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Written By: Dan Bacher, March 20, 2014
Location: Los Vaqueros Reservoir,
Anglers continue to experience some very good to excellent winter fishing for trout and striped bass at Los Vaqueros.
The water level is around 124,000 acre-feet. The water level is slowing dropping and water temperature has stabilized at around 52-53 degrees. With the recent rains the shoreline is muddy and slippery, so wear appropriate shoes and be careful.
Beginning on February 1, 2014 the Fishing Access Permit price was increased by 25 cents to $4.75. Also, the Contra Costa Water District Board of Supervisors has made changes to the boat rental rates.
“Fishing for trout has been continues to be very good for anglers fishing with bait in the south cove as well as cowboy cove,” reported Brian Demunnik. at Los Vaqueros Reservoir. “Trout average a pound and a half but range up to over 7 lbs. Limits have been common for skilled anglers.”
February saw 4000 lbs of trout planted and the fish plants are continuing this March. Garlic scented Power Bait in rainbow and chartreuse, orange or white mice tails and nightcrawlers are all good choices.
Trolling for trout is rated fair, with the top action reported in the backs of Howden and Peninsula Coves. Trollers will catch trout on a variety of lures including Kastmasters, Luh Jensen Kwikfish, roostertails, Rebels, Rapalas, and Thomas Buoyants.
A number of 5+ pound fish still continue to be brought into the marina including a couple of 8 pounders and 7 pounders along with plenty of limits of regular sized fish. Many anglers are catching fish all along the shore with the South Cove. Oak Point as well as past the Rock Wall are producing plenty of trout, there just aren’t as many anglers willing to take the 10-15 minute walk
Fishing for stripers with bait remains an up and down affair with some anglers catching limits 18 to 23 inch fish. Cut anchovies or shad will do the trick when bait fishing.
Very few anglers have been targeting largemouth bass or catfish.
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