East Bay Lakes Roundup
Written By: Dan Bacher, September 14, 2013
Species: Catfish, Bass, Stripers, Trout,
Location: San Pablo Reservoir, Lafayette Reservoir, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Shadow Cliffs Lake, Del Valle Reservoir, Quarry Lakes,
(El Sobrante) Catfish again lead the angling parade at San Pablo Reservoir, but trollers are hooking some quality trout in deep water near the dam.
“The catfish action has picked up in Scow Canyon and out across from the Boat Launch area,” reported Audie Banagan at the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company. “Catfish have been biting on night crawlers, anchovies, shrimp, and chicken livers. Our last catfish plant of 1,000 lbs. was on August 20, 2013.”
Karolina Simmons of Martinez caught a 5 lb. catfish using chicken livers in a “secret cove.” Elizabeth Beutel of San Francisco landed 2 catfish weighing up to 7.5 lbs. while using sardines across from the Boat Launch area. Claudio Figueroa of Martinez caught a 5 lb. catfish on chicken liver in the Boat Launch area.
“Some trout are beginning to appear to those trolling out near the Dam and the entrance to Scow Canyon between 20 to 30 ft,” Banagan tipped. “The broken-back fire-tiger Rebels and Panther Martins seem to be working for those that are trolling.”
Erik, Christina, and Lizbeth of Martinez and Concord caught 9 bluegill using worms in a secret cove.
Bass have picked up for anglers using drop-shot rigs and crankbaits, as well as top water lures.
The water temperature has been around 70 degrees and is slowly going down.
(Lafayette) “Fishing was a little slower this week as most catches were smaller, especially the bass,” reported Soelhl KnKade at Lafayette Reservoir. “However, 3-year-old Sierra Criado caught a 12 inch bass with her father on Sunday.”
“We have new 5’6 fishing rods, the Amphibian Youth Combo, if you’d like to bring your child in for the first time,” she noted. “Our new Blue Fox 8g lure recently became popular for either catfish or bass. Like the week before, the CD-3 Rapala lure continues to do well for bass.”
(Livermore) Catfish, striped bass and rainbow trout continue to offer the top fishing at Los Vaqueros Reservoir.
“Fishing for catfish continues to be good,” advised Chris Senti at the Los Vaqueros Marina. “Anchovies, liver, mackerel and nightcrawlers are all producing channel cats.”
“We suggest fishing with as little weight as possible and watching for very soft bites. The back of cowboy cove, peninsula cove and the south cove are good bets. Many catfish over 10 lbs. were caught and released this week,” he disclosed.
.Fishing for stripers with bait is an “up and down affair” but some anglers are catching limits of 18 to 23 inch fish, noted Senti.
“It seems to be good for a few days then drops off only to pick back up a few days later,” he said. “Cut anchovies or shad will do the trick when bait fishing.”
“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 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.
Los Vaqueros is now holding 128,000 acre feet of water, the most the reservoir has every held. “Our water temperature is 70-72 degrees depending on the day, depth of the water, wind conditions and air temperature,” said Senti.
(Pleasanton) The water temperature remains too warm for good trout fishing, but anglers are bagging channel catfish in Shadow Cliffs Reservoir and catching and releasing largemouth bass in the Arroyo.
Randy caught a six pound catfish using shrimp in the panhandle. Rommey landed a 13 pound catfish of Stanley dock using his own special mixture, reported Pete Alexander of the East Bay Regional Park District.
John of Patterson caught and released nine bass while float tubing in the Arroyo using plastic worms and Senko’s on his latest adventure.
The park district stocked the reservoir with 500 pounds of channel cats the week of August 26 and another 500 pounds the week of September 2.
(Livermore) The stripers, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass have been biting in the early mornings and early evenings at Lake Del Valley. The stripers have been hitting anchovies and mackerel, as well as top water lures, up at the Dam and throughout the Narrows, noted Bob Stambaugh of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company.
Catfish are on fire still at the mouth of many of the coves of the lake, as evidenced by the large number of cats weighed in lately.
Josalin Coulter of Tracy brought in a stringer weighing in at 14 lbs., topped by a 5 lb. catfish caught at Tarantula Cove. Coulter also landed a 2.5 lb smallmouth bass at Heron Bay while using a Rapala.
Michael Sterne of San Jose fooled a 5.11 lb. catfish with anchovies in Tarantula Cove. Gary Howard of Livermore nailed a 5 lb. catfish at Swallow Bay on an anchovy.
Al Hurwitz of Saratoga and Abbey Lev of Sunnyvale caught 8 smallmouth bass, one close to 2.5 lbs, the others smaller in size.
“Fishing was best and very active around the time of moonrise at 3:20 PM,” they reported. “Most fish were caught along the western shore of the Narrows, trolling feathered Panther Martins and Rooster Tails in a 20-30 foot water column 15-20 feet below the surface. In addition, it is best to fish the windward shore with the wind at your back when trolling.”
The park district planted 500 pounds of catfish the week of August 26 and 750 pounds the week of September 2. They will plant 1,000 pounds of rainbows the week of September 9.
(Fremont)“The water is so warm the trout have taken refuge at the bottom of the lake,” reported Pete Alexander. “However, we have seen some nice catfish catches.”
Hulen Johnson (Fremont) was this weeks “winner,” catching his limit of catfish, the largest weighing in at 17 lb. 4 oz. and 16 lb. 8 oz., from Kiosk Cove, in the dark, again using shrimp. (Some catfish have very refined tastes!)
Rodney Bradley and his sons Masaki and Tomoki of Santa Clara scored a 6 lb. 11 oz. catfish while fishing from their boat on the backside of Horseshoe Lake. They used shrimp as bait.
Anthony Vu (Hayward) brought in a 7 lb. 13 oz. catfish from the shore on the backside of the peninsula while using shrimp. Wesley Anderson of Fremont caught an 11 lb. 8 oz. catfish on August 24 while fishing chicken livers from the left side of the swim beach.
The park district planted 500 pounds of catfish in Horseshoe Lake the week of August 26 and another 500 pounds the week of September 2. They will plant 1,000 pounds of rainbows the week of September 9.Back To Reports