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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.


• Visit ebparks.org/coronavirus for latest list of COVID-19 related closures. 
Anglers Edge

Vol. 1179 | April 30, 2021


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)

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  
April
May
2750
2000
0 0 0
Lake Chabot  
April
May
2500
1100
0 0 0
Shadow Cliffs  
April
May
2000
1000
0 0 0
Quarry Lakes  
April
May
2500
1750
0 0 0
Contra Loma  
April
May
1500
750
0 0 0
Lake Temescal
April
May
1750
750
0 0 0
Don Castro  
April
May

750
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
April: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm; all watercraft must be off the lake by 7:00 pm.
May: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm; all watercraft must be off the lake by 7:00 pm.
June: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm; all watercraft must be off the lake by 7:00 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 this week. Trout has slowed down because the water is getting warmer and they like the colder water. The Trout can still be caught, you just want to start to fish in deeper water were the water is cooler. The hot spot has been the Lower Narrows and the Dam. Stripers have been biting on Anchovies.

Weather: weather at the lake has been getting warmer. The water temperature is at 67 degrees which is perfect for fishing.

Clarity of water: The water is clear around the Marina and the farther you go to the dam the better the water clarity will get.

Hot spot: Lower Narrows and the Dam have both been very good spots that have been producing both Stripers and Largemouth bass. Catfish have also been biting you just want to target deep holes where they might be hiding.

WHAT BAIT TO USE!!
Stripers- Anchovies and Sardines. Another way to get them is to lure fish with lure that replicate shad or any baitfish.
Catfish- Chicken Liver, Anchovies, Sardines and Night Crawlers. Catfish tend to not be interested in any lures.
Trout- Power bait, Worms, have been working good. Trout also love lures such as Panther Martins, Kastmaster, Roster Tails, and all types of small Spinners.
Largemouth/ Smallmouth- Plastic Worms have been a good choice, another good choice is Jigs or Drop Shots.
Crappie/Panfish- Night Crawlers, Redworms, and little Micro Jigs have been working good as well.

Mateo and Lilianna from Morgan Hill caught three Stripers the biggest one was five-and-a-quarter pounds. They caught them at the Lower Narrows and were using nightcrawlers.

Shawn Lominario from Monterey caught a five-pound Striper while fishing at the Dam. He was using anchovies.

Jason A. from Livermore caught an 18 lb. Striper in Swallow Bay using a swimbait.

Anthony A. from San Jose caught two Stripers that weighed four-and-a-half pounds each. He was fishing in the Lower Narrows, and was using anchovies.

Trent Z from Hayward caught a five-pound Striper. He was fishing in the Lower Narrows and was using anchovies.

Ian Lugtu from San Francisco caught a 7.55 lb. Striper. He was using Anchovies caught at the Lower Narrows.

Mateo from Morgan Hill caught a six-and-a-half-pound Striper. He was fishing at the dam, and was using anchovies.

Luis Medina from Sonoma caught two Stripers the biggest one weighted nearly eight pounds. He was fishing at the dam and was using anchovies.

Mato from Morgan Hill caught his first fish, this huge Striper. He was fishing near the dam, and was using anchovies.

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.
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.

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 lightning trout at Lake Chabot with jigs!

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.

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
April – Memorial Day: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm; Kiosk Hours 6:00 am – 6:00 pm (currently Kiosk only staffed until 1:00 pm); boaters can go through inspection and launch up until 3:00 pm and get banded before 4:00 pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
If the kiosk is closed, please use the yellow Ventek machine to pay for parking (exact change only, please). Please note that the new Ventek is not working currently, but when it is working, it will accept Visa and Mastercard, but will not accept cash.

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 31, 2021, David P. of Hayward caught a five-pound rainbow trout just as he was packing up to leave!  He was using rainbow power bait and was fishing from Fishermen’s Row.

On March 18, 2021, Michael F. of San Jose caught two beautiful trout.  The larger of the two was about 18 ½ inches long and weighed approximately three pounds!  He was fishing in the Kiosk Cove and was using power bait.

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
April: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm; all watercraft must be off the lake by 5:00 pm.
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.


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
March – Memorial Day: 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
Memorial Day to September: 6:00 am to 9:00 pm
All watercraft must be off the lake by 8:00 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.

Joaquin G. caught this stringer of rainbow trout while fishing with jigs at Shadow Cliffs.

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
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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