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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
  • 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.

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

Bay Area lakes still kicking out big trout!

WON Staff Writer

OAKLAND – Bay Area anglers enjoyed a fantastic winter trout season with regular limits and big fish over 10 pounds. Now, as the water warms up, and the forage fish reach bait size, the bass have moved into the shallows. The males are doing their pre-spawn dance and the larger females are getting ready to play.


Lake Del Valle Lightning trout combined with rainbows continue to fill angler stringers from the East Swim Beach and up through the Narrows on Power Bait, tube jigs, micro-spoons, Kastmaster’s and nightcrawlers. Largemouth and smallies remain active. Shakers and a few keepers taken on anchovies are in the mix. Senkos, Yum Dingers, and Husky jerk baits fished shallow in Badger Cove, Swallow Bay, and Heron Bay continue to work for the buckets and spinners and Rapalas for smallies. Water temps remain in the low 60’s, water level 97 percent.

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.


Lake Chabot continues to produce trout limits up to 6 pounds for shore anglers using a mix of baits to include, Power Bait, micro-spoons, jigs, and night crawlers. Indian Cove-Racoon Point and Catfish Landing remain the best spots. There are now regular bass hookups for fish up to 6 pounds in the tules at the back of Honker Bay, Bass Cove, and West of Coot Landing. Try shallow diver crank baits, Shad Rap’s and Senkos. The East Bay Regional Parks planted 1000 pounds of Mt. Lassen Farms rainbows during the last week of April.

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!


Lake Temescal received 500 pounds of Mt. Lassen Hatchery Lightning trout last week and fishing was very good with limits of gold for most anglers! Try Power Bait, jigs, spoons, or spinners in the deeper water on the West side of the lake between the tules and the dam. Bass are post-spawn, but smaller males are still cruising the shallows. Try Senkos, plastics on a drop shot or shallow running crank baits.


Don Castro received an East Bay Regional Parks plant of 750 pounds of Mt. Lassen Hatchery rainbows two weeks ago. There may be a holdover trout or two remaining but the best bite will be for small bluegill, cats or carp.

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.


Quarry Lakes, aka. Horseshoe Lake. Received 500 pounds of rainbows and 500 pounds of Lightning trout. Try Power Bait or Mice Tails, fished close to shore out to 20 feet from the boat ramp to the Rainbow Lake causeway, the top end of the lake near the swim beach, or deeper water near the Fruit Grove Tree area.

If the kiosk is closed, please use the yellow Ventek machine to pay for parking. 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.

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 trout action is very good. The East Bay Regional Parks planted 1000 pounds Mt. Lassen rainbows last week and combined with holdover fish from previous plants action remains consistent for fish to 3 pounds from the shoreline at Channel Point, the Swim Lagoon, and Quail Cove. Bass action remains decent with reports of fish to 4 pounds. Try Senkos, plastics on a drop shot, and crank baits.

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!


The boat launch is CLOSED for the 2022 season due to low water levels. No watercraft of any kind will be permitted to launch until further notice.

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.


  • EBRPD Daily Fishing Permit
  • CA State Fishing License - Catch and Release
  • Barbless Hooks
  • Artificial lures
  • Float tubes only.


Reminder to boaters: Seas have been rough due to the high winds!
Attention anglers: Please do your part to keep the pier clean!


Reminder to boaters: Please check conditions before launching your boat as conditions can change quickly.


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


  • 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 or fax it to (510) 635-3478 (attn: Membership) $180.

New regulations require possession of a Sturgeon Fishing Report Card.
FishSize LimitNumber per day


No limit



No limit


Black bass

12 inches minimum


Striped bass

18 inches minimum



40-60 inches in fork-length


Crappie, Bluegill
& Sunfish

No limit

25 in combination


No limit

No limit

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