Lake Chabot Fish Report -- Catfish season almost over, Trout are being planted, Bass bite is slowing

Lake Chabot - Castro Valley, CA (Alameda County)


by Lake Chabot Marina
10-18-2012
(510) 247-2526
Website

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fall is in full swing and the weather is slowly starting to drop - though it's still fluctuating between low 80s and high 60's. Catfish are still being caught, though we estimate that it'll slow down here soon once the weather drops even more. They are still being caught over in Half Moon Bay, Bass Cove and over by the dam. Water clarity is around 0 foot visibility near the shoreline but in deeper parts of the lake it's around 6-7 foot visibility. The wind has been slowing down in the afternoons though it randomly does pick up some days causing us to not send out rows, kayaks and electric boats. The lake is done losing water due to the construction on the west shore trail at the marina. The project is set to be completed by October 15, 2012. Sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

We have planted 2,000 lbs of trout from Mount Lassen within the past month. We will continue with our regular trout plants again. When you bring in a fish of 5 lbs or more, we will take your picture and give you a "Lake Chabot Whopper club" button. If you catch a whopper over 8 lbs (trout), 10 lbs (catfish) or 5 lbs (bass), you will also receive a Lake Chabot Whopper mug. For beginning anglers, if you have any questions on what to use, please come down to the Marina and one of our friendly staff members will be more than happy to help you set up on your fishing adventure. Boat rentals have slowed down, so take advantage of the small crowds and come take out a boat! As mentioned before, the wind picking up in the late afternoon has been causing us to give out warnings or not send out rows, kayaks, or electric boats due to safety hazards.

We have converted back to our regular fall hours! On Mon - Thurs we are closing at 5:00pm and stopping boat rentals at 4:00pm. Fri - Sun we are closing at 6:00pm and stopping boat rentals at 5:00pm. We are making no exceptions if you come in at 4:00pm/5:00pm to rent a boat, we stop renting at those times for a reason.

TROUT
Catfish season is nearly over! Even though catfish are still biting relatively well, there is no excuse to not start trout fishing! We have already had our fourth trout plant and are waiting on our fifth for sometime this week. If fishing for trout, it's best to go to the clearest parts of the lake which are by the dam and Half Moon Bay area. If you are planning to troll, the water is still pretty warm, so you may want to experiment with different sized weights and drop them lower than you usually would. Trout fishing is starting to pick up a little mid-morning. This past week several nice size trout were pulled out from anglers using Rapalas with a Firetiger pattern. Usually some of the best lures to troll with are, Firetiger Rapalas, Kastmasters, and Mirashads. When they do start to bite more frequently, chartreuse and rainbow Powerbait will be your best friend! When trolling for trout, be careful with the anglers fishing on the shoreline.

BASS
Bass fishing has been slowing down as we enter into trout season. Bass are currently in post-spawn mode, so they are near the shoreline, about 10-15 feet deep. If you are fishing for bass, they are hitting mostly in the early mornings and evenings on plastics, jigs and hula grubs. A good spot to fish for bass would be near the island, or the tulles by Raccoon Point. Most of the anglers are throwing Senkos, drop shots and Brush hogs to get the fish to come out from their deep, off-shoreline structure. Livewells can be provided upon request thanks to Walton's Pond. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked in the lake and their population depends on you!

CATFISH
Bass fishing has been slowing down as we enter into trout season. Bass are currently in post-spawn mode, so they are near the shoreline, about 10-15 feet deep. If you are fishing for bass, they are hitting mostly in the early mornings and evenings on plastics, jigs and hula grubs. A good spot to fish for bass would be near the island, or the tulles by Raccoon Point. Most of the anglers are throwing Senkos, drop shots and Brush hogs to get the fish to come out from their deep, off-shoreline structure. Livewells can be provided upon request thanks to Walton's Pond. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked in the lake and their population depends on you!

WHOPPERS
No whopper were recorded this past week.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday -- Thursday: Boat rentals are from 6:00am - 4:00pm. Boats are due in by 5:00pm.
Friday -- Sunday: Boat rentals are from 6:00am - 5:00pm. Boats are due in by 6:00pm.

Hours subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels.


< Previous Report Next Report >




< Previous Report Next Report >


More Reports


9-25-2012
Lake Chabot's Fishing Conditions Week of September 23, 2012 GENERAL CONDITIONS With summer ending just last week and fall beginning, the weather is...... Read More


9-20-2012
Lake Chabot's Fishing Conditions Week of September 16, 2012 With summer coming to an end very soon, the weather has been pretty...... Read More