Los Vaqueros Reservoir Fishing Report

Los Vaqueros Reservoir - Livermore, CA (Contra Costa County)


by Los Vaqueros Staff
7-5-2017
(925) 371-2628
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Trout fishing remains good at Los Vaqueros Reservoir. Striper fishing is still mixed, with fewer “shakers” and more medium-to-large fish being caught. Catfish are “infrequent”. Our water clarity remains good. Water temperature is about the same as last week, at 69 to 70 degrees this week.

We’re open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day with boats due back at 6 p.m.

If you are looking to rent a boat, it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions at (925) 371-2628 or check online here for weather conditions updated hourly. The wind has been pretty manageable during the past week. We don't rent boats when it's windy at Los Vaqueros.

The reservoir is storing 152,200 acre-feet of water, 95 percent of its 160,000 acre-foot capacity. Pumping has stopped and the reservoir will slowly drop through the summer.

TROUT

Fishing for trout continues to be good even with the warming temperatures with a lot of activity at the fish cleaning station. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as past the Rock Wall. The baits of choice for shore anglers are garlic-scented PowerBaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmaster lures. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. There was a 1000 pond trout plant on June 29th. The next plant will depend on the increasing water temperature. We are hoping to get one next week. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. Trout fishing is fair, mostly in the morning, with fish being caught from around the reservoir.

Boat rentals have been picking up with the seasonal winds giving anglers a break. There are lots of fish being caught from Oak Point to past the Rock Wall. South Cove also continues to produce. Oddly, on Friday a number of trout were caught off the pier near the Marina using a rattletrap. Limits are not uncommon. The fish cleaning station continues to be busy. A 6.65 pound trout was caught in South Cove on PowerBait.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Most anglers were focused on stripers or trout. Keep in mind that largemouth need to be 12 inches to be kept. Please release any big largemouth bass you might catch. They are the future of largemouth bass fishing in the reservoir. If you catch any of undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.

STRIPERS

Striper fishing is mixed with fewer shakers showing up but more medium to large fish being caught. The pier by the Marina and from Oak Point south towards South Cove are doing decently. From shore, cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice. Just a reminder, stripers need to be 18 inches or more to be legal. Please release the small fish as quickly and carefully as possible. They are the future of our striped bass fishery.

CATFISH

Catfish are making infrequent appearances. As the water warms we look to see more fish being caught. For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.



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