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Vol. 1111 | April 6, 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  
04/02/18 0 1000
0 0
04/09/18 1200
1000
0
0
04/16/18 750
0 0
0
Lake Chabot  
04/02/18 750
0
0
0
04/09/18 0
0 0
0
04/16/18 0 0
0
0
Shadow Cliffs  
04/02/18 0
0
0
0
04/09/18 750 1000 0
0
04/16/18 0 0
0
0
Quarry Lakes  
04/02/18 0 0
0
0
04/09/18
750 0
0
0
04/16/18
0 0
0
0
Contra Loma  
04/02/18 750 0
0
0
04/09/18
0
0
0
0
04/16/18
0
0 0
0
Lake Temescal
04/02/18 750
0 0
0
04/09/18
0
0
0
0
04/16/18
0
0
0
0
Don Castro  
04/02/18
750
0 0
0
04/09/18
0
0 0
0
04/16/18
0 0 0
0
Shinn Pond  
---
0 0 0 0
Jordan Pond
--- 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
April: 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 rainy, cloudy, and cool, with a spot of sun. Early mornings in the low-40s with temperatures rising up into the high-60s by midday. Water temperature at the dock reads 54 degrees.
The lake elevation has gone up ten feet in the last two weeks. This influx of water is causing a slight murkiness to the water, making it a bass fishing paradise right now!

Dr. Al Hurwitz of Saratoga and Abbey Lev of Sunnyvale made a valiant effort trolling Del Valle on 3/22/18. Here is there report:
“It was a cold, rainy, and windy day--not at all ideal for trollers or any other fishermen for that matter. I think there were only two boats out that day. We managed to scratch out one small, Smallmouth Bass in the afternoon trolling in a cove on the western shore opposite Swallow Bay. The fish was caught on a Speedy Shiner trolled about 15 feet below the surface. We were using lead line to get this lightweight spoon down below the surface. We trolled all over the lake using split Rapalas, Panther Martin Spinners, and heavier spoons, but no other fish were caught. Water quite stained from the rains. Surface water temperature 55-56 degrees. Once the water clears, the best trolling conditions for Rainbow Trout and Bass will be off rocky shorelines and points where there is less mud, and the fish can see the lures. I always recommend applying scent to lures when trolling. For the present, artificial and live bait will work better if still fishing in stained or muddy water. Slow casting presentations of plastic and hard baits may also work for Bass species. Trollers be patient! Once the water level is higher and clearer, the shoreline fishing with flat lining techniques will improve, particularly for the Rainbow Trout.

Another Del Valle regular, Jeff Cooper of Alameda also gave a report of some of his recently fishing endeavors:
“All hail the Queen!
Briana Zepeda (aged 10) has the spotlight this week. This young angler accompanied by her father, Jose Zepeda (from Tracy, CA) and her best friend Elizabeth, endured the wind gusts and the rain, landing 13 of Del Valle's finest trout between them. With an average weight over two pounds, including a large breeder caught by Briana. Like a scene from Ernest Hemingway's novel "The Old Man and The Sea", Briana battled this great fish! Rod bent over and holding on tight, this giant did not want to come in easily. Blocking out the cold and the rain, she won the fight and showed the strength and skills of a seasoned angler! Congratulations Briana (see photo), this weeks "Queen of the Lake"! The trio had their success using Powerbait off a shallow point between Swallow Bay and Heron Bay. Other shore anglers continued to have success catching trout using mice tails and Powereggs. A few smallmouth bass were caught from boats along the rock walls. I caught a two-and-a-half pounder, to start my morning while slowly bouncing a wacky rig Senko down a rock pile in the narrows below Tarantula Cove. With this week’s weather forecast showing warmer days with lots of sun, the fishing will only get better! Current surface water temperature is 54 degrees. The lake changes from murky water conditions by the Marina, to a slight staining by the dam. The up and coming warm front will trigger a spring change at the lake. The bass will start to migrate back to the shoreline. First to feed up, then to start their pre-spawn activities. This will be a magical time you won't want to miss! So grab your gear and I will see you on the water!”
Jeff Cooper

Be sure to stop by the Marina for tips and tackle. We would love to hear about your catch, and your stories!

CATFISH
Catfish are going to be in deeper water, about 20-25 feet deep. The best baits to use would be anchovies, mackerel, or night crawlers.
TROUT
For trout, most anglers like to use either Powerbait or Powereggs. I would also recommend using either night crawlers or small spinners. Make sure you are fishing shallow sand flats and if you are fishing from a boat, make sure you keep moving.
BASS
We are getting reports of smallmouth and largemouth bass coming out of their winter areas and are starting to push to the shoreline. They are sitting near newly formed rock points and trees along the edge. Most catches are being reported in the two to three pound range.
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.

FEATURED ANGLERS

Jeff Cooper caught this smallie at Del Valle on March 24th.

Mike Sarmiento from Salinas, CA caught two rainbow trout and one bass shore fishing using an orange mice tail.

Robert Bryan from Modesto, CA caught a four pound, 11 ounce rainbow trout using a Kastmaster in the inlet, in his float tube.

Briana, Elizabeth and Briana’s dad, Jose from Tracy, CA caught 13 rainbow trout!

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
April: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm; all boats are due back to the marina by 7:30 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 4 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.
BASS
Bass fishing is slow, but some of our more experienced anglers have been reporting some successes. 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


We do not know their names, but these two anglers got into some lunkers by Raccoon Point.

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
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Lake Temescal will be closed to anglers April 9th-11th. Lake Temescal will receive a treatment to reduce excess phosphorus in the water. This treatment will reduce the amount of algae in the lake and on the surface.
We are getting reports of trout, bass, bluegills, and even some catfish being caught at Temescal. With fish plants several of the last few weeks, as well as another fish plant the week of April 2nd, Temescal should continue to be the hot fishing spot!

FEATURED ANGLERS

Paul and Patrick Ciaburro caught this trout on the northwest dock this week!

He did not leave his name, but this young angler caught this six-and-a-half pound largemouth bass using watermelon red Sinko worms.

Chris caught this nice seven-pound trout on Powereggs!

Trevor caught this beautiful trout on the northwest dock!

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 t-shirt 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.
Don Castro received a plant of 750 pounds of trout the week of April 2nd.

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

FEATURED ANGLERS

Glen G. with his catch of trout off the dam with his biggest at four pounds caught using Powerbait.

Local brothers Devin and Noel with their four pound and nearly four pound catches off the bank.

The two Sal's father and Son team out of Castro Valley with their catch from the dock. They each caught their limit by the end of the day.

HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
April: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm; boaters can go through inspection and launch up until 4:00 pm and get banded until 4:00 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.

On March 22nd Fred Omai of San Mateo and Shin Kato of Fremont EACH caught their limit of trout using lures! They were fishing along Fishermen's Row.

On March 23rd Rick Sandoval of San Mateo caught a six-and-a-half pound rainbow trout using yellow Powerbait! He was also fishing along Fishermen's Row.


On March 24th Aldrin and Adrian Manalang of Hayward caught three trout along Fishermen's Row using rainbow Powereggs! The largest trout weighed five pounds!


On March 27th Joey Kaudy of Fremont caught his limit of trout from the pier! He was using Powerbait.


On March 28th Jason Pandolfi of San Francisco caught his limit of trout in ONE HOUR from the pier! He was using Powerbait.

On March 29th Jack Antrim of Hayward caught and released eight trout in TWO HOURS! Jack was fishing from his boat in the front of Horseshoe Lake and was using needlefish lures.


Also on March 29, 2018, Jason Pandolfi returned and caught ANOTHER limit of trout from the pier! This time he was again using Powerbait, but he caught a six-pound trout using a Kastmaster!


On March 30, 2018, Glen of Union City caught four trout by the swim area using garlic Powerbait and Powereggs. Bob Menize of Union City caught three trout from Fishermen's Row using mice tails. His largest trout weighed seven pounds.


Trevor Krug of San Leandro caught four trout on Fisherman’s Row using mice tails.


Brandon caught this beautiful largemouth bass on Shinn Pond!

CONTRA LOMA (ANTIOCH)

HOURS OF OPERATION
April: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm; all watercraft must be off the lake by 6:00 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 down about 5-6 feet.
Contra Loma will receive a fish plant the week of April 2nd and the week of April 23rd!

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.

FEATURED ANGLERS

Trevor Krug of San Leandro caught this nice largemouth bass at Contra Loma throwing a jig.

SHADOW CLIFFS REGIONAL PARK (PLEASANTON)

HOURS OF OPERATION
March – May: 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
Concession: Closed for the season
Marina: Closed for the season

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 6:00 pm.
All watercraft have to be off the lake by 6:00 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: 54 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.

Pep Viera of Dublin caught a nice size trout, he was using mice tails, and he was fishing by the boat launch
BASS
Greg Gabbani of Pleasanton caught and released eight bass. He was using plastic worms and he was fishing in the arroyo.

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 rainy and sunny, with some chilly days.
Anglers have been trying for striped bass from the shoreline.
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 - 5:00 pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
DFW has been cracking down on the illegal 3-pole anglers and the illegal take of stripers off the pier.
Water temperature is in the mid-50s, weather has been sunny and occasionally overcast. Rain is in the forecast for this weekend.
Fishing pressure has been high on the pier 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
Stripers are in full run with anglers catching stripers up to 35 inches. Many stripers being caught in the 24-inch ranger and many schoolies.

OTHER SPECIES
Halibut is in with many anglers catching halibut up to 25 inches.


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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