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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1125 | October 19, 2018

NOTICE: Catfish plants are finished for the year, and we will resume trout plants when water temperatures cool down. We will keep you updated on here when stocking resumes.

 (Sec. 404.3): NO SMOKING on EBRPD property, including all piers, parks & trails.
NEW Resolution Ord. 38, Sec. 404.3 - Passed

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.

Water / Week EBRPD Rainbow Trout (lbs) CDFW Rainbow Trout (lbs) EBRPD Channel Catfish (lbs) CDFW Channel Catfish (lbs)
Del Valle  
10/15/18 0 0
0 0
10/22/18 1000
0
0
0
10/29/18 750
0 0
0
Lake Chabot  
10/15/18 750
0
0
0
10/22/18 0
0 0
0
10/29/18 750 0
0
0
Shadow Cliffs  
10/15/18 0
0
0
0
10/22/18 1000 0 0
0
10/29/18 0 0
0
0
Quarry Lakes  
10/15/18 1000 0
0
0
10/22/18
750 0
0
0
10/29/18
0 0
0
0
Contra Loma  
10/15/18 0 0
0
0
10/22/18
750
0
0
0
10/29/18
1200
0 0
0
Lake Temescal
10/15/18 750
0 0
0
10/22/18
0
0
0
0
10/29/18
750
0
0
0
Don Castro  
10/15/18
0
0 0
0
10/22/18
0
0 0
0
10/29/18
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 7 pm 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.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Here is the fishing report from Captain Jacob at the Del Valle Marina:
The lake temperature has been dropping into the mid to low-60s. The lake level has been dropped as Del Valle prepares for the fall and winter seasons.
Sunfish are always a good bet out at Lake Del Valle. We recommend using jumbo red worms. Bluegill are found mostly in weed mats or under wooden structure near the shoreline. Sunfish are always a great option for younger anglers, and are easy fish to catch for kids!

CATFISH
Catfish have been biting well on anchovies and sardines. Many are still being caught out in the coves of Heron Bay or at the fallen trees that are by shore along the west beach.
TROUT
With the milder water temps and our first stocks of the season, we are getting reports of trout getting caught on Powerbait and micetails. They are still waiting for cooler water, so the best place to fish for trout now is off a boat out by the dam. Another great place to catch some good-sized trout is along the east beach. We are seeing loads of anglers catching their limits of trout along the beach.
BASS
Small and largemouth bass have been feeding on the top of the water. They have been biting aggressively on medium sized Spooks. The largemouth bass have been especially voracious on the top, and a good subsurface jerk bait would be a good bet as well. We recommend working the rock points in the narrows or along reed patches in the coves that are bottoming out. With winter approaching, the largemouth and smallmouth have been voracious in feeding. The smallmouth are REALLY going after small paddletail swimbaits and Kastmasters.
STRIPED BASS
The striped bass are not boiling anymore but are still feeding on bait, mostly anchovies up near the dam. You can still throw swimbaits at the points along the shoreline and the rock point at the Hetch Hetchy group campsite is one of the best places. Anchovies and sardines have been great bait to throw from shore; you just want to get out into the channel as far as you can. From boat, the rock points near the shoreline are a good place to target with bait. If you are here in the early morning, there are a few smaller schools running in Heron Bay. Swimbaits are a good lure to use with a forktailed rubber fluke being a reliable option.

As always good luck fishing – Captain Jacob

Robert Y of Livermore caught this over six pound largemouth bass in the lower narrows. He was fishing with grubs.

Derek C. of Santa Clara caught this half-pound bluegill and one-pound smallmouth bass across from the marina. He was fishing with night crawlers.

Tiber C of San Mateo caught two, two-pound smallmouth bass on a Kastmaster while he was fishing in Heron Bay.

Jarred B of San Jose caught this eight-pound catfish using anchovies. He was also fishing in Heron Bay.

Jesus F of Clayton caught this seven-and-a-half pound catfish using anchovies.

Francisco L of San Jose caught this five-pound trout on Powerbait in Heron Bay.

Peter R of San Jose caught this seven-pound striped bass while fishing top water in Heron Bay.

Daniel H. of Livermore caught this five-pound largemouth bass using a swimbait in the Narrows.

Phabian W of Livermore is our star of the week! He caught stripers weighing six, seven, and eight pounds and four smallmouth bass (weighing between one pound and three pounds)!!!

Jacob H of Livermore caught a three-pound largemouth and a seven-pound catfish!

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.
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.
All of our boats are half off Wednesday, including Patio Boats!

CATFISH
We’ve had a few reports of catfish caught reported to the marina. If you’d like to report your catches, please come to the marina, and we’ll take your picture!
BASS
Many 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!

Joaquin G. caught this largemouth bass while throwing a trout jig 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.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fishing has been slow with only a few reports of bass and bluegill being caught.

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.

Joaquin G. caught this rainbow on a spoon while fishing at Lake Temescal.

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

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
October: Park Hours: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm; Kiosk Hours: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; boaters can go through inspection and launch up until 5:00 pm and get banded before 6:00 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.

On October 6th, Anthony E. of Redwood City caught five trout! They weighed approximately two pounds each. He was using pumpkin Powerbait and a Kastmaster and was fishing along Fishermen’s Row.

On October 7th, Lionel S of Union City caught a 12 and a half pound catfish! He was fishing from Peninsula Point, and was using a mouse-tail.

Lionel returned on October 11th and caught another monster catfish! This one weighed 11 and a half pounds! He was fishing in El Cerrito Cove and was using micetails.

On October 12th, Jack A of Hayward caught and released six trout. He was using a rainbow runner and was fishing from his boat in the middle of Horseshoe Lake!

On October 15th Dexter M of Union City caught a two pound trout using an SR-5 Rapala. He was fishing from his kayak in from of Fishermen’s Row.

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

Joaquin G. and Trevor K. caught some trout while fishing from Fisherman’s Row and the old boat launch. They were using red and gold spoons and jigs.

Lionel S. of Union City caught this 11 and a half pound catfish in the middle of Horseshoe Lake!

CONTRA LOMA (ANTIOCH) »

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS

NOTICE
Reservoir has been lowered for Phase 2 of the Contra Loma Boat Launch Facility Improvement. Trailer boats are unable to launch. Other boats will need to be carried to the water and launched from the shore.

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.

Bluegill and other sunfish have been biting on lures and worms. They are being caught all around the lake!

TROUT
Trout fishing has been slow for the summer. We would suggest that tiger tail lures in pink or yellow would be the best lures to try! Try using Powerbait or nightcrawlers as well.
CATFISH
Catfishing has slowed down now that they are no longer being stocked. Try fishing for catfish at Channel Point or Loma Island with anchovies, nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Boaters have been doing well toward the middle of the reservoir or along the dam.
BASS
Black Bass have been biting with artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake or from boats. Both boat anglers and shore-casters are having luck, so keep moving if you are not catching!

SHADOW CLIFFS REGIONAL PARK (PLEASANTON) »

HOURS OF OPERATION
October: 6:00 am to 7:00 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 very nice in the mornings with temperatures reaching into the 80s in the afternoon.
Water Temperature: 68 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 at Miller/Knox has been cool at night and in the mornings, with it being sunny and calm during the day.
Anglers are reporting catching red rock crabs from the pier.
The pier lights are back up and functioning at night.
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 slow with only a few fish per week. Weather has been windy and temperatures have been cool, in the high-60s to high-70s.
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 have had five striped bass reported caught. They ranged in size from 20 to 25 inches, with one large one at 35 inches. Anchovies and jacksmelt were the primary baits used.
OTHER SPECIES
Lots of Jacksmelt have been caught and we had one massive 37” halibut caught!



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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