The East Bay Regional Park District and the California Department of Fish and Game (DF&G) are planting more rainbow trout this December than ever before. East Bay Regional Park District lakes - Del Valle, Lake Chabot, Quarry Lakes, Shadow Cliffs and Lake Temescal - are receiving over 17,000 pounds of rainbow trout from the District plus over 6,000 pounds of rainbow trout from the DFG.
According to Park District Fisheries Program Manager Pete Alexander, “These rainbow trout range from ¾ to over 10 pounds each! Now is a great time to get out and fish the East Bay lakes, enjoy the beautiful scenery and perhaps take home a meal of trout!”
In spite of winter rains and runoff, the East Bay Regional Park District lakes provide excellent fishing opportunities. Some reservoirs, namely Del Valle, Chabot and Temescal, may become too turbid to fish following a big storm, Alexander advises, while Quarry Lakes and Shadow Cliffs remain relatively clear and highly productive.
“The East Bay Regional Park District lake parks are a wonderful ‘close to home’ resource for winter anglers and hikers alike,” said Alexander. “At several lakes you and your family might be lucky enough to see an osprey or bald eagle fishing for trout as well!”
“We want to create opportunities for families to spend quality time together through the time-honored tradition of fishing,” said DFG acting Regional Manager Scott Wilson. “Fishing, like many other outdoor pursuits, helps keep people connected to their natural environment.” DF&G’s Fishing in the City program has enhanced fishing near areas where people live and work. This is accomplished though enhanced stocking, habitat improvement and learn-to-fish clinics.
A state fishing license is required of all anglers age 16 or older. District lakes also require a $5 daily Park District fishing permit. Anglers under the age of 16 may fish for free, while abiding by all fishing regulations. The District utilizes these fishing access funds in order to maintain a vigorous planting program year round. The District generates approximately $525,000 in revenues from fishing access permits each year – which all goes towards fish plants.
For the schedule of fish plants, and reports on which fish are biting and where, read the District’s Anglers Edge newsletter online.
Learn more about the DF&G’s Fishing in the City and fish stocking programs.