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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1146 | August 9, 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  
Aug 12-16 0 0
0 0
Aug 19-23 0
0
0
0
Aug 26-30 0
0 750
0
Lake Chabot  
Aug 12-16 0
0
0
0
Aug 19-23 0
0 750
0
Aug 26-30 0 0
0
0
Shadow Cliffs  
Aug 12-16 0
0
0
0
Aug 19-23 0 0 750
0
Aug 26-30 0 0
500
0
Quarry Lakes  
Aug 12-16 0 0
0
0
Aug 19-23 0 0
500
0
Aug 26-30
0 0
500
0
Contra Loma  
Aug 12-16 0 0
0
0
Aug 19-23 0
0
500
0
Aug 26-30
0
0 0
0
Lake Temescal
Aug 12-16 0
0 0
0
Aug 19-23 0
0
0
0
Aug 26-30
0
0
500
0
Don Castro  
Aug 12-16
0
0 0
0
Aug 19-23 0
0 0
0
Aug 26-30
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
August: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm; all watercraft must be off the lake by 7:00 pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The fishing has been HOT for most species of fish this July, Stripers and cats are this week’s main attraction for fishing. Anchovies seem to be the most favored bait then nightcrawlers. The bass are finally off their beds and are in a little deeper water now, fish structure and rock points. Bluegill and crappie are loving red worms and pieces of worms. The fishing is great and I can’t wait to get back out there and get some limits!

BLUEGILL/PANFISH
The panfish have been loving that the bass are off the beds and are very much active. The best baits for the panfish are red worms, nightcrawlers, and little jigs.

TROUT
We aren’t expecting the trout to pick up again until the water temp starts to drop. We did have one 7lb trout caught this week on salmon eggs. They are all in the deep water by the dam.

CATFISH
This last month we had a total of 1500 pounds of catfish planted in the lake. They like the Narrows and Swallow Bay and all the coves with structure. Anchovies and Mackerel have been top producers. Nightcrawlers and sardines have also been a hot ticket for these cats.

BASS
The bass have moved off their beds and are in more open water hanging around rock points, weed lines, drop offs, and any structure you can find. Lots of smallmouth in the two-pound range this week, most being caught on jerk baits, drop shots, and grub jigs. If you like trolling the Smallies can be found in Heron Bay in about 15-foot of water, they have been picking up on the panther martin spinners. Smallmouth bass are being caught around Heron Bay.

STRIPED BASS
The stripers are average size being five and eight pounds. Lots of the bigger fish are being caught in Heron Bay and in the Narrows. The striper boils are growing, and fishermen are taking full advantage, with the boils only lasting from about 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m., you have got to be out here early if you want to be a part of the top water action. After the boils die down, the best bet is frozen cut baits like Anchovies, Sardines, and Shad. The hot striper lures include Flukes (White, Silver/blue), Super spook Jr’s, and anything that could mimic a shad. They are being caught just before Swallow Bay and near the dam.

N. Hashimoto of San Jose caught this six-and-a-half pound catfish with anchovies.

R. Kirk of San Jose caught this eight-and-three-quarter-pound striped bass while fishing with anchovies.

J. Sisneros of Brentwood caught this six-pound striped bass with anchovies.

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!

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 large-mouth bass and catfish 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
August: 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.

Jack A. of Hayward reported that he caught and released an approximately two-and-a-half pound rainbow trout! He was fishing from his boat by the deer fence at the far end of Fishermen's Row and was using a rainbow runner.

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. The reservoir level is slowly coming up. Some boats may have trouble launching.

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 Labor Day: 6:00 am to 9:00 pm
Concession Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Marina Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 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 cool in the mornings with temperatures reaching into the 90s in the afternoon.

Water Temperature: 60 degrees, depending on depth.
Water Clarity: Visibility seems to vary between 10-15 feet.

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 your typical mix of shoreline summer conditions with cold and foggy mornings, clearing into warm and sunny afternoons. Anglers have been catching 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 - 7:00 pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fishing has slowed down with the strong winds and muddy water coming in.
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 pretty uneven, with strong winds and muddy waters

STRIPED BASS
There have been a few striped bass caught from the fishing pier, but most are too small to keep.

OTHER SPECIES
Several rays, jack smelt, and one halibut have been caught along with several sharks, and lots of seaweed.



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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