Lake Chabot fishing is slowing for most species, trout action is picking up

Lake Chabot - Castro Valley, CA (Alameda County)

by Lake Chabot Marina
(510) 247-2526

Over the past week or so, the weather has been dropping more and the hot weather is starting to come to an end, hopefully! The rain should be picking up within the next month which means that the lake will start to fill up as well as the likelihood of catching trout will start to increase. Though the rain is expected, it doesn't mean that it will happen but it will cool down the lake and the trout will hopefully be more active. Catfish are still being caught, though it's estimated to slow down as soon as the weather drops even more. They are still being caught over in the Half Moon Bay, Bass Cove and dam areas.

Water clarity is about 0 foot visibility near the shoreline but in the deeper parts of the lake, it's about 6-7 foot visibility. The wind has been slowing down in the afternoons, though it does randomly 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 construction was set to be finished on October 15, 2012, but has yet to be completed. They do not have a set date for when it will be finished yet. Sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

We have planted 3,000 lbs of trout from Mount Lassen within the past month. We will continue with our regular trout plants again, though they are being planted over in Coot's Landing still. 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 get set up on your fishing adventure. Boat rentals have slowed down due to the weather and summer ending, 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 caused us to give out warnings or not send out rows, kayaks or electric boats do to safety hazards. We have converted back to our winter hours! Every day we will be opening at 6:30am and closing at 4:30pm and stopping boat rentals at 3:30pm. Weekends will be the same time as of Thursday, November 1st. We are making no exceptions if you come in at 3:30pm to rent a boat, we stop renting at those times for a reason.

Catfish season is nearly over! Even though catfish are still biting relatively well, there is no excuse to not start trout fishing! Last week several nice size trout were pulled out trolling top water lures. 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 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!

Summer is over and catfish are slowing down. The water temperature was warm and consistent all summer long, but it is starting to cool off a bit. We planted a little over 5,000 lbs of catfish into Lake Chabot this season. Typically around this time, catfish are going to be located by Raccoon point, but they have also been around the Half Moon Bay area, behind the island, and Coot's Landing. Anglers are using mackerel, anchovies and chicken liver for bait, as well as night crawlers. We are done planting catfish for the year, so grab your most stinky bait and come on out before all the catfish swim back down to the bottom of the lake!

October 23rd, Steve Pulidio Jr caught a 5.10 lb trout over in Half Moon Bay using a Rapala.

October 27th, Loren Lim caught a 5.05 lb trout using a Firetiger Rapala over in the area around Coot's Landing and Andrew Kowal caught an 8.4 pounder over in the dam area using a Firetiger Rapala as well. On October 29th, Don Bradley caught a 7.7 lbs trout over in Indian Cove using rainbow Powerbait.

Andrew Kowal with his 8.4 pounder

Don Bradley with 7.7 lbs trout

Monday -- Sunday: Boat rentals are from 6:30am - 3:30pm. Boats are due in by 4:30pm.
Hours subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels.

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