Los Vaqueros Fishing Report

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

Los Vaqueros Fishing Report

by Los Vaqueros Staff
(925) 371-2628

The water temperature is currently 70 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 96K acre-feet. Our water clarity has been good except for windy days.


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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