Trout Are Starting to Bite

Del Valle Lake - Livermore, CA (Alameda County)

Anglers name John Lois hometown Livermore species Rainbow trout 6.01lbs caught on a panther martin near the Venados group camp.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Del Valle Marina

by Del Valle Marina
(510) 544-3146

Trout: Time to bring out that Power bait 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. The Trout have been really active this week, but some are still acclimating to the water. Some power bait colors that have been productive recently are rainbow, orange and spring green . Another lure that has been productive this week is the mice tails from power bait in no particular color.

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.
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 largemouth in the 1.5 –3lb range this week, most being caught on soft plastics, crankbaits, and bass jigs. The smallmouth and largemouth bass have moved off the banks and into the 20 to 30 ft depth range. Downsize all your soft plastics and switch to the deeper diving crankbaits.

Bluegill/Panfish: All 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 Kastmasters in a variety of colors. The Panfish are on the main lake trees and beaches.
Catfish:  The catfish always seem to prefer cut baits like Anchovies, Sardines, Mackerel, and Chicken liver. The catfish have been becoming more lethargic during the days but have a peek biting times in the mornings and evenings. Due to the colder water the catfish are going into even deeper water.

General information: Lake Del Valle is expecting another Mt. Lassen trout plant November 11-12. Water clarity has been getting a little better before swallow bay with about 5-7 ft visibility but when its windy it goes down to about 3-5 ft. Also, water temps are 62 degrees

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