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

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 20, 2014
Species: Bass Catfish Trout Landlocked Stripers
Location: Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Contra Loma Reservoir, San Pablo Reservoir, Lafayette Reservoir, Shadow Cliffs Lake, Del Valle Reservoir, Quarry Lakes,

Los Vaqueros

(Byron) Trout fishing at Los Vaqueros Reservoir received a big boost with a plant of 1,000 pounds of rainbows by Mount Lassen on July 9.

“Trout fishing is pretty steady,” disclosed Paul Contreras of the Los Vaqueros Lake Marina. “Fishing is best early and late in the day; the fishing slows down during the heat of the day. Anglers are tossing out Power Bait, Kastmasters, nightcrawlers and other baits in the South Cove and off the Rockwall.”

Ron De La Rosa bagged a 9 lb. rainbow while fishing a Kastmaster. Michael Wilson landed a 7.5 lb. trout while casting a Kastmaster in the South Cove.

Chris Nader caught a 5.62 lb. rainbow off the rockwall. And Kerwin Jung successfully battled a 5.53 lb. trout using a nightcrawler in the South Cove 

“The catfish action has also picked up since our last plant of 1250 pounds,” said Contreras. “Fishermen are experiencing the best success on the 1 to 5 pound cats while fishing anchovies, nightcrawlers and other baits in the South Cove.”

Striped bass action has tapered off. “Fishermen are hooking some stripers in the 18 to 22 inch range while fishing anchovies and jigs,” he noted.

The lake is 90 percent of capacity and the surface water temperature is 61 degrees. “There is a lot of water in the lake,” noted Contreras.   


Contra Loma

(Antioch) Catfish are providing the top action, but it was a big striper that topped the catches at Contra Loma Reservoir over the past several weeks. Gino Cabano landed a 16.2 lb. striped bass while trolling with shad color crank bait, reported Pete Alexander of the East Bay Regional Park District.

Matilde caught a 10.7 lb. catfish at Channel Point area with chicken liver. Besides chicken liver, the catfish are biting nightcrawlers, anchovies and shrimp at Channel Point and near the Swim Lagoon.

For black bass, Alexander recommending tossing artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers “anywhere around the lake.”

If you want to hook crappie and bluegill, fish from a boat jigs or worms at Loma Island or Channel Point area.  

The district is now planting the lake with catfish, with the last load of 500 pounds of channel cats put in the week of July 7.  


San Pablo

(El Sobrante) Congratulations go to James Stoker, who won the June trout derby at San Pablo Reservoir with at 4.3 lb. trout for first and a 1.4 lb. rainbow for third. Sam Herbert placed second with a 2.3 lb. trout

“The boater’s best bet for trout would be to go to the Rock Wall and Sandy Point,” advised Daniel Perez of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company. “Fish PowerBait or nightcrawlers with a sliding sinker rig. Trollers continue to hook trout on broken-back fire-tiger Rapalas and Kastmasters.”  

The Main Rec. Area, Scow Canyon and boat launch are the most productive areas for largemouth and spotted bass. A few big bass have been caught on little crappie jigs.

Catfish have been biting in the back of Scow Canyon and the preserve on nightcrawlers, anchovies and chicken livers. The last plant of 800 pounds of cats went in during the first week of July.

A few crappie and bluegill are still being caught at the boat launch and in a couple of the coves. Mini jigs, Atomic Teasers or floating red worms under bobbers work the best.  

Successful anglers include Luca Hill, who caught four rainbows to 2 pounds on nightcrawlers and PowerBait on the left side of the Main Rec. Dock, and Paul Hill of Oakland, who fooled a cat weighing 6.12 lbs with an anchovy. Sean Alvey of San Francisco caught 2.6 lb rainbow on a lure at the Main Rec, Dock.

The lake level dropped to 308 feet. The water temperature is about 77 degrees.  



(Lafayette) The bluegill are back at Lafayette Reservoir. “It is a small population, but that they are here should mean that the general reservoir fishing ecosystem is improving,” said Soehl Knkade at Lafayette Reservoir.

“There is so much bass out there that that was the most popular catch of the last two weeks. One regular fisher reported catching and releasing 17 in one day, at least one 22 inches.

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.

Water temperatures were at 54.0 degrees Fahrenheit at 30 feet and 74.8 at 6 feet. at press time. 


Shadow Cliffs

(Pleasanton) Trout fishing remains slow from the shore and docks at Shadow Cliffs Lake. Anglers on boats have had better luck and reported some trout catches. The water temperature is approximately 74 degrees.

“Our regulars are reporting that they are catching their limits while boating in our beautiful lake in the early mornings,” said Pete Alexander. Boaters are trolling with nightcrawlers, spoons and minnow imitation lures behind dodgers and flashers or bait fishing with PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers.

Nico Robles of Livermore caught and released a beautiful largemouth bass in the Arroyo while using a plastic worm.

The park district stocked 750 pounds of channel catfish the week of July 7 and 500 pounds the week of July 14.


Del Valle

(Livermore) Fishing has been excellent with the weather being warm and the wind staying calm. There were quite a few big catches this week of stripers, catfish and largemouth bass.

Stripers are moving on down to the Narrows area and are still biting at the Dam, according to Josalin Coulter of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company. For maximum success, toss out anchovies and chicken liver in the morning or early afternoon.

Ronny Tsang of Union City landed a 17.1 lb. striper while soaking anchovies in the Lower Narrows. Christy Brekke of San Jose also fooled a 14.5 lb. striper on anchovies in the Lower Narrows.

Todd Craven of Livermore topped the bass catches with a 12.8 lb. largemouth taken on a top water bait near the dam.

“There is a reaction bite around reeds, rocky points or ridge lines,” tipped Coulter. “Use a variety of hard baits such as jerk baits or swim jigs with green or blue colored craw trailers.” 

For channel catfish, try soaking anchovies, chicken liver or any stinkbait around the Narrows and the dam. You might also hook a striper while targeting catfish. For example, Jones of Burlingame caught an 11.1 lb. catfish and a 12.9 lb. striper on anchovies at the dam.

Signs of trout are becoming scarce with only two catches reported this week. There were no trout plants this week,” Coulter said.

Big trout honors go to Kyle Trusk of Livermore, who enticed a 7 lb. rainbow with a white Senko in the Lower Narrows. Doug Jacoby of San Jose caught a 3.83 lb. trout on PowerBait at the dam.

Water clarity is clear with an at least ten foot visibility out by Heron Bay and the Dam and the temperature is 74 degrees.



Quarry Lakes

(Fremont) Fishing at Quarry Lakes has been steady the past couple of weeks with both catfish and trout reported.

“The hot spots for catfish have been Fisherman’s Row and the back side of the peninsula,” reported Pete Alexander. “Catfish have been active during the evening hours. Our park curfew is 10pm, so feel free to come on down for a fun evening out.”

Big catfish honors go to Isaiah Munoz, age nine, who bagged a 7 lb., 8 oz. catfish and two trout while using white Power Eggs on the left side of the beach. 

Dennis Dalan of San Jose landed a 6 lb. 11 oz. catfish using shrimp on the backside of the peninsula. Daniel Rodriguez of Sunnyvale, age eleven, enticed a 5 lb. 8 oz. catfish at fisherman’s row with chicken liver.

“Despite the warm weather recently, our trollers have had success catching trout using Rainbow Runners and broken back Rapalas at a depth of around 25 feet,” said Alexander. 

Richard Kuwitzky of Niles caught a limit of trout weighing 2 pounds each while trolling with Rainbow Runners. Chris Sinsay of Milpitas reeled in 5 lb. 1 oz. and 6 lb. 5 oz. trout while trolling with brokenback Rapalas.


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