Lake Chabot Fishing Conditions Week of September 23, 2013

Lake Chabot - Castro Valley, CA (Alameda County)

by Lake Chabot Marina
(510) 247-2526

Lake Chabot just received our first trout plant of the season on September 18th. This upcoming week we are expecting another 500 lbs. from Mt. Lassen. We are also set to receive weekly trout plants for the next several months. The water temperature is still a little warm, so trout fishing won't be too active right now. Fishing for catfish might be a better choice when fishing out here. Even though the water is getting lower and the algae are blooming, the lake still looks as beautiful as always.

When you bring in your big fish, 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 and pin. For beginning anglers, if you have any questions on what to use, please come down to the Marina and one of our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you get set up for your fishing adventure.

New apparel at Lake Chabot!
We've got some new apparel here at Lake Chabot! We just got a new shipment in of shirts and a new variation on one of our sweatshirts. Our original pink and orange sweatshirts now come in grey! We also have a brand new stylish light blue Tee, as well as a new brown trout tee shirt. Perfect new look for back to school... No matter the size, come by and check them out!

Fish Plants
The last plant of catfish from Mt. Lassen was on September 3rd at 780 lbs.

We did receive our first of many trout plants of 500 lbs. on September 18, 2013 from Mt. Lassen.

Fishing Hotspots Map (PDF) Download Fishing Hotspots Map (PDF). Last updated September 12, 2013.

HALF OFF ALL BOAT RENTALS (including Patio Boats!)
Tuesday -- Thursday (non-holidays)

Catfishing slowed down quite a bit for anglers fishing off boats, but fishing at night is starting to pick up. The first and second dock on the west shore trail is starting to be the new hot spot for nighttime catfishing. Reports of several nice size catfish are getting pulled out by this area. This dock tends to get pretty packed at night so make sure to come early to claim your spot! Our latest catfish plant was on September 3, 2013 with 780 lbs from Mt. Lassen. We only have a couple more catfish plants scheduled for this summer and as soon as the water temperature cools down we will start planting trout again. Water temperature will determine how active catfishing will be. The warmer the water the more active they will be, especially at night. Typically around this time of the year, catfish are going to be located by Raccoon point, behind the island, back by the dam and bass cove during the day. Anglers are using mackerel, anchovies and chicken liver for bait.

Trout fishing is extremely slow right now. Trout fishing is going to be slow for a while until the water temperature cools down. We are expecting another trout plant later on this week. For now, make sure to use bait that is bright to lure the fish in. If you are going to be trolling, the best lures to use are Firetiger Rapalas, Kastmasters and Mirashads. As we get closer to fall the water will begin to cool off. Once trout season starts to pick up, chartreuse and rainbow Powerbait will be the best baits to catch with! When trolling, make sure to let out about a hundred feet of line and let the motor do all the work but also be wary of other anglers on the shoreline so your lines don't get caught!

Bass fishing has slowed down over the past couple of weeks! Bass are currently suspended about 15-20 feet deep. If you are fishing for bass, they are hitting mostly in the early mornings and evenings mostly on plastics, jigs and hula grubs. Silver Rainbow Flukes are also doing really well with 3/0 wide shank hook. Several reports of bass anglers using swimbaits are getting a lot of follows but can't seem to pull them out of Half Moon Bay. Livewells can be provided upon request thanks to Walton's Pond. A couple good spots to fish for bass are; near the island or the tulles by Raccoon Point. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!

Monday -- Thursday
Boat rentals are 6:00am -- 4:00pm
Boats due in by 5:00pm

Friday -- Sunday
Boat rentals are 6:00am -- 5:00pm
Boats due in by 6:00pm

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

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