Lake Chabot Fishing Report

Lake Chabot - Castro Valley, CA (Alameda County)

by East Bay Regional Park District


Catfishing has remained fairly steady, while bass fishing is slowing down. Trout fishing is picking up! Water temperature remains in the low-60s and water clarity is about 4 feet. Mt. Lassen planted trout on December 18th and we are expecting more plants this week and the first week of the new year! Please follow our Facebook page,, for weekly updates on fishing conditions.

All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, including Patio Boats!!


Typically, catfishing should be slowing down this time of the year but, we have seen some good-sized ones coming in. When fishing for catfish, the best bait to use is either chicken liver or mackerel. Make sure to cut a 2-inch chunk of mackerel and put it on a size 1 or 2 hook and a half ounce weight works best. A simple trick to use when using this bait is wrapping magic thread around the bait to ensure that it doesn’t fly off when casting. Typical hotspot for catfishing is fishing near the Island and back by Raccoon Point.


We are having a good trout season. Anglers have been catching a few trout, trolling near the dam. A few limits were reported caught this past week. EBRPD planted 1,000 lbs. of trout this week and we are expecting another plant of 750 lbs. next week. Trolling back by the dam using a pink flicker shad, and Rapalas has been successful these last couple weeks. Anglers on the shore have had good success with Powerbait and Powereggs. With cooling water temperatures, trout should become more active.


Bass fishing has slowed down a bit. Many anglers are using plastic worms to catch bass. There has been an abundance of smaller size bass (1 to 2 lbs.) being caught all over the lake. Senkos have been the most popular bait to use. Currently hot spots are over by the Island, Raccoon Point, and Alder Point. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!

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