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Notice
Fishing at the Parks remains open. Anglers are able to walk into the parks and fish. Please wear face mask and maintain social distancing of 6 feet. NO gatherings. Anglers must carry a Daily Fishing Permit, state fishing license and abide by state regulations. All regulations, bag limits, slot limits still apply.


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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1176 | February 19, 2021


Collection of all fees will resume effective Monday, January 4, 2021.
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)

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.

Water / Week of EBRPD Rainbow Trout (lbs) CDF&W Rainbow Trout (lbs) EBRPD  Mt Lassen Trout (lbs) CDF&W Channel Catfish (lbs)
Del Valle  
February
March
1500
2750
0
0
0
0
0
0
Lake Chabot  
February
March
1500
2000
0
0
0
0
0
0
Shadow Cliffs  
February
March
1500
2250
2000
0
0
0
0
0
Quarry Lakes  
February
March 
2250
2000
1000
0
0
0
0
0
Contra Loma  
February
March
1250
2500
1000
0
0
0
0
0
Lake Temescal
February
March
1000
1500
1000
0
0
0
0
0
Don Castro  
February
March
1000
1000
0
0
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 7pm unless otherwise posted.

General Activity

DEL VALLE (LIVERMORE) »

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

Boaters are required to prepay boat inspection and boat launch at Del Valle and Quarry Lakes at www.ebparks.org/Register and bring proof with them to limit touchpoints.
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.

Fishing at Lake Del Valle has been pretty good for Stripers and Trout The hot spots to catch any fish this week has been the Lower Narrows and at the Dam.

Weather: The weather this past week has been raining and cold.

Clarity of water: There is a 3-foot water visibility due to the muddy and cloudy conditions because of the rain.

Temperature of lake: 55 Degrees F.

Hot spots: Lower Narrows and Dam

Here is a report from Dr. Al:
“Al Hurwitz of Saratoga and Abbey Lev of Sunnyvale trolled the lake on Feb. 11, 2021 for about 4.5 hours. We had only one bite, a nice Smallmouth Bass caught and released at the end of our outing. We trolled with Jointed Rapala Shad Raps and Panther Martin Spinners, applying scent to the lures. The Bass was caught on the western shore of the lake south of Heron Bay using a 1/4 oz Panther Martin lure trolled about 15 feet below the surface in a 30-foot water column. Most of the fish on our sonar unit were located in the southern part of the lake (where fish stocking takes place). Unfortunately for trollers, the water in the southern part of the lake is now stained with dirt runoff and algae making lure visibility poor. There are better trolling conditions in the northern part of the lake where the water is crystal clear, but where the fish are more scattered and fewer in number. Furthermore, with the lake down 12 feet from its peak and a low-pressure cold weather front approaching today, I think the use of live and imitation baits would be much more successful than trolling artificial lures (particularly for Rainbow Trout). As the water rises with the ongoing rains and as the overall lake water clarity improves, trolling will become more efficient and successful.
Thanks as always to the staff who are always very helpful.
All the best, Dr. Al Hurwitz”


Jack Forzano from Livermore caught a 8.10 lb. Trout he was using a Panther Martin caught at the Dam.

Lukas Hughes from Salinas caught a 7.15 lb. Trout he was using a Kastmaster caught at the Lower Narrows.

Roberta Star From San Jose caught a 7.40 lb. Striper she was using Anchovies caught at the Dam.

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY) »

HOURS OF OPERATION
November-February: 6:30 am – 5:00 pm with boats due in by 4:30 pm.
March: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm; all boats are due back to the marina by 6:30 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!

Joaquin and his son caught some trout with orange spoons at Lake Chabot.

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.

Joaquin G. caught a full string of trout while fishing with a  gold spoon.

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD) »

HOURS OF OPERATION
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.


Damian, age 6 from Hayward caught this 6.5 pound rainbow trout from the dock using a mousetail. This was Damian’s first time fishing ever! Even better, this big fish was off of his VERY FIRST cast!

HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT) »

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
February-March: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; Kiosk Hours: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; boaters can go through inspection and launch up until 4:00 pm and get banded before 5:00 pm

Boaters are required to prepay boat inspection and boat launch at Del Valle and Quarry Lakes at  www.ebparks.org/Register and bring proof with them to limit touchpoints.

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.

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

On January 21, 2021, Jack A. of Hayward caught ten trout, released eight of them and gave away the two largest, an eight-pound trout and a five-pound trout!  He was using his trademark rainbow runner and was fishing towards the back of Horseshoe Lake.

On January 24, 2021, eleven-year old Oliver S. of San Carlos caught this 9 lb. trout on Sunday, Jan. 24, off a pink/white mousetail at the end of Fishermen’s Row.  He reeled it in all by himself and his dad netted it.

On January 29, 2021, Jack A. of Hayward caught his limit of trout, the largest of which weighed 8.8 pounds!  He was using his trademark rainbow runner, hand-painted by his friend Shin, and was fishing from his boat in the back of Horseshoe Lake.

Also on January 29, 2021, Matt A. of Milpitas caught a 6.6-pound trout. He was using Powerbait and was fishing from the Peninsula

On February 05, 2021, Jack A. of Hayward caught a five-pound trout from his boat using his trademark rainbow runner!

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.

CONTRA LOMA (ANTIOCH) »

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

Joaquin G. caught a full stringer of trout while fishing with some orange spoons.


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
February: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm; Boat Banding ends at 4:00 pm
All watercraft must be off the lake by 4:00 pm
March – May: 6:00 am to 7:00 pm; Boat banding ends at 6:00 pm
All watercraft must be off the lake by 6:00 pm
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

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
Shuttle service is currently suspended.

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.
Fishing has been uneven, with strong winds and muddy waters.
A few Striped Bass have been caught, some between 20-35 inches, but most are too small.

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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