Striper action was good to excellent this week at Los Vaqueros

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

by Los Vaqueros Staff
(925) 371-2628

WE ARE BACK! We opened the Marina on Monday October 15. With the marina building open we offer bait, tackle, boat rentals, information, drinks and snacks We encourage you to come on out and see this beautiful new facility. There are some great views and new picnic areas. Additional shoreline for fishing and walking has also opened up. We suggest calling (925) 371-2628 for exact up to date information. The water level is currently at the 100,000 acre feet. Our water temperature is 66 to 68 degrees. Our water is in great shape but can still be impacted short term by water temperatures, wind and air temperatures. Anglers had success catching trout, striped bass and catfish all week long. Wind hampered fishing towards the end of the week. As anglers continue to spread into newly opened areas we anticipate some exciting catches. We planted 1000 pounds of trout on September 18 and another 1000 lbs on September 25. We planted 2400 lbs of trout on Thursday, October 11 and will plant another 2400 lbs on Wednesday, October 17. That is 6800 lbs of trout in less than a month! We will be planting another load of trout either this week or next.

The North entrance to the reservoir reopened on July 14. The stairway to the top of the dam is closed due to construction on the fishing steps by the dam. The trail to the right of the dam remains open. Access to the reservoir for fishing on the north end is currently closed. See the CCWD web site for details. The Interpretive Center is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. We are offering some great programs so check out the CCWD web site.

We are still giving out Whopper mugs. Our program has changed some so check with us at the marina. It takes a 5 lb trout to earn a mug, 12 lb striper, 12 lb catfish and a released 5 lb largemouth bass.

We have State of California Fishing Licenses for sale at the marina. Fish and Game has been checking fishing licenses so make such you have one for everyone 16 or over.

We remind anglers the limit on striped bass is 2 and they need to be at least 18 inches. Make sure you bring a measuring device. Rods must be closely attended.

Use caution as rattlesnakes are active. Please be aware as you walk. Stay away from rock piles and high grass. Never try and pick up a snake.

With cooling temperatures and increased trout plants we have seen an improved trout bite. Anglers took limits of trout early in the week but fishing slowed over the weekend (wind was a big factor).

A load of 2400 lbs of trout went into the reservoir October 11 and another load of 2400 lbs went in on Wednesday October 17. These trout averaged around 2 lbs with fish up to 8 lbs. The South Cove continues to be your best bet for trout but anglers are catching trout all along the shoreline. The best way to catch trout this time of year is with nightcrawlers, power worms or power bait. It is important to use 3 or 4 feet of leader as we are experiencing some weed growth. Using light line also helps; 4 to 6 lb test is plenty. There is no need for heavy weights. Some anglers float their baits under slip bobbers. Fishing is best early in the day or late in the day. Anglers also do well throwing kastmasters, blue fox lures and a variety of other trout lures. We see lots of big fish caught by anglers working lures. Late October should provide some great fishing.

We have very few anglers focusing on largemouth bass. Over all we continue to rate largemouth bass fishing slow to fair. The reservoir is full off excellent bass habitat so throwing a senko around trees and brush should produce some nice largemouth bass. Please release any big largemouth bass you might catch. They are the future of largemouth bass fishing in the reservoir. The fish we have seen caught were in great condition. One angler this week was throwing senko's for largemouth and ended up catching and releasing 10 small stripers.

Fishing for school size stripers from boats was very good to excellent early in the week. On Thursday about 12 of our 16 boats took limits of stripers. Trolling a variety of lures was effective. Several anglers reported catching and releasing 15 or more fish. Finding fish feeding on the surface was a key to success. Fishing for stripers from the shore continues to be rated fair but there is always a chance at some keeper size fish. We continue to see some limits every day. Stripers from 18 inches to 24 inches are caught by anglers putting in the time. Anchovies, sardines or shad should do the trick. There are many fish in the 12 to17 inch range so measure very carefully. Stripers need to be 18 inches or more. Please release the small fish as quickly and carefully as possible. They are the future of our fishery. We did not see any BIG stripers this week.

SALMON No reports on salmon yet this week. We suggest anglers give them a try. Trolling a dodger with a lure of your choice behind the dodger could be productive. In the past anglers have caught salmon on kastmasters with tails and Rapala's in silver and black.

Fishing for catfish is rated fair for anglers putting in the time. Anchovies, liver and nightcrawlers all work well. We did not have any big catfish weighted in but saw lots of fish in the 2 to 3lb range.

Open seven days a week 7:00am - 6:00pm
Boats are due in by 4:30pm.

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