Lake Del Valle Fishing Report

Del Valle Lake - Livermore, CA (Alameda County)

Sophia Kirkpatrick from Sunnyvale caught a 5.85 lb. Striper she was using Anchovies caught at the Lower Narrows.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lake Del Valle

by Del Valle Marina
3-29-2021
(510) 544-3146
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Fishing at Lake Del Valle has been pretty good for Stripers and Catfish this week. The hot spots have been Hetch Hetchy Campground area, Heron Bay and the Dam. Stripers and Catfish have been biting on Anchovies.
 
Weather: The weather this past week has been cold in the morning warming up during the day.
 
Clarity of water: The water is very clear visibility is around 6 feet.
 
Temperature of Lake: Holding at 58 Degrees F.
 
Hot spots: Hetch Hetchy Campground area, Heron Bay and the Dam.
Bait to use to catch Striped Bass and Catfish is Anchovies or anything that replicates a shad will work as well because they are out chasing and eating shad.
Bait to use to catch Trout is Power Bait and Lures.
 
Fish Plants:
3-26-21 975 lbs. from DFG
 
Don’t forget to fish Lake Del Valle anyone 16 or older must have a Del Valle Fishing Permit, and a California Fishing License. The Fishing Permit is $5.00 per person 16 or older. You can purchase them at the Main Kiosk or at the Bait Store located at the Marina. For the Fishing License you can purchase them at the Bait Store. It is $17.02 for the day. And if you are a California residence for the year it would be $52.66.
 
Here is a report from our very own Fisherman Dr. Al Hurwitz:
 
Al Hurwitz of Saratoga and Abbey Lev of Sunnyvale trolled the entire lake today. Initially we went looking for Rainbow Trout, trolling Speedy Shiners 15 feet below the surface. Then later trolled for Smallmouth Bass with feathered Panther Martin Spinners, also trolling 15 feet below the surface. No bites. Most of the fish were seen on the sonar unit along the western shore of the lake opposite Swallow Bay and the Narrows. The fish were in 30-foot water columns and were located 10-20 feet below the surface but had a bad case of “lockjaw“. We spoke with other fishermen who were still fishing, and they also had no luck. I think the gusty winds and the unexpected low-pressure system made the troll very difficult. The lake level is coming up with good clarity. Surface temperature rose over the day from the low up to mid-fifties. We are waiting for more warmth in the water and higher lake levels for the fishing conditions to improve. Once that happens, trollers and all fishermen will have more success. See you soon.
 
All the best, Dr. Al Hurwitz


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