Los Vaqueros Fishing Report

Los Vaqueros Reservoir - Livermore, CA (Contra Costa County)

by Los Vaqueros Staff
(925) 371-2628

The water temperature is currently 60 degrees.

CATCHES: Good-sized stripers and trout are still being caught.

LOCATION: In a boat; Peninsula, Cowboy Cove, and Howden Cove have produced limits.

The water level is currently at 98K acre-feet. Our water clarity has been good except for windy days.

RENTALS: If you are looking to rent a boat it is always a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions. We do our best to advise, but are limited to the NWS forecast. Remember; rental boats are first come first serve. Weekends and some weekdays sell out quickly.

The Marina Store is open, hours: 6AM to 7:30PM daily! Masks are recommended indoors. Come inside for your bait and tackle needs. All the usual refreshments and Los Vaqueros gear are available.

PLEASE OBSERVE THE SPEED LIMIT COMING INTO THE MARINA! Our wildlife (Deer) is looking for water and crossing our roads routinely. Please help us protect them. They can cause significant damage to your vehicle if hit as well.

PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT PLEASE! With higher attendance, we are noticing more trash on the shoreline. THIS INCLUDES FISHING LINE! We appreciate everyone’s effort to keep our watershed clean!

2022 Annual Passes now available at Marina and North Gate.

2022 CDFW Fishing Licenses are available for purchase at the Marina.

The Interpretive Center is OPEN 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Masks are recommended inside.  

*Reminder; Out of park by 8:00PM

may Hours are 7 AM to 8 PM.


Shore anglers have the most success using garlic scented Powerbait followed by night crawlers.  Trolling is doing fairly well especially in the backs of coves.  Light tackle is important for catching trout.  4-6-pound test is plenty. Fishing has been good. On days the winds allow boats we have seen a number of limits as well as anglers with just a couple. Remember: Limit is 5 per angler for the day.


Most anglers were focused on stripers or trout.  Keep in mind that largemouth need to be 12 inches to be kept.  Please release any big largemouth bass you might catch; they are the future of largemouth bass fishing in the reservoir.  If you catch any undersized fish, please release them gently and allow them to mature.  There have been reports that jigging near rocky shores has been successful. 


Striper fishing is mixed with both shakers and legal sized fish being caught from around the reservoir.  Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice, either from shore or a boat.  Cowboy Cove and Howden Cove seem to be the hot spot for stripers. Just a reminder, stripers need to be 18 inches or more to be legal.  Please release the small fish as quickly and carefully as possible.  They are the future of our striped bass fishery.


Last plant was August 21st. For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait. There has been a steady number of catfish being caught around the reservoir.  South Cove, Cowboy Cove and Oak Point have been mentioned by our anglers. 

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