out in a few hours on the top water in the morning. Anglers are reporting boils out in the Heron Bay. Pencil poppers or Skook Jr. lures are a good bet. We recommend taking some anchovies or sardines over to the Hetch Hetchy group campsite and fishing from there. We had a 21-pound striper caught there this week, and there are several reports of fish caught in this area.


Kenny Khu had some great luck with the stripers and came back with these two fish!


We didn’t catch his name, but this angler is showing off his 19-pound channel catfish that he caught at Del Valle!


Kenny Khu came out for another day on the lake and caught a few more stripers!


These anglers are showing off their 21-pound striper that they caught at Hetch Hetchy Cove!

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 mid-60s and water clarity is about four feet. Please follow our Facebook page, facebook.com/lakechabot, for weekly updates on fishing conditions.
All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, including Patio Boats!

CATFISH
Many anglers are reporting catching rainbow trout still and catfish are starting to pick up!
BASS
Many anglers are using plastic worms or swim baits. There has been an abundance of smaller size bass (one to three 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!

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 anglers catching largemouth bass, channel catfish and still some trout too! With the warmer weather and warmer water temperatures, we should start to see fewer trout catches and more catfish catches!

One of our regular contributors and frequent angler, Joaquin Gutierrez caught several catfish during some night fishing at Lake Temescal.

Joaquin and his daughter Brianna had some luck on a different fishing excursion to Lake Temescal recently Full stringers caught with chicken livers!


Another, day trip, to Temescal, and they caught a few bluegill on red worms.

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 cool and foggy in the morning, with the fog burning off mid-morning, and temperatures rising into the lower 80s!
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.

HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Memorial Day to Labor Day: Park Hours: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm; Kiosk Hours: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm; boaters can go through inspection and launch up until 6:00 pm and get banded before 7:00 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 only fishing that was reported to the kiosk was Mark Suzuki of San Jose. Mark caught a four-pound catfish while using a spoon lure. He was fishing from his boat on the back side of Horseshoe Lake.
If you want to report your catches, or have your photo taken, please come to the kiosk, and we will take your information!


It is the middle of summer, which means many small, hungry mouths to feed in many of our reservoirs. Brianna Gutierrez caught several of these little guys with eyes bigger than their stomachs! Hopefully they live, and eat a few more years!

CONTRA LOMA (ANTIOCH)

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
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. Catfish have been biting and fishing from a boat has proven to be successful. Bluegill and Black Bass have been good all the way around the reservoir.
TROUT
With summer and warmer temperatures, trout fishing is slowing down, and being replaced with largemouth bass and catfish. We are getting reports of tiger tail lures in pink or yellow being the best lures to try! Try using Powerbait or nightcrawlers as well.
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. We are getting reports of anglers catching bass up to TEN pounds! Both boat anglers and shore-casters are having luck, so keep moving if you are not catching!


A great many thanks to Alison for sending in some photos of several of the largemouth bass she’s caught at Contra Loma!


Alison also sent in these photos of a friend of hers who caught this 9 lb 13 oz largemouth bass at Contra Loma!

SHADOW CLIFFS REGIONAL PARK (PLEASANTON)

HOURS OF OPERATION
May to September: 6:00 am to 9:00 pm
Concession Hours: Weekends: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm (Kitchen closes for hot food at 5:00 pm)
Weekdays: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Marina Hours: Weekends: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Weekdays: 9:00 am to 5:00 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 very nice in the mornings with temperatures reaching into the 90s in the afternoon.


We have had only one photo submitted to the kiosk but it is a big one! He did not leave his name, but he caught this 21-pound channel catfish using a float tube in the main lake last week!

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

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 at the pier has been foggy and windy in the mornings, with the fog burning off mid-morning, and sun all afternoon! Fishing has been slow with only a few halibut being reported caught from the pier. 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
Fishing has been slow with only a few fish per week being caught. The weather has been windy with relatively warm temperatures for this time of year.
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
A few anglers are reporting catching striped bass in the 20 to 22 inch range.
OTHER SPECIES
A few jack smelt and several rays have been reported to have been caught in the last few weeks. Additionally, one angler reported catching a halibut.


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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