Perfect Weather For Bass

Del Valle Lake - Livermore, CA (Alameda County)

Largemouth Bass
Gabriel V. of Livermore caught this largemouth bass while fishing with nightcrawlers.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Del Valle Lake Staff

by East Bay Regional Park District

The lake temperature at Del Valle has been in the upper 60’s to low 70’s, making it perfect weather to come out and fish for bass!

The sunfish bite has really picked up at the water temperature increases. We recommend casting some red worms or mini-crawlers. You can find the bluegill and crappie around the weed mats near the shores or near the cattails as they are using these structures for spawning.


The trout fishing out here is almost gone. As the water warms to above 70 degrees, the trout will move into deeper water. If you plan to target them, be prepared to drop your lure deep.


The catfish bite is good. Their favorite baits are large nightcrawlers or anchovies. The catfish hang out around the fallen trees that are all around the lake. Many of the catfish take some time to get moving so you want to get your bait close to the structure in the water and give them a decent amount of time.


The small and largemouth bite are doing well.  Nightcrawlers or Senkos are their favorite bait to chase. You can usually find them hanging out in the cattails that are spread out across the lake. Try to cast the worms as close to the weed mats as possible. Try fishing the rock points that have a nice drop off to let your worm sink in. Alternatively, rattletraps and crankbaits also get the small and largemouth interested. Many bass are also moving in the south end of the lake if you are fishing from shore you are going to want to try either to east or west beach swim areas.

The striped bass are moving along the channels that move through the center of the lake. The striped bass are balling the bait up and pushing it on shore so you are going to want to use shad imitations to entice the stripers to attack your bait, flukes, or swimbaits. Kastmasters work while fishing the sharp points on shore. They love to push the bait they are chasing onto these points. Early morning is the best time to catch the stripers chasing the shad. Alternatively, you can use anchovies as bait to get the stripers if you are throwing these with a ¼ weight, usually a smaller weight will help the fish take the bait since they can feel less weight when they pick up your bait allowing them to run with it more.

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The lake temperature out here at Del Valle is reaching 70 degrees as the striped bass become the highlight of the week many of our anglers are limiting out on stripers in the early morning, the stripers are mostly being caught on the topwater action spook jrs. or pencil poppers early in the morning, later in the day you might want to switch to a fluke or a sub-surface jerkbait. The striped bass are chasing the shad near the top...... Read More

East Bay Regional Park District Reports
for Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

: Point Pinole Pier Fishing Report
: Ferry Point Pier Fishing Report
Shadow Cliffs Reservoir: Shadow Cliffs Reservoir Fishing Report
Contra Loma Reservoir: Catfish Bite Has Slowed Down
Del Valle Lake: 30 Lb. Striped Bass
Lake Chabot: Lake Chabot Fishing Report
Don Castro Reservoir: 7.5 Lb. Rainbow
Lake Temescal: Lake Temescal Fishing Report
Quarry Lakes: Horseshoe Lake Fishing Report