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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1020  | September 25, 2014

*** NOTICE > Asiatic Clam Sightings - What you Need to Know (Acrobat PDF) ***  
*** ATTENTION BOATERS - Please Prevent Mussels From Invading Our Lakes ***
To prevent the destructive Quagga and Zebra mussels from potentially shutting down the water delivery system, EBRPD is asking all boaters to prevent the spread of mussels into East Bay reservoirs and lakes. Inspections include motorboats, rowboats, kayaks, canoes and float tubes.
If you are launching your own boat at Lake Chabot, Del Valle, Quarry Lakes or Contra Loma, be prepared for a mandatory boat inspection. There are no bands or inspections at Shadow Cliffs.

 An Annual Invasive Inspection Permit is now available for $40.

Wet boats, motors or gear will be denied launching.Read more...  

Attention Anglers - EBRPD Fishing Rules

  1. DO NOT LET YOUR DOG EAT RAW TROUT/SALMON as they may be infected with a parasitic disease which can be fatal to your pet.For more information call EBRPD at 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757) or (510) 635-0135.
  2. EBRPD recommends all bass be released.Please do not remove tags from 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 trout.
  4. All park hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. unless otherwise posted.
  5. Please remember to clean up any fouled line and bait containers. Wildlife can be injured or killed by fishing line!

Fish Thrive in Christmas Tree Reefs

Our underwater camera caught some Gamefish Swimming around a submerged Christmas tree reef created by our fisheries management staff and volunteers.

Please use the special fishing line disposal tubes at Del Valle, Lake Chabot and Shadow Cliffs.  
Recycling your broken fishing monofiliment helps protect wildlife.

General Activity


The weather has been nice with decent temperatures and but the bite isn’t steady. The water temperature is 75 degrees at the end dock and the clarity’s almost clear with a five foot visibility. Stripers are boiling in the afternoons around the Narrows area and in front of the reeds across from the Marina. They are still biting out at the Dam on Anchovies or using lures. Catfish are still biting on Anchovies or you can try stink bait in the Narrows, South End, Heron Bay or the Dam area. Smallmouth Bass bite has been decent. Doc Al had nice numbers of them last week, catching them on Panther Martins trolling in 20 feet deep water. You can also use lures or drop shotting may give you some luck too. As for Largemouth, try the mornings with top waters, but no specific areas. Good luck to you all!

Doc Al’s Fishing Report September 4, 2014
Al Hurwitz of Saratoga and Abbey Lev of Sunnyvale are again having success catching Smallmouth Bass. They landed 23 fish today, while hooking up with 30 or more all told (seven fish didn't stay pinned). In the mix of fish landed, there were 21 Smallmouths, the largest pair of these weighing 1.5+ lbs. There was also a nice 2 lb. Largemouth bass caught, along with a 17.5 inch Striped bass. All fish were released. Once more the best lures were Panther Martins trolled at 2.0-2.5 mph, catching most fish 20-25 feet below the surface in a 35-40 foot water column. Scent on the lures helps the bite. The water remains quite clear. Surface temperature was 76-78 degrees. Fish were caught all over the lake. The aggressiveness of the Smallmouth bite is very evident. I suspect that other hard baits and soft baits will also work, provided they are at the right depth, relate to under water structure and surface points, and "match the hatch" (Threadfin Shad). For those wanting a lot of fun with this "catch and release" approach to some great fresh water fishing, go after the "Smallies".-Dr. Al Hurwitz

Featured Anglers:
Luke Voroshuck of Santa Cruz caught a stringer of stripers weighing at 9.6 lbs. with the largest being 2.6 lbs. on anchovies to the left of the Dam
Mike Schley of Livermore caught a 7.7 lb. catfish on anchovies out by the Dam
Eric Burnan of Santa Cruz caught an 8.7 lb. catfish on anchovies out at the Dam and a 5 lb. trout on worms in Herron Bay

NOTE: Use of Lead Fishing Tackle is Prohibited at Quarry Lakes
Download: Lead Fishing Tackle Awareness brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF


NOTE: Use of lead fishing tackle is prohibited at Quarry Lakes. Please come to the entry kiosk to exchange your lead weights for non-lead.

Quarry Lakes has  monofilament recycling stations!
Park gate hours are currently 6am – 7pm.

Despite the 2,000 pounds of rainbow trout that has been planted in the last two weeks, catfishing has been better than the trout fishing, even when the anglers are geared up to catch trout!  On September 14, 2014, Peter Simpson of Fremont caught a 4.5-pound catfish from the left side of the beach on Power Bait!  On September 19, 2014, Brad Moore of San Jose caught a 9.1-pound catfish while trolling for trout by the left side of the beach using a brokenback Rapala!


Fishing remains slow at Temescal. Anglers are trying, and a few are catching a catfish or two, but it is slow going.


Park Hours:
For September is 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 6:00 p.m.
For October is 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; all water craft must be of the lake by 5:00 p.m.

Reminder to boaters:  All watercraft (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.

Fishing has been good.
- Catfish have been biting on nightcrawlers, anchovies, shrimp, or chicken liver at Channel Point or near the Swim Lagoon.
- Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake.
- Crappie and bluegill has been biting on jigs or worms at Loma Island or Channel Point area.  Anglers have been doing well fishing from a boat with artificial baits or lures.
- Trout fishing slowed down. Try using Power Baits or nightcrawlers at anywhere around the lake.

* Matilde from Antioch caught a 10.14 lb. catfish on anchovies to the right of Channel Point Dock.
* Tom McGruder caught & released a 13 lb. Largemouth black bass with a lure near the Swim Lagoon.
* Mario Simons caught & released a 7.12 lb. Largemouth black bass on worms near the Boat Ramp.


Overall, fishing has been fairly slow this week.   No reports of whoppers were caught this past week, but we did have several nice bass and catfish that did come close reported.  Hopefully the Catfish bite will pick up a little with the rain. Water temperature is currently around 70 degrees with 5 feet visibility. The water level of the lake remains extremely low, with plenty of shoreline due to a lack of rain this season.

When you bring in your big fish, we will take your picture and give you a “Lake Chabot Whopper Club” button. If you catch a whopper over 5 lbs. (trout), 8 lbs. (catfish) or 3 lbs. (bass) you will receive a whopper club pin. For beginning anglers, if you have any questions on what to use, please come down to the Marina and one of our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you get set up for your fishing adventure.
All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays!  Our schedule for the marina has changed to Monday through Thursday from 6 AM – 5 PM. Boat rentals will stop at  4 PM and are due back in at 5 PM. Friday through Sunday  hours are 6 AM-6 PM. Boat rentals stop at 5 pm and are due back in at 6 PM

Attention all boaters we now offer food delivery to your boat! Call the marina and place an order of $25 or more and your food will be brought out directly to your boat! Credit/Debit only. Also, every third Friday of the month is free Friday! Free parking, boat launch, dog fees!!! No district fishing permits needed (but all anglers 16 and older do need state fishing license).  
HALF OFF ALL BOAT RENTALS including Patio Boats! Tuesday — Thursday, excluding holidays

Several nice sized catfish were reported getting caught during the day, but the real action is fishing in the evening.  Reports of big cats caught in the evening fishing over by Catfish Landing on the west shore trail around 8 to 10 pm. Ken Kruse continues to pull out limits these past several weeks on mackerel fishing behind the Island and also back in Bass Cove.  Water temperature will determine how active catfishing will be. The warmer the water, the more active they will be, especially in the evening. This time of the year catfish are going to be located by Raccoon point, behind the island, in coves by the dam and in bass cove. Anglers are using a variety of baits including: mackerel, anchovies and chicken liver.   

Trout fishing is extremely slow this time of the year.  But on the bright side the lake temperature is starting to cool down meaning trout fishing will start picking back up again.  The best spot to fish for trout right now is down by the dam where the water is a lot cooler. If you are going to be trolling, the best lures to use are Flicker Shads, Firetiger Rapalas, Kastmasters and Mirashads, but make sure to use some split shots about two feet away from the lure to make them go down a lot more.  The bait to use right now when fishing on the shoreline is chartreuse and rainbow Power Bait with garlic scent. When trolling, make sure to let out about a hundred feet of line and let the motor do all the work, but also be wary of other anglers on the shoreline so your lines don’t get caught!

Overall, bass fishing is starting to slow down a little.  A couple reports of bass were reported getting caught by the Burner and Coots Landing but not of good size.  If you are fishing for bass, they are biting mostly in the early mornings and in the evenings, mostly on plastics, jigs and hula grubs and top water here and there. Silver Rainbow Flukes and Watermelon Senkos are also doing really well with 3/0 wide shank hook. Live wells can be provided upon request thanks to Walton’s Pond. A couple good spots to fish for bass are near the island or the tulles by Raccoon Point. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!

No whoppers were reported getting caught this week.

Monday — Thursday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am — 4:00pm
Boats are due in by 5:00pm
Friday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am — 5:00pm
Boats are due in by 6:00pm
Hours subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels.
We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Marina. Please email us at Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination.


Park Hours: 
September 6:30am – 8:00pm
October     6:30am – 7:00pm
Some anglers are having luck catching catfish to the right of the boat rentals and on down the shoreline to the 2nd dock.  The bait(s) of choice have been sardines, nightcrawlers, or chicken livers.  No reports of trout or bass from the main lake.  However, bass fishing in the back ponds has been pretty consistent with anglers reporting several bites a day.  Please practice catch and release for all bass as they are not stocked in the lake and their population depends on you!  

*Please remember that the back ponds have different regulations than the main lake.  They are as follows:  Catch and release; barbless hooks; artificial lures (no live bait); float tubes are allowed but no other vessels; and a EBRPD daily fishing permit and CA State Fishing license are required.  

With the current drought conditions, water levels have dropped dramatically leaving all of our fishing docks grounded and making boat launching rather difficult.  Use extreme caution when using the boat ramp.  It is subject to closure without notice.  The Boat Rentals and Concession are CLOSED for the season so please purchase your CA State Fishing License and any other fishing supplies prior to arriving at the park.  All personal watercraft must be off the lake a half hour before park closing.  Water temperature is approximately 72 degrees.

We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Kiosk staff.   Thank you.

Featured Anglers:
9/14/14 – Regular Member caught and released 16 bass float tubing on the Island pond.
9/16/14 – Medium size catfish was caught near the first dock.


No report.


Sporadic striper action at Eckley continues.


The fishing here at Don Castro has been slow these past two weeks but we expect that to change with the cooler temps on the way.


Fishing is slow at Antioch/Oakley Shoreline… still not a lot of legal size keepers being caught, one 20” last week.

A BIG THANKS to our Fish & Wildlife Wardens that have been out lately catching the illegal poachers of the under size bass.

To Report suspicious activity in our park call Public Safety Park Watch (510)881-1833 
Fish & Wildlife Cal Tip line: 1-888-334-2258 for illegal poaching. 


Pt. Pinole had a good two weeks with about 10-12 Striped bass ranging from 21” to 30”.
Two halibut were also caught:  21’and 22” along with the usual assortment of stingrays, sharks, and jacksmelts in abundance.
The perch were really biting this past week. Remember five perch per angler is the limit.


Fishing has been slow.


Fishing has been slow.

NEW STURGEON REGULATIONS:  Sturgeon must be between 40 and 60 inches, (fork length) to keep.
Sturgeon regulations - California Department of Fish & Wildlife Adobe Acrobat PDF

Fish Planting Information

  1. The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) plants rainbow trout and channel catfish that average 1 pound each.
  2. The California Department of Fish & Game (DFG) plants trout averaging over ½ pound each.
  3. Plants are subject to change due to weather conditions.

REMINDER: Netting and snagging fish is PROHIBITED at any East Bay Regional Park.No fishing is allowed around the area where a fish plant occurs.

Water / Week EBRPD Rainbow Trout (lbs) DF&G Rainbow Trout (lbs) EBRPD Channel Catfish (lbs) DF&G Channel Catfish (lbs)
Del Valle
09/22/14 1000 --- --- ---
09/29/14 750 --- --- ---
10/06/14 1000 --- --- ---
Lake Chabot
09/22/14 --- --- --- ---
09/29/14 --- --- --- ---
10/06/14 --- --- --- ---
Shadow Cliffs
09/22/14 --- --- ---
09/29/14 750 --- --- ---
10/06/14 1000 --- --- ---
Quarry Lakes
09/22/14 1000 --- --- ---
09/29/14 1250 --- --- ---
10/06/14 750 --- --- ---
Contra Loma
09/22/14 --- --- --- ---
09/29/14 --- --- --- ---
10/06/14 --- --- --- ---
Lake Temescal
500 --- --- ---
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Don Castro
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Shinn Pond
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Jordan Pond
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General Information

General Information
General Fishing information can be found at: Fishing Activities

Guidelines for Fish Consumption information can be found at: Fishing Advisories

Fees and Licenses:A California State 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.An annual EBRPD permit is available for $120 to residents 62 years+ and the disabled.Call (510) 544-2220.

New regulations require possession of a Sturgeon Fishing Report Card.
Fish Size Limit Number per day


No limit



No limit


Black bass

12 inches minimum


Striped bass

18 inches minimum



40-60 inches in forklength


Crappie, Bluegill
& Sunfish

No limit

25 in combination