Del Valle Lake Fishing Report

Del Valle Lake - Livermore, CA (Alameda County)

Channel Catfish
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Del Valle Lake Staff

by Del Valle Marina
(510) 544-3146

Trout: Time to bring out that Powerbait and rig up some ¼ oz Panther Martins because the trout have started to bite. The water is finally cold enough on the surface, they are finally in the top water column as well as near the bank. They are pretty active recently having numerous being reported already. Abbey Lev brought in a beautiful 6.65 Rainbow that he caught on the East wall before Heron Bay using a ¼ oz panther martin trolling. We also received a Trout plant and those fish are finally becoming comfortable enough to bite . Also were receiving another 750Lbs Mt. Lassen trout plant sometime between Oct 28 - Nov 1.

Striped Bass: Stripers are no longer at the dam boiling like they were these past weeks. Since the water level is dropping as we head into fall, the Striper have been pressured off the shallow bait balls and have been found mostly in the Heron bay. Anchovies still produce consistently throughout the day but produce best in the mornings and evenings. Other good producing baits are medium sized swimbaits and topwater spooks off of rock walls.

Large/Smallmouth: The Bass have moved off their beds and are in more open water hanging around rock points, weed lines, drop offs, and any structure you can find. Lots of smallmouth in the 1.5 – 2lb range this week, most being caught on jerk baits, crankbaits, and grub jigs. If you like trolling, the Smallies can be found in the Upper & Lower Narrows. The best trolling baits for Smallmouth Bass are inline spinners and small square bill crankbaits.
 Bluegill/Panfish: All of the Panfish are putting up numbers, Bluegill and Crappie have been favoring Red Worms and Mini Nightcrawlers. Other productive baits have been panfish jigs and small Castmasters in a variety of colors. The Panfish are on the mainlake trees and beaches.

Catfish: The catfish always seem to prefer cut baits like Anchovies, Sardines, Mackerel, and Chicken liver. The cats have been being caught all over the lake biting whatever is in front of them, the Narrows and by Swallow Bay have been productive recently. Damic Chang caught a nice 22 lbs cat by the mouth of Swallow Bay on Anchovies, David Wang caught 5 decent cats 7.5,5.0,6.0,3.5,4.5 in the morning just before Swallow Bay on Anchovies finally Jesus Oseguera caught a 9.95 lbs catfish at Swallow Bay on Anchovies.

Water Clarity: The water clarity is poor with only about a foot and a half of vizablitie before the Swallow Bay. After Swallow Bay the water clarity gets a little better at around 3 to 4 foot visibility. The water clarity is so poor because of the water receding once the water is done going down the water clarity will improve substantially

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