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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1183 | November 24, 2021


Starting the Week of October 24th, we began stocking Rainbow Trout for the winter season!

Collection of all fees has resumed!
This will include Iron Rangers and VenTek machines in addition to collection of fees in the kiosks.

NO SMOKING on EBRPD property, including all piers, parks & trails. (Ord. 38, Sec. 404.3)

The District is happy to announce that during the week of Thanksgiving (Nov 21-27), Del Valle and Lake Chabot, and the week of Christmas (Dec 19-25) Contra Loma and Lake Temescal will each receive a plant of 500 pounds of Mt. Lassen’s special Lightning Trout. These rainbow trout are golden in color with a bright red stripe down their sides and a bright red gill plate. They look like neon lights shooting through the water and their meat resembles that of a salmon. They are truly a beautiful, great fighting, and great eating trout! Head out to one of these two lakes for a special chance to catch some of these amazing fish!

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.

NOTICE: The East Bay Regional Park District is currently open, and allowing fishing where fishing is permittable. Please wear face mask and practice safe Social Distancing. Daily Fishing Permits and State of California Fishing Licenses are required. All regulations, bag limits, slot limits still apply.

Anglers' Edge Planting Information (PDF)

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 7pm unless otherwise posted.

General Activity

DEL VALLE (LIVERMORE) »

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
October: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm; all watercraft must be off the lake by 6:00 pm.
November-February: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm; all watercrafts must be off the lake by 5:00 pm.

Don’t forget to fish Lake Del Valle anyone 16 or older must have a Del Valle Fishing Permit, and a California Fishing License. The Fishing Permit is $5.00 per person 16 or older. You can purchase them at the Main Kiosk or at the Bait Store located at the Marina. For the Fishing License you can purchase them at the Bait Store. It is $17.02 for the day. And if you are a California residence for the year it would be $52.66.

The stripers have been boiling like crazy in several areas of Lake Del Valle!
Weather: The lake has been warm, ranging in the high 60s to about 85 degrees. The water surface temperature is 70 degrees.
Clarity of water: The water is clear around the Marina and clarity will increase as you get closer to the dam.
Hot spots: The hot spots have been the lower narrows, swallow bay, and by the dam.

WHAT BAIT TO USE!!
Stripers- Anchovies

Catfish- Chicken Liver, Anchovies, Sardines and Night Crawlers. Catfish tend to not be interested in any lures.

Trout- Power bait, Worms, have been working well. Trout also love lures such as Panther Martins,

Kastmaster, Rooster Tails, and all types of small Spinners. Trout are still relatively slow due to the warm water.

Largemouth/ Smallmouth- Plastic Worms have been a good choice, another good choice is Jigs or Drop Shots, various spinners

Crappie/Panfish- Night Crawlers, Redworms, and little Micro Jigs have been working good as well..

Rocky from Sunnyvale caught a Striper at the Dam on Anchovies.

Al Hurwitz of Saratoga and Abbey Lev of Sunnyvale trolled Lake Del Valle on October 7, 2021 searching for Bass, particularly Smallmouth Bass. We trolled
long and hard, but had only four bites, and caught two fish. Fortunately, the two caught fish were good ones, depicted in the photos below. The top picture is Abbey with his 1.2 lb. Crappie. The lower photo is Al with a 1.5 lb. Smallmouth. Both were caught in the area adjacent and just north of the Marina. We used 1/4 oz. Panther Martin Spinners with scent applied. The spinners were trolled 20 feet below the surface in 30 foot water columns. There were numerous fish located near the Marina seen on our sonar unit, but it was extremely difficult to get them to bite! An approaching low-pressure system may have been responsible for the very slow action. The lake water is quite clear now, with a surface temperature of 70 degrees. It was breezy today (which usually stimulates a Smallie bite). We will be back next week when hopefully a stable weather and lake pattern will get us into more feeding fish. The Smallmouth Bass should be more aggressively feeding in the fall days ahead, as they continue to forage in anticipation of winter. Some of our larger Del Valle Smallmouths have been caught during the fall.
     All the best, Dr. Al Hurwitz

 

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY) »

HOURS OF OPERATION
October: Monday – Thursday 6:00 am – 5:30 pm with boats due in by 5:00 pm.
October: Friday – Sunday 6:00 am – 6:30 pm with boats due in by 6:00 pm.

November-February: 6:30 am – 5:00 pm with boats due in by 4:30 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.

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
If you would like your catches highlighted here, please contact park staff.

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD) »

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
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
October: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
November – December: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm


GENERAL CONDITIONS
If the kiosk is closed, please use the yellow Ventek machine to pay for parking. 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.

If you want to report your catches, or have your photo taken, please come to the kiosk, and we will take your information!

CONTRA LOMA (ANTIOCH) »

HOURS OF OPERATION 
October: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
November-February: 7:00 am – 5:30 pm; all watercraft must be off the lake by 3:30 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.


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

SHADOW CLIFFS REGIONAL PARK (PLEASANTON) »

HOURS OF OPERATION
October: 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
November – February: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

The boat launch is closed to trailered boats, watercraft that can be carried to the lake are still allowed to launch.

Concession Hours: Closed for the season
Marina Hours: 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

Please note boaters must be 100 feet away from the fish tube, swim ropes and the boat docks.
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.

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

Attention anglers:  Please do your part to keep the pier clean! 
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
Park/Gate hours 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Starting January 30th, the parking lots close at 6:30 pm
There are NO SHUTTLE SERVICES until further notice.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
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.

ANTIOCH (OAKLEY) »

HOURS OF OPERATION
PIER OPEN 24/7 - Free Parking - No Overnight Camping
NO SMOKING in the park or on the pier



General Fishing Information
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 [PDF] 

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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