East Bay Lakes Roundup
Written By: Dan Bacher, October 22, 2013
Species: Trout, Catfish, Landlocked Stripers, Bass,
Location: San Pablo Reservoir, Lafayette Reservoir, Del Valle Reservoir, Chabot Reservoir, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Quarry Lakes,
(El Sobrante) The trout bite at San Pablo Reservoir is picking up towards the Dam and along the Rock Wall and in front of the Main Recreation area.
Shore anglers have been hooking the rainbows by tossing out PowerBait, nightcrawlers and spoons, while trollers are using fire tiger broken back Rapalas, Panther Martins, Needlefish and other lures seem to be working for those that are trolling. Bill caught 5 trout while using PowerBait in front of the Main Recreation area.
The water temperature has been around 67 degrees. The last two trout plants were 1,200 lbs. by Mount Lassen and 2,000 pounds by the DFW, according to Audie Banagan of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company.
The catfish have been biting in Scow Canyon and out across from the Boat Launch area and from the Shoreline at the Boat Launch area. Nightcrawlers, anchovies, shrimp, and chicken livers are the hottest baits.
Larry Hatfield of El Sobrante caught 2 catfish up to 7 lbs. while using anchovies from the Boat Launch Shoreline.
Bass have picked up for fishermen using drop-shots and crankbaits, as well as top water lures.
(Lafayette) “With the extreme wind and fire conditions last week, fishing was quite slow, and so no particular information was giving about catches or bait used,” reported Soehl KnKade at Lafayette Reservoir.
“So far the weather has turned down its aggression level since then. As well, the temperatures have dropped considerably, measured 66.8 F at 2 feet and 66.7 F at 10 feet taken in the late morning,” KnKade stated.
The fish plants have switched to trout. "On Monday 2000 lbs of trout were planted from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Next week Mt Lassen will plant 1000 lbs of rainbow trout,” KnKade stated.
(Castro Valley) The water temperature is cooling off with the lower temperatures at night, and trout activity is picking up at Lake Chabot. Trout catches are being made between the first and second docks on the western shore and at Catfish Landing, now that trout plants are in full swing.
“We are set to receive weekly trout plants for the next several months,” reported Stan Wong of Lake Chabot Fishing Outfitters. “Bait fishing with chartreuse and rainbow PowerBait from shore is the best way to catch trout now. This past week we had a nice 4 lb. trout pulled out from the west shore trail fishing by the second dock using PowerBait.”
Trolling is still a little slow. For now, make sure to use bait that is bright to lure the fish in. If you are going to be trolling, the best lures to use are Firetiger Rapalas, Kastmasters and Mirashads and play around with some split shots about 3 feet from the lure to ensure they get down.
“Fishing for catfish is also a great choice right now, as we are seeing more and more catches being made with cooling waters. Even though the water is getting lower and the algae are blooming, the lake still looks as beautiful as always. The catfish catches picking up near the first and second docks on the west shore and out all around the Island,” said Wong.
(Livermore) Anglers are enjoying some very good to excellent fall fishing at Los Vaqueros Reservoir. Trout, striped bass, catfish and largemouth bass are all active .
“Stripers are chasing schools of bait fish all over the reservoir and trolling for stripers is now rated very good,” said Chris Senti at Los Vaqueros Marina. “Many anglers reported catching limits of small stripers trolling in Cowboy Cove and Peninsula Cove. These anglers were using shad raps, rattletraps and other lures with shad pattern.”
Most keepers are in the 18 to 23 inch range. “We continue to see a tremendous number of under size fish being caught and released,” he stated.
Fishing for trout has been good for anglers fishing with bait in South Cove. Trout average a pound and a half but range up to 5 lbs. Limits have been common for skilled anglers fishing with bait.
A total of 5000 lbs of trout have been planted in 2 weeks. Garlic PowerBait in rainbow, chartreuse power bait, orange mice tails and nightcrawlers are all good choices. A few anglers have been fishing nightcrawlers under slip bobbers.
Limits for anglers trolling are not common yet, with the average being about 2 to 3 fish a rod.
“Several anglers caught and released largemouth bass in the 2 to 4 lb range this week,” said Senti. “One angler caught his fish on a Senko and the other on crankbaits fished near structure.”
Anglers continued to catch a few catfish last week. Anchovies, liver, mackerel and nightcrawlers all caught catfish.
The water level is now 132,500 acre feet and the water temperature is 67-69 degrees.
(Livermore) Striped bass are still hitting best on jigs such as white or chartreuse Hair-Raisers, while chicken liver is the top bait. Hetch Hetchy/Lower Narrows and the South End are the top places to fish for stripers, reported Ashley Loschter at the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company.
John Fredricks of Fremont caught a 14 lb. striper in the Narrows on a Hairaiser. Danny Hollis of Livermore caught 2 stripers weighing 11.5 lbs. and 6.5 pounds in Swallow Bay on a jig. He also landed two trout going 7 and 6 pounds while fishing with a Flicker Shad by the dam.
“The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite has really slowed down,” she said. “You need to really go looking for them at deeper depths around 10-20 ft. Bass jigs, Senkos, or shad imitation plastics grab their attention the most. Swallow Bay and Lower Narrows are the top spots.”
“The catfish bite is still doing well,” she tipped. “Using chicken livers or mackerel in the Lower Narrows and South End near the downed trees is working best.”
Willie Ortega of San Jose caught a 6 lb. catfish in the Narrows on chicken liver.
With temperatures dropping, trout are being planted from Mt. Lassen and the Department of Fish and Wildlife almost every week. The plants range from 500-1000 lbs at a time.
Trout have been biting jerk-baits, Mice Tails, PowerBait, and night crawlers. Brighter colored PowerBait such as orange or chartreuse is what works the best rnow in Heron Bay and Upper/Lower Narrows. Fishing has shifted almost completely to winter time; trout are surfacing with the bite picking up.
The water temperature is 68 degrees at the end of the dock.
(Fremont) Trailered boats are no longer permitted to launch at Quarry Lakes due to the low water level. This condition will persist until sometime in 2014. Non-trailered boats and other watercraft that can be carried to the water are still permitted, pending inspection, according to Pete Alexander of the East Bay Regional Park District.
For information on the Alameda Creek Fish Passage and Water Supply Reliability Improvement Projects (the cause of the low water level) visit http://www.acwd.org.
“The big news is trout,” said Alexander. “Mt. Lassen stocked 1,250 lbs. of rainbow trout, in preparation for two special programs: ‘My First Fish’ and the annual ‘Fishing Derby for Special Kids,’ The fish were contained in a net to make sure each child caught a fish – and the rest were released after the events. It is reported that the smallest kid caught the largest fish, an estimated 9 lb. trout!”
“The following day, other anglers started hauling in a bunch of trout while fishing the right side of Fishermen’s Row, the area where the trout were previously contained," he said.
Wes Anderson of Fremont caught four, including one weighing 5 lbs. 12 oz., with Power Eggs. Shin Kato (Fremont) landed ten trout on Oct. 4, seven on Oct. 5, and three on Oct. 6 using spoon lures, keeping only 2 for his consumption.
Greg Clark of Mountain View fooled his limit with a total weight of 7 lbs. 3 oz. with PowerBait. 13-year old Jared Yuan of Fremont caught four trout totaling 7 lbs. 5 oz. using a tube jig.
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