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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1142 | June 14, 2019

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: Contra Loma, Del Valle, Lake Chabot, Quarry Lakes, 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 of
EBRPD Rainbow Trout (lbs) CDFW Rainbow Trout (lbs) EBRPD Channel Catfish (lbs) CDFW Channel Catfish (lbs)
Del Valle  
June 17-21 0 0
750 0
June 24-28 0
0
0
0
July 1-5 0
0 0
0
Lake Chabot  
June 17-21 0
0
500
0
June 24-28 0
0 0
0
July 1-5 0 0
0
0
Shadow Cliffs  
June 17-21 0
0
0
0
June 24-28 0 0 0
0
July 1-5 0 0
0
0
Quarry Lakes  
June 17-21 0 0
750
0
June 24-28
0 0
0
0
July 1-5
0 0
0
0
Contra Loma  
June 17-21 0 0
0
0
June 24-28
0
0
0
0
July 1-5
0
0 0
0
Lake Temescal
June 17-21 0
0 500
0
June 24-28
0
0
0
0
July 1-5
0
0
0
0
Don Castro  
June 17-21
0
0 0
0
June 24-28
0
0 0
0
July 1-5
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
June: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm; all watercraft must be off the lake by 7:00 pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The lake temperature has been hovering in the high 70’s, making it great weather for striped bass fishing!
The sunfish bite has really picked up at the water temperature increases. We recommend casting some red worms or mini-crawlers. You can find the bluegill and crappie around the weed mats near the shores or near the cattails as they are using these structures for spawning.

TROUT
The trout are almost out of season with only a few caught using smell baits. If you are determined to trout fish, the Heron Bay dam area is going to be your best bet because this area of the lake has the deepest and therefore the coolest water. You will need to get your lures deep to find the trout. Any Powerbaits with extra scents is a good bet.

CATFISH
The catfishing has been slow, but it is still a good bet to use anchovies or large mackerel. Throwing these baits near a fallen tree, as close as possible without getting snagged is the key to getting the catfish on your line. Many of our catfish also enjoy large nightcrawlers. Look for carp along the shoreline, the catfish love to hand around with the carp.

BASS
The bass are moving out here, but are a little lethargic. We really only see them moving to defend their nests, so you are going to want to target them using displacement, such as with lures like rattletraps, crankbaits, or spooks. There are lots of bass around the cattails or reed mats that are around the whole lake. We recommend braided line for bass fishing because the bass will snag you!

STRIPED BASS
The striped bass are moving in the Heron Bay area, preferring to stay near the shorelines. Later in the day, the striped bass move down to the upper narrows. For bait, we suggest using cut anchovies or sardines. We recommend casting your bait as far out towards the channel as possible. If you prefer to use splittail swimbaits, topwater spooks, or shad imitations, you will be in luck. The striped bass seem to really be honing in on these. Cast lures at sharp points along the shore, near deep areas of the lake.

-As always enjoy the rest of your week and please be safe out there my personal thoughts and prayers are with the people who lost their lives out here at Del Valle since the last fishing report -Captain Jacob

Andrew S. caught a six-pound rainbow trout while he was drifting mice tails near the north end of the lake.

Ryder A. of San Jose caught these eight-pound striped bass while fishing with nightcrawlers in the Narrows.

Kenny K. of Livermore caught two, 10-pound striped bass while fishing in Swallow Bay. He was fishing with anchovies.

Adam W. of Livermore caught this 20-pound striped bass!

Jacob H. of Livermore caught two trout, both weighing nearly five pounds. He was fishing with chartreuse Powerbait by the dam.

Kenny K. of Livermore caught two striped bass, each weighing seven pounds. He was fishing with anchovies by the dam.

Nick S. of Livermore caught this six-pound, 11-ounce striped bass while fishing with a fluke.

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, www.facebook.com/lakechabot, for weekly updates on fishing conditions.

TROUT
We have had a few reports of trout caught reported to the marina. If you would like to report your catches, please come to the marina, and we will take your picture!

BASS
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!

Isabella and Aliyah both caught their first fish while they were fishing at Lake Chabot! Isabelle caught her bluegill while fishing with nightcrawlers, while Aliyah caught her trout while fishing with salmon egg flavored Powerbait. Congratulations!!

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 largemouth bass and rainbow trout being caught, but we have not received any photos. If you would like your catches highlighted here, approach park staff!

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
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
June: 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.

Lots of limits of trout are being caught lately! Please remember that the limit is FIVE trout.

On June 1st, one of our favorite regular boaters, Jack A. of Hayward, caught and released SEVEN trout! The largest weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces!!! Jack caught that whopper from his boat using a rainbow runner. He was fishing in the front of Horseshoe Lake. The next largest trout weighed six pounds, one ounce and the next weighed four pounds. The other four trout weighed between one and two pounds. He caught all of the rest of the trout from his boat using a rainbow runner off the back side of the Peninsula.

On June 1st, six-year old Roman caught a six-and-three-quarters-pound catfish! He was using anchovies and was fishing from the Peninsula.

On June 1st, Erwin caught a five-and-a-half pound trout from Fisherman's Row using Powerbait.

On June 3rd, Lawrence of San Jose caught his limit on trout - the largest weighing six-and-a-quarter pounds. He was fishing from the peninsula and was fishing with micetails.

On June 9th, Jack A. of Hayward caught and released six trout using a rainbow runner from his boat! Jack was fishing on the back side of Horseshoe Lake. His three largest fish weighed up to seven pounds!

On June 10th, Harley of Fremont caught an eight-pound catfish from the fishing pier with a worm.

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

Contra Loma has a great sunfish population including Bluegill and Redear Sunfish. These fish can usually be found in the shallower and more vegetated coves and along the dam face. We would recommend using small lures or worms if you are targeting the sunfish.

TROUT
Trout fishing has slowed down as the water temperature increased and we prepare to start stocking catfish for the summer.
We recommend fishing with Powerbait, lures, or nightcrawlers for the trout. Try fishing at the boat ramp area, or the Channel Point dock areas. Right now the trout seem to be congregating near the swim lagoon.

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

BASS
The black bass population at Contra Loma is thriving with lots of large bass in the lake! They will bite at artificial lures and baits, and they tend to chase the stocked trout, so a good swimming lure that resembles a trout should help you hook into some of the bass in the lake.

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
May to September: 6:00 am to 9:00 pm
Concession Hours: Weekends Only until Memorial Day: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Marina Hours: Weekends Only until Memorial Day: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Boat banding ends at 8:00 pm.
All watercraft have to be off the lake by 8:00 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.

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been HOT and has slowed trout fishing. As the temperatures continue to increase through the summer, the remaining trout will head for deep, cold water, so you will need to either be in a boat or fishing in deep water to get to them.

Water Temperature: 55 degrees, depending on depth.
Water Clarity: Visibility seems to vary between 10-15 feet.

Boaters around the lake are still catching trout in the deeper waters, but as the water temperatures rise, it will harder to catch the trout from shore. The bass are starting to come into the shallows and build nests, court, and spawn. If you throw a lure, they may hit it hard and put up a great fight.

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 pretty typical for this time of spring. Foggy, cold, and windy in the mornings, clearing to somewhat clear skies and warm temperatures by mid-day.

Anglers have been fishing for striped bass from the shoreline.
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
Fishing has been picking up, as the spring gets closer. The spring striper run should bring more fish into San Pablo Bay. Temperatures have been 50-60 during the day with rain coming on and off almost daily.

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
We are seeing more striped bass being caught at the end of the pier. The best baits we can recommend would be chunks of jack smelt, anchovies, and pile worms.

OTHER SPECIES
Several bat rays, leopard sharks, kingfish, jack smelt, herring and a few undersized halibut have been caught as well. Squid or anchovies are a good choice of bait to soak for most of these species. We would recommend fishing between the first and second wind breaks.



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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