East Bay Lakes Roundup
Written By: Dan Bacher, September 24, 2013
Species: Bass, Catfish, Landlocked Stripers, Trout,
Location: Quarry Lakes, Contra Loma Reservoir, San Pablo Reservoir, Lafayette Reservoir, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Shadow Cliffs Lake, Del Valle Reservoir,
(Antioch) Tou Vue from Concord caught a 15 lb. 8 oz. largemouth bass with a swim bait at the Boat Ramp area, setting a new Contra Loma bass record.
Catfish have been biting on nightcrawlers, anchovies, shrimp, or chicken liver at the Boat Ramp area or at Loma Island, reported Pete Alexander of the East Bay Regional Park District. The district planted 500 pounds of channel cats the week of September 20.
Black bass have been hitting artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake, while crappie or bluegill has been hitting jigs or worms at Loma Island or the Channel Point area.
(El Sobrante) Catfish still rule the catches at San Pablo Reservoir, although rainbow trout seem to be making a comeback towards the dam in deeper water. Trollers are doing the best while using broken-back Rapalas and Panther Martin spinners on downriggers.
“The catfish are showing in Scow Canyon and across from the Boat Launch area and from the shoreline at the Boat Launch area,” said Audie Banagan of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company. “They are hitting crawlers, anchovies, shrimp and chicken livers.”
Curt and Jeff Wright of Richmond landed 3 catfish up to 6 lbs. at the Boat Launch shoreline. Max Pollak and his partner caught 2 catfish weighing 8 and 12 lbs. using chicken livers near the Dam.
Brian Shaw and his partner nailed 3 catfish up to 10 lbs. while using anchovies near the Boat Dock. Claudio Figureroa of Martinez caught 5 catfish, with the largest weighing 10.5 lbs., using chicken livers and sardines across from the Boat Launch area.
Bass have picked up with people using drop shot rigs and crankbaits, as well as top water lures. Felix Cortez of Hayward caught a 2 lb. bass on a lure.
(Lafayette) Catfish and bass remain the hottest prospects for fishermen at Lafayette Reservoir, due to warm water temperatures.
“The Lafayette Reservoir temperature increased to 75 F at 6 feet due to a few hot days, so you’re probably better off fishing earlier in the day,” disclosed Soehl KnKade. “The winds have also been quite strong in the afternoon. This hasn’t been a problem for catfishing, though.”
Amongst many small to medium catches, Syra caught 7- and 8-pound catfish off one of the south docks using nightcrawlers.
“There have also been a lot of bass caught near the tower and dam. A competitive bass fisherman was using a plastic fish for his success, though others have been just using nightcrawlers,” KnKade noted.
(Livermore) The “big striper drought” for the past several months at Los Vaqueros ended with the capture of a 15 lb striper caught by Billy Vorasane. He caught his big fish on a Rat-L-Trap in Peninsula Cove, reported Chris Senti of Los Vaqueros Reservoir.
Fishing for stripers with bait continues to be an up and down affair, but some anglers are catching limits of 18 to 23 inch fish.
“There were several nice limits of stripers caught in Cowboy and Peninsula coves this weekend and again on Monday,” said Senti. “Cut anchovies or shad will do the trick when bait fishing.”
He added, “We are just beginning to see some stripers chasing bait fish on the surface. It should not be long before trolling really picks up.”
“We continue to wait for cooler water temperatures before we plant trout. We anticipate frequent trout plants beginning at the end of September. We plan to kick off trout plants with 2-2000 lb. loads,” he disclosed.
Fishing for trout remains only fair, but that should change dramatically as the water temperature cools down and fall trout plants begin.
“The rainbows range from 1-1/2 to 5 pounds,” he stated. “Limits has been difficult to come by but we see a few limits about every other day. Bank anglers should fish east of the marina, past the rockwall and in the south cove. Rainbow garlic and chartreuse PowerBait, orange Mice tails and nightcrawlers are all good choices.”
“Not many anglers are focusing on bass, but one angler caught and released 5 nice largemouth bass in the 2 to 4 lb range,” said Senti. “He caught all of his fish on white spinnerbaits.”
The lake is now holding 130,000 acre feet of water and the lake is level is expected to rise slightly over the next few weeks. The water temperature is 69-72 degrees.
(Pleasanton) It’s been a “bass fest” lately at Shadow Cliffs Reservoir and in the Arroyo. No trophy trout or catfish have been weighed in over the past two weeks, though that will change as the water temperatures cool down.
Douglas Young of Oakland caught an eight-pound largemouth bass near the third dock while tossing out Senkos, reported Pete Alexander of the East Bay Regional Park District. Cabreil of Union City caught and released nine bass while float tubing in the Arroyo using Senkos.
The park district planted 500 pounds of rainbow trout the week of September 20 and will stock another 750 pounds the week of September 27.
(Livermore) "The weather has been hot this week and fishing has been on fire," revealed Bob Stambaugh of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company. "Striped, largemouth and smallmouth bass have been hitting top water lures in the early morning or right before sunset along the shelves in Heron Bay, Swallow Bay, and the Narrows."
Later in the day as it starts to warm up boaters are trolling or casting out dark colored crankbaits and jerkbaits at 8-15 ft. deep. Bright-colored plastics such as Senkos are working also.
"Catfish are still biting like crazy, especially later in the day in shallow areas," he said. "Use mackerel, sardines, anchovies, or chicken liver."
Trout are starting to bite again also. Medium to deep diving jerkbaits and crankbaits or crawlers are the top enticers. Troll around 15-25 ft deep at the dam and in Heron Bay.
Big fish honors go to Justin Carter of Livermore, who caught an 8.3 lb. catfish at Tarantula Cove on anchovies. Rob Delacruz of Livermore fooled a 7 lb. catfish at the East Beach with a sardine fillet.
Ashley Lotscher of Livermore caught a 3.8 lb. largemouth bass on a Senko and a 2 lb. smallmouth bass on a crankbait in Badger Cove.
Danny Hollis of Livermore bagged a 4.13 lb. trout at the dam while tossing out a jerkbait. Bob Hargrove of Livermore caught a 7 lb. largemouth bass at Heron Bay while using a Chugger Spook.
The park district planted 1000 pounds of rainbows the week of September 13 and 750 pounds the week of September 20. The park district will plant 750 pounds of rainbows the week of September 27.
The water temperature is 77 degrees at the dock.
(Fremont) There have been no reports of any trout being taken from Horseshoe Lake for several weeks now, reported Pete Alexander.
“They are all keeping cool in the depths,” said Alexander. “We have had several nice-sized catfish come out of Horseshoe Lake as well as some bass.”
Anthony Vu of Hayward has been very successful catching catfish on the backside of the Peninsula using shrimp. His persistence yielded 6 lb. 8 oz., 4 lb. 8 oz., 6 lb. 7 oz. and 6 lb. 3 oz. catfish on his most recent fishing adventures.
Kreg Mumford of Hayward was pleased with the 2 smallmouth bass he caught while trolling the back side of the lake. He used a crawdad-colored Rapala lure.
“A first time reporter, Wilmer Magpay from Hayward, hauled in two nice sized catfish -7 lb. 1 oz. and 4 lb. - using mackerel from the Old Boat Launch,” said Alexander.
“The creel censuses reveal that many small bass are being caught in Horseshoe. In a few years, we will be reporting a lot more big bass coming out of Quarry Lakes," Alexander concluded.
Expect the trout action to bust loose with cooler weather and big trout plants. The park district planted the lake with 500 pounds of rainbows the week of September 20 and will stock 750 pounds the week of September 27.Back To Reports