The Fish Sniffer - East Bay Lakes Roundup
East Bay Lakes Roundup

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 12, 2014
Species: Bass Catfish Landlocked Stripers Trout Panfish
Location: Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Shadow Cliffs Lake, Lafayette Reservoir, Quarry Lakes, Del Valle Reservoir, San Pablo Reservoir,

Los Vaqueros

(Byron) An angler fishing for trout, Joshue Nuno, got a big surprise when the hooked and landed a 30.5 lb. striped bass  at Los Vaqueros on Friday, June 27.

“He and his family were fishing a nightcrawler in the South Cove when he hooked the fish,” said Mark Slightam of Los Vaqueros Reservoir Marina. “He got the fish in even though the net broke when he brought it up near the bank.”

The fish measured 43 inches long and had four rainbow trout in its belly. It’s the first big striper they’ve seen landed at Los Vaqueros in a long time. Most of the stripers caught recently have been in the 18 to 24 inch range. 

The other big news was the 27 lb. catfish that Gabriel Medina landed on June 24. “He was fishing chicken livers from shore when he hooked the huge cat,” noted Slightam.

The trout fishing has picked up recently, due to a plant of 1,000 pounds of rainbows on June 25. Shore anglers are finding the top action while tossing out chartreuse, rainbow garlic and corn PowerBait and Kastmasters in the South Cove. Boaters are experiencing the best fishing while using the same baits in Howden and Cowboy coves.

Dante Legasti demonstrated his trout fishing prowess by landing a 7 lb. rainbow while soaking a nightcrawler from the bank.

The lake is 90 percent of capacity and the surface water temperature is 61 degrees.   


Contra Loma

(Antioch) Trout fishing has slowed down with the warm weather and channel catfish plants have begun at Contra Loma Reservoir. The last plant of 500 pounds of catfish took place the week of June 23

Try fishing for catfish with nightcrawlers, anchovies, shrimp, or chicken liver at Channel Point or near the Swim Lagoon. Matilde caught a 10.6 lb. catfish at Channel Point/Loma Island area.

Black bass have been biting artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake. Alex caught and released a 9.8 lb. bass at Channel Point.

For crappie or bluegill, work jigs or worms at Loma Island or the Channel Point area.   


San Pablo

(El Sobrante) The trout bite is still on at San Pablo Reservoir, though anglers have to fish in deeper water now.

“There are a lot of fish being caught all over the lake,” said Daniel Perez of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company. “Fishing from the Main Recreation Area, Pines and Tower areas have been the best for shore anglers. Boaters have been having the best luck at Sandy Point, and Scow Canyon.”

Bank anglers are using garlic Power Bait and nightcrawlers for the rainbows, while trollers are employing broken-back firetiger Rapalas and Kastmasters.  

Big fish honors go to Irined Lontoc, who caught five rainbows up to 5.80 lbs on rainbow PowerBait at the Pines. James Stoker of San Rafael landed a 4.30 lb. trout while trolling a Rapala by the tower. Gary Speakman of San Pablo caught 5 trout to 4.26 lbs on rainbow PowerBait at the Main Rec, Area.

“Catfish have been biting in the back of Scow Canyon on nightcrawlers,, anchovies and chicken liver,” said Perez. 

Terry Smith of Concord topped the catfish catches with a 5 lb. channel cat taken on chicken liver at the Big Slide.

The bass bite has slowed down. A few anglers are finding them by drop shotting worms at the Main Recreation Area, Scow Canyon and boat ramp.

“Crappie and bluegill fishing has slowed also, although there are still a few being caught at the boat launch,” said Perez. “Anglers are doing best using mini jigs, Atomic Teasers or floating red worms on bobbers.”

The water level has dropped to 309 feet. The water temperature is about 72 degrees.  




(Lafayette) Anglers experienced another couple of weeks of steady but slow fishing at the Lafayette Reservoir. 

“The water temperature has been from 52.9 to 53.4 degrees Fahrenheit at 30 feet (over 5 minutes sample)—indicating mixing—and stayed at 73.0 degrees at 6 feet,” said Soehl Knkade of Lafayette Reservoir.

“Some of the docks have been released further out into the water to accommodate for lower water levels, so the immediate ecosystems may be somewhat aggravated, especially in that there is now direct sunlight between the docks and the shoreline reeds previously resting against the dock edges,” Knkade noted.

A few catches to note were a 4 lb bass by Jack Larsen of Lafayette and 4 and 6 lb catfish by Cole Haraburda from Moraga. Worms have been the most useful bait, great for catching catfish, trout, and bass.


Shadow Cliffs

(Pleasanton) Fishing has been slow the last couple of weeks from the shore and docks, but persistent anglers are picking up some rainbow trout and channel catfish. Boaters have had better luck and reported some catches, reported Pete Alexander of the East Bay Regional Park District. 

The warm water conditions – 74 degrees - have resulted in the cessation of trout plants until the fall and the beginning of catfish plants. The district is stocking around 500 pounds of cats every week.

Vickie Jones, Mike Jones, and Lissette Rodriguez from San Lorenzo caught 13 trout in the middle of the lake, using Eddie Trujillo lures. Jeff Mauldin landed a 6.5 lb. catfish while using eel on the second dock.


Del Valle

(Livermore) Stripers are still hitting anchovies by the dam, but it looks like they’re beginning to move over down to the Narrows again, advised Josalin Coulter of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company.

Chee Thao of Fremont topped the catches with an 11 lb. striper taken on anchovies in the Lower Narrows. Scotty K. and Mike R. of South San Francisco teamed up to land a 12.6 lb. stringer of stripers weighing up to 3.4 lbs. while soaking anchovies at the Dam

“Catfish are starting to bite a little better on chicken liver and anchovies in the Lower Narrows area,” Coulter said. “There were not too many trout reported this week, but your chances are better in the morning by the Dam on night crawlers or PowerBait.

There is still not too much activity from bass. “They have been finicky and you have to draw them out of heavy cover to get them to bite,” Coulter advised.

Cisko of Castro Valley bagged a 15 lb. stringer of catfish weighing up at 9 lbs. on chicken liver at Hetch Hetchy

Nick and Matt of Hayward caught 2 trout and a 5.1 lb. largemouth bass on nightcrawlers by the Dam. Joe Ganeff of San Jose fooled a 4.3 lb. trout with PowerBait at the Dam.

Catfish plants are in full swing, with a plant on June 27 of 500 lbs.

The water temperature is 73 degrees and the clarity is minimal with a three foot visibility.   


Quarry Lakes

(Fremont) “The month of June got off to a hot start with multiple anglers catching their limit of trout while trolling,” reported Pete Alexander. “After a bountiful first week, however, the warm weather seems to have pushed the trout into deeper waters, where they are less likely to feed.”

He said that is no cause for concern though, as their regular catfish plants have begun, starting off with a healthy and hungry 750 lbs.

Bernie Helwig of Milpitas caught his limit of trout, the largest weighing in at 5 pounds while trolling with Rainbow Runners. Bernie continued to have a successful week, catching his trout limit on two following trips.

Jack Antrim of Hayward caught and released eight trout on June 4 trolling with Rainbow Runners.


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