Del Valle Lake Fishing Report

Del Valle Lake - Livermore, CA (Alameda County)

by Del Valle Marina
(510) 544-3146

Striped Bass: The stripers are average size being 5-8lbs. Lots of the bigger fish are being caught in Heron bay, the narrows and near the dam. The striper boils are growing, and fishermen are taking full advantage, with the boils only lasting from about 6am – 7am you got to be out here early if you want to be apart of the topwater action. After the boils die down the best bet is frozen cut baits like Anchovies, Sardines, Shad, and chicken liver. The hot striper lures include Flukes(White, Silver/blue), Super spook Jr’s, and anything that could mimic a shad.  They are being caught just before swallow bay and near the  dam.

Large/Smallmouth Bass: The Bass are in more open water hanging around rock points, weed lines, drop offs, and any structure you can find. They were caught 1-15 feet below the surface in 20-45-foot water columns. Some larger fish in the 1.5-2.5lb ranger were caught in the flats of Heron bay. If you like trolling the Smallies can be found in Swallow Bay and Heron bay.

Panfish: The panfish have been loving that the bass are off the beds and are very much active. The best baits for the panfish are redworms, nightcrawlers, and little jigs.

Catfish: This last month we had a total of 750lb of Catfish planted in the lake 8/3.  They like the narrows and swallow bay and all the coves with structure. Anchovies and Mackerel have been top producers. Nightcrawlers, anchovies and sardines have also been a hot ticket for these cats.  

The fishing has been HOT for most species of fish this August, Stripers and cats are this week’s main attraction for fishing. Anchovies seem to be the most favored bait then nightcrawlers. The bass are finally off their beds and are in a little deeper water now, fish structure and rock points. Bluegill and crappie are loving  redworms and pieces of worms. The fishing is great and I can’t wait to get back out there and get some limits!

Good Luck Fishin’

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