East Bay Lakes Roundup
Written By: Dan Bacher, October 7, 2013
Species: Trout, Catfish, Bass, Landlocked Stripers, Panfish,
Location: San Pablo Reservoir, Lafayette Reservoir, Chabot Reservoir, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Shadow Cliffs Lake, Del Valle Reservoir, Quarry Lakes,
(El Sobrante) The trout bite at San Pablo Reservoir is slowly picking up and seems to be making a comeback towards the Dam and along the Rock Wall, reported Audie Banagan of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company. The Broken-Back Fire-Tiger Rapala and Panther Martins are working best for those that are trolling.
The channel catfish have been biting in Scow Canyon and out across from the Boat Launch area and from the Shoreline at the Boat Launch area. The best baits are night crawlers, anchovies, shrimp, and chicken livers.
Big fish honors go to Larry of Oakland, who caught a 20 lb. catfish using Anchovies at the Boat Launch area shoreline. Keith Kelpsas of Richmond caught 3 catfish weighing up to 9 lbs. while using chicken livers.
Boaters are catching and releasing spotted and largemouth bass while using drop shot rigs, crankbaits and topwater lures.
“San Pablo Reservoir would like to thank all those that participated in the First Annual Trout Challenge that took place on September 21 and 22, and thank the anglerspress.com and the Fish Sniffer for putting it all together,” said Banagan. “Congratulations to Mike King of San Francisco for winning the first annual trout derby and the grand prize Klamath boat.”
(Lafayette) “It was a tough week for fishing, but it’s looking good for trout fishermen in the future,” said Soehl KnKade at Lafayette Reservoir.
The temperature dropped another 1.4 degrees to 70.4 F from 10 feet all the way up to 2 feet where it only upped to 70.6 degrees.
“We had strong rain on Saturday, and lots of wild winds and currents before and after that, creating quite an obstacle course for trolling and just trying to fish off the docks,” KnKade noted. “We have no serious catches or tips to report this week.”
Expect trout fishing to pick up as the water cools and fall trout plants begin.
(Castro Valley) The first and second dock on the west shore trail is starting to be the new hot spot for night catfishing at Lake Chabot. Anglers reported landing several nice-sized fish from this area lately, reported Stan Wong at Lake Chabot Fishing Outfitters.
“Typically around this time of the year, catfish are going to be located by raccoon point, behind the island, back by the dam and bass cove during the day. Anglers are using mackerel, anchovies and chicken liver for bait,” he tippe.d
Bass fishing has slowed down over the past couple of weeks; the fish are currently suspended about 15-20 feet deep. If you are fishing for bass, they are hitting mostly in the early mornings and evenings mostly on plastics, jigs and hula grubs. Silver Rainbow Flukes are also doing really well with 3/0 wide shank hook.
“Trout fishing is extremely slow right now,” he added. “For now, make sure to use bait that is bright to lure the fish in.”
(Livermore) Striped bass fishing is on the upswing with the rising lake level and big schools of bait on Los Vaqueros Reservoir.
“Rental boaters and bank anglers are hooking a lot of schoolie stripers, ranging from undersized to 24 inches long,” reported Chris Senti of Los Vaqueros Reservoir. “Two anglers reported catching and releasing 40 fish, keeping their limits of schoolies, while fishing from a rental boat. They trolled and tossed out Rapalas in shad patterns at 6 to 12 feet deep.”
Since there are large numbers of threadfin shad and other baitfish showing now, Senti said anglers are hooking stripers while casting Zoom Flukes into “boiling” shad.
The lake management planted 2,000 pounds of rainbow trout in the reservoir on Wednesday, September 24 and another 1,000 pounds on Monday, September 30.
“The trout fishing has been hit and miss, but fishing should pick up with the recent plants,” said Senti. “The fish averaged 1-1/2 pounds each and weighed up to 7 pounds. Anglers should tossing garlic Power Bait and nightcrawlers in the South Cove and off lake points.”
Senti reported a “fair number” of largemouth bass in the 2 to 4 pound range are showing. Use white spinnerbaits or Senkos for maximum success.
Los Vaqueros is holding 132,000 acre feet of water and rising as the lake fills. “The water quality is good” he noted.
(Pleasanton) Fishing pressure is light at Shadow Cliff Reservoir, now that summer vacation is over and the kids are back in school.
Gene of Pleasanton was bait fishing off his boat when he caught three trout. Another angler bagged 8 lb. catfish right of south beach while using chicken livers for bait, reported Pete Alexander of the East Bay Regional Park District.
John of Patterson caught and released seven bass fishing Senkos while float tubing in the arroyo
The park district planted 750pounds of rainbow trout the week of September 23 and stocked another 500 pounds the week of September 27. They will plant 500 pounds and the DFW will stock 2000 pounds the week of October 7.
(Livermore) The Lake Del Valle water temperature is 72 degrees at the end of the dock. There was a storm over the weekend and weather has been pretty windy and sunny since, according to Ashley Lotscher at the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company.
“Striped, largemouth, and smallmouth bass fishing has slowed down quite a bit due to the weather change,” she said. “Anglers have been mostly bait fishing.”
She stated, “The largemouth bite has almost turned off completely; try drop shotting Senkos or Roboworms. Smallmouth bass are on a better bite than the largemouths, with jerkbaits and crank-baits doing the trick. Try pearl or trout colored lures.”
Stripers are still surfacing in the early mornings, when top water lures work best. Then bait fish with anchovies throughout the day. The bass are suspended and are hitting around the same areas along the shelves such as Heron Bay, Swallow Bay, and the Narrows.
Catfish are still biting in shallow areas of the lake on anchovies or chicken liver.
Trout are starting to very slowly bite again. Use medium to deep diving crankbaits, Rooster Tails, Panther Martins and other spinners with bucktails. Nightcrawlers are the bait to use out towards the Dam and in Heron Bay.
Pete Depuglia and his dad had a great day when they landed a 6 lb. trout, an 8 lb. catfish, and an 11.5 lb. striper while using anchovies at the dam. The stringer weighed a total of 25.5 lbs.
Gary Howard of Livermore landed a 12 lb. catfish while soaking chicken liver at Heron Bay. His five cats weighed a total of 38 lbs.
Lenin Rodriguez of Hayward caught a 6.4 lb. catfish at Hetch Hetchy on anchovies. Cody Frangos of Livermore caught a 3.5 lb. largemouth bass at East Beach on a jerkbait.
(Fremont) As of September 23, trailered boats are no longer permitted to launch at Quarry Lakes due to low water level, according to Pete Alexander.
This condition will persist until sometime in 2014 when the lake water level comes up. Non-trailered boats and other watercraft that can be carried to the water are still permitted, pending inspection.
“Catfish are still coming out of Horseshoe Lake,” said Alexander. “Anthony Vu of Hayward continued his streak by reporting three catfish on one trip and one on next trip. 9His formula: early in the morning, backside of Peninsula, using shrimp. His largest for the past two weeks was 6 lbs., 7 oz.
Brian de la Pena (Newark) caught a 6 lb., 12 oz. catfish on the backside of the Peninsula using chicken livers. S
Sam Spinks of San Leandro has had good fortune on mackerel lately. “Sam caught one 7 lb. catfish one day and three more up to 4 pounds on the following trip,” said Alexander.
On the non-catfish front, Rich Rasmussen (Newark) took home a beautiful 4 lb., 4 oz. trout that he caught from the left side of the beach on a blue/silver Kastmaster.
While trolling Horseshoe, Lloyd Price of Fremont caught two “legal” size smallmouth bass, as well as many smaller ones using a Rapala lure.
The park district planted Horseshoe with 750 pounds of trout the week of September 23 and 1250 pounds the week of September 30. They will plant 500 pounds the week of October 7.
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