Trout fishing is amazing at Lake Chabot

Lake Chabot - Castro Valley, CA (Alameda County)

by Lake Chabot Marina
(510) 247-2526

Lake Chabot Fishing Outfitters would like to thank all the Veteran past and present for you service and sacrifice to this great country. From the manager here at Lake Chabot Semper Fi

Trout fishing is amazing right now!!!!! Our last plant was on October 25th of 750 lbs. from Mt. Lassen. The next two weeks we are expecting 500 lbs. (usually on a Wednesday or Thursday) of rainbow trout. Trolling for trout is the only way to fish right now. Trout are getting pulled out trolling from the surface down to 15 feet. Firetiger lures and Kastmasters have been working exceptionally well the past couple weeks. If you are going out on a boat, some hot spots are around the island, half moon bay and back by bass cove. The water temperature is cooling off with the lower temps at night, and trout activity is picking up. Catfish activity is decreasing right now as we are seeing less and less catches being made with cooling waters.

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 5 lbs (trout), 8 lbs (catfish) or 3 lbs (bass) you will receive a whopper club 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!

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

Catfishing is slowing down a little as we get a little closer to winter, but still catfish several reported getting caught this past week. Catfishing will continue to slow down as the water temperatures cools down. Several weeks ago more than a few nice size catfish were reported caught on the first and second dock. Our last catfish plant was on September 3, 2013 with 780 lbs from Mt. Lassen. 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 is amazing!!!! Top water trolling is causing anglers to limit out on trout fishing early to mid morning this past week. The algae problem is slowly going away so fishing is getting better every day. This week and next week we are also expecting another trout plant of 500 lbs. from Mt. Lassen. Our first whopper was caught on 10-15-13 by Brett Allen (also an employee of Lake Chabot Marina) of Castro Valley trolling a gold Kastmaster. He again went out again on the very next day and caught another whopper using the same bait. Today (October 28th), he went out again and caught another whopper with his friend. This week, Brett went out again and caught another whopper on Tuesday morning. So if you're new to fishing and need some help with your set up. He is the guy to talk to about setting up your rod and reel. 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. The bait to use right now is chartreuse and rainbow Powerbait. 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!

Brett Allen (employee of Lake Chabot) of Castro Valley caught two whoppers two weeks ago trolling a gold Kastmaster and this week on 11-5-13 he caught another 5 lbs. trout trolling by the dam using the same kastmaster.

Attention all boaters we now offer food delivery to your boat! Call the marina place and order for $25 or more and it will be brought to your boat. Credit/Debit only.

Including Patio Boats! Tuesday -- Thursday. Excluding holidays

New Hours
Monday -- Thursday: Boat rentals are from 6:00 am - 4:00 pm. Boats are due in by 5:00pm and we close at the same time
. Friday -- Sunday: Boat rentals are from 6:00am - 5pm. Boats are due in by 6:00pm and we close at the same time.

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

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