Lake Del Valle Fishing Report

Del Valle Lake - Livermore, CA (Alameda County)

Smallmouth Bass
Paul with one of the large Smallmouths weight 1.9 Pounds.

by Del Valle Marina
(510) 544-3146

The stripers have been boiling like crazy in several areas of Lake Del Valle.

Weather: Weather at the lake has been warm ranging in the high 70-s to 80 degrees. The water surface temperature is 76 degrees.

Clarity of Water: The water is clear around the Marina and the farther you go to the Dam the better the water clarity will get.
 Hot spots: The hot spot has been by the Dam and Swallow Bay

What Bait to Use:

Stripers- Anchovies

Catfish- Chicken Liver, Anchovies, Sardines and Night Crawlers. Catfish tend to not be interested in any lures.

Trout- Power bait, Worms, have been working well. Trout also love lures such as Panther Martins, Kastmaster, Roster Tails, and all types of small Spinners. But as of right now trout are slowing down a lot due to the warm water.

Largemouth/ Smallmouth- Plastic Worms have been a good choice, another good choice is Jigs or Drop Shots.

Crappie/Panfish-  Night Crawlers, Redworms, and little Micro Jigs have been working good as well.

Fish plant on 9/14 from Tsai Enterprises 600 Catfish.

Paul Clouse of Lafayette, Al Hurwitz of Saratoga trolled Lake Del Valle on 9/16/21. We caught 11 fish including 9 smallmouth, 1 largemouth, and 1 Bluegill. Several other sallies in the 1-1.8 lb. range were also aught. The fish were hoked about 20-25 feet below the surface trolling a variety of Panther Martin spinners and were usually offshore in the 30-40 foot water column. We applies scent liberally to the lures. Many of the fish related to underwater structure, surface cover and points. All the fish were releases in good condition. The water surface temperature was 74-75 degrees and was reasonably clear except for some top water algae. The weather was beautiful with mild winds and temperate conditions. I expect the smallmouth bass fishing to continue to be excellent in the weeks ahead. As always the bait set up and the staff assistance are excellent.- Dr. Al Hurwitz

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