East Bay Lakes Roundup
Written By: Dan Bacher, August 29, 2013
Species: Bass, Catfish, Stripers, Trout,
Location: San Pablo Reservoir, Del Valle Reservoir, Lafayette Reservoir, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Shadow Cliffs Lake, Quarry Lakes,
(El Sobrante) Channel catfish remain the star attraction at San Pablo Reservoir. The fish are hitting nightcrawlers, anchovies, shrimp, and chicken livers in Scow Canyon and across from the boat launch, reported Audie Banagan of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company.
Big fish honors go to Adrian Saechao, who caught 2 catfish weighing up to 9 lbs. while using shrimp at the Boat Launch area shoreline. Dominic Butera of Redwood City landed 4 catfish, topped by an 8 pounder, while fishing nightcrawlers at Sandy Point.
Tim bagged a 5.5lb. catfish off the Handicap dock while using PowerBait. Dam. Jamie Hagen of El Sobrante landed a 3lb. catfish while soaking anchovies near the Tower.
“The trout bite has slowed down, but some are being caught from the shoreline near the Main Recreation Area, and out towards the Dam in deeper water,” she said. “Trollers are doing best with broken-back firetiger Rapalas and Panther Martins.
For bass, Banagan suggested using drop-shot rigs and crank baits, as well as top water lures.
The water temperature has been around 71 degrees.
(Lafayette) Since the water is too warm for planting trout, bass and catfish have been the most popular catches at Lafayette Reservoir. “And don’t forget we’ve been planting 1000 pounds of catfish every Tuesday,” reported Soel KnKade of Lafayette Reservoir.
“Oscar, an early evening fisherman, caught a 7-lb catfish just last night. He didn’t say what he used as bait, but night crawlers are a favorite among fishermen,” KnKade said.
If you can’t come early to fish, dock number 2 at the east cove has been a great place in the early evening for catching catfish.
“Lucas Lee was nice enough to send us a letter about his great 7-pound bass catch and also get his picture taken for our photo album. Our regular fisherman Paul caught 2 four pounders out on a rowboat over the weekend,” KnKade noted.
“Most fishermen have said they used lures to catch bass, such as the Power Worms, and just this morning a young man caught a black bass 15” long,” KnKade said.
(Livermore) Fishing for stripers with bait is an “up and down affair” but some anglers are catching limits of 18 to 23 inch fish, reported Chris Senti of Los Vaqueros Reservoir.
“It seems to be good for a few days then drops off only to pick back up a few days later,” he advised. “Cut anchovies or shad will do the trick when bait fishing.”
“Stripers need to be 18 inches or more. Sometimes anglers catch dozens of small fish from 8 to 17 inches. Please release the small fish as quickly and carefully as possible,” he noted.
“We have not seen any large striped bass caught recently, but had several reports of big stripers breaking lines. Fishing from the pier below the marina has been a good location. Several boats came back with limits caught on cut anchovies fishing in cowboy cove,” he disclosed.
Fishing for catfish continued to be a solid choice last week. Anchovies, liver, mackerel and nightcrawlers all caught catfish. The back of cowboy cove, peninsula cove and the south cove are the top spots.
“Anglers caught and released several catfish over 10 lbs caught and released this week. Our latest plant of 515 pounds of catfish went in on August 9,” he disclosed.
Fishing for trout continue to be “fair to good” for both bank fishermen tossing out Power Bait, Pautzke Power Bait and worms and trollers using lures and nightcrawlers.
“Trout average a pound and a half but range up to 5 lbs. Limits has been difficult to come by but we see a few limits every day. Many of the points east of the marina and past the rock wall have been producing some solid trout action,” noted Senti.
The lake is now holding 125,000 acre-feet of water. “We anticipate the water level continuing to slowly rise through August,” said Senti. “Our water temperature is 66-72 degrees depending on the day, depth of the water, wind conditions and air temperature.“
(Pleasanton) Monster channel catfish are landed in the placid waters of Shadow Cliffs Reservoir every year – and this one is no exception.
Big fish honors go to Joshua Romero of Pleasanton, who wrestled in a 26 lb. catfish. He was using shrimp for bait off the second dock, reported Pete Alexander of the East Bay Regional Park District.
Zack of Pleasanton caught a 3 lb. 3 oz. catfish using shrimp for bait in the panhandle. On the same day, Alex and Max of Pleasanton teamed up to bag a 2 lb. 5 oz. catfish while soaking in the panhandle.
Largemouth fishing is heating up in the Arroyo. John of Patterson caught and released nine bass while tossing out Senkos from a float tube in the Arroyo. Joshua caught three catfish totaling 24 lbs., 6oz. On August 10, Jim Day of Union City caught and released ten bass on Senkos.
The park district planted 500 pounds of channel cats the week of August 19 and will stock another 500 pounds the week of August 26.
(Livermore) “The stripers have started to bite around the Narrows and the Dam for anglers using Rapalas,” reported Bob Stambaugh at the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company. “But the keepers are still laying low.”
Danny Hollis of Livermore topped the catches with a 9.3 lb. striper taken on a top water lure at Swallow Bay. Bob Hargrove of Livermore landed a 6 lb. catfish and a 4 lb. striped bass while soaking mackerel in Heron Bay.
“The catfish are your best bet,” advised Stambaugh. “They can be found just about anywhere in the lake by anglers using anchovies, livers, sardines and anything stinky.”
He reported that the largemouth bass bite has picked up a bit. The fish are hitting Senkos and other lures in the early morning hours.
For smallmouth bass, he suggested tossing out small crankbaits,Rat-L-Traps, and top water lures. For example, Matt Bruner of Livermore caught a monster 6.5 lb. smallmouth while casting a topwater lure in Heron Bay.
The water temperature is about 79 degrees at the dock.
“The catfish are jumping at Horseshoe Lake,” exclaimed Pete Alexander. “Nearly all reported catches were catfish. And they are biting on most anything!”
Catfish” Fred Martinez of Newark brought in a cat that he hooked the night before that weighed 17 lbs., 4oz. What a monster! He knew he had hooked this fish before when he recovered the tackle he lost the previous year. He was using shrimp and fishing from the shore near the old boat ramp.
“Jack Antrim of Hayward continues to bring in fish by trolling both sides of Horseshoe Lake, using chicken livers,” said Alexander. “He caught his limit of catfish ranging from 5 to 8 pounds one day, three catfish on the next day, and two catfish on his next trip. One of these weighed 17 pounds! “
Albert Leca of Union City caught a 9-pounder while fishing on the backside of the Lake using rainbow Power Bait. Peter Simpson of Fremont hauled in one 6 lb., 8oz. catfish on the peninsula in the wee hours of the morning using green Power Bait.
“His buddy, Junior Casare, caught his limit of catfish from the same area, just left of the big tree on the front side of the peninsula,” added Alexander.
The park district stocked 500 pounds of channel cats in Horseshoe the week of August 19 – and will plant 500 pounds the week of August 26.Back To Reports