Fernando Gonzalez of San Lorenzo caught his record-setting 16.42 pound trout with a gold Kastmaster in South Cove on Jan. 24, 2015.  It's the last record set at the reservoir, and beat the previous mark by .27 pounds.  

Fishing Trail Near Dam Closed Due To Slide

3/20/17 A slide has closed a fishing trail near the dam. The dam-area fishing steps remain open to anglers, but the slide has closed a nearby trail that included access to the shore. We'll announce when the fishing trail is reopened.See a map of the closed trail

Los Vaqueros Fishing Report 

November 14, 2017


Fishing is picking up with trout and striped bass. We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.

The reservoir is currently storing 149,500 acre-feet, 93 percent of its 160,000 acre-foot capacity. The water temperature is between 62 and 64 degrees. The Department of Fish and Wildlife planted 2,500 pounds of trout last week, and we expect to stock trout again this week.

Our water clarity is good.

If you are looking to rent a boat, it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions at (925) 371-2628 or check online here for weather conditions updated hourly.  We continue to see occasional high winds, which stop boat rentals, so please check ahead if you are planning to rent a boat.

This week, we added a third pontoon boat available for rental.

Our winter hours are underway now and we're open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of February. Boats are due in at 3 p.m.


Join Naturalist John Mottashed for a fun and educational hands-on fishing experience at Los Vaqueros Reservoir. This program is intended for boys and girls aged 5 to 10 years.  There will be limited number of loaner rods available on a first-come first-served basis.  Starts at 8 a.m.  Call the Marina for more details at (925) 371-2628.


November is Night Fishing Month at Los Vaqueros.  Every Friday night during the month of November we will be open until 8 p.m. for Night Fishing. Only the shoreline South of the Rockwall is open to anglers.  No extended boating hours.


Trout are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as past the Rock Wall.  The baits of choice for shore anglers are garlic-scented PowerBait, nightcrawlers or Kastmaster lures.  Trolling with Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was a 2,500 pound plant on November 9th.  There will be another plant this week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Trout fishing continues to be fair, mostly in the morning or during evening hours with fish being caught from around the reservoir.


Most anglers were focused on stripers or trout.  Keep in mind that largemouth need to be 12 inches to be kept.  Please release any big largemouth bass you might catch, they are the future of largemouth bass fishing in the reservoir.  If you catch any of undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.


Striper fishing is mixed with fewer shakers showing up but more medium to large fish being caught.  The pier by the Marina and from Oak Point south towards South Cove are doing decently.  Striper boils have slowed, but are still being seen here and there.  Early morning is the best time to find the boils around the lake.  If you happen across a boil, top water lures are doing a good job catching fish.  From shore, cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice.  Just a reminder, stripers need to be 18 inches or more to be legal.  Please release the small fish as quickly and carefully as possible.  They are the future of our striped bass fishery.


Catfish are still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.

Frozen Bait Available At North Entrance Gate on Weekends

We have frozen bait available for purchase at the North Entrance gate (near Brentwood) on the weekends.  We have anchovies, chicken liver and shad. You can only buy the frozen bait at the gate, not the watershed office.

Los Vaqueros, A Popular, Beautiful, Fishing Destination 


Los Vaqueros is not only the largest reservoir in the Bay Area, but has also become a popular fishing destination. 

Trout, stripers and catfish are commonly targeted. With the expansion of the reservoir in 2012, habitat for largemouth bass have been added and that fishery is expected to soon begin to produce exciting opportunities for largemouth anglers. 

The beautiful Los Vaqueros Marina on the reservoir's south side near Livermore offers fishing licenses, bait, snacks and electric boat rentals. 

On the north side of the reservoir near Brentwood, there are no services available, but anglers can park at the John Muir Interpretive Center and take a steep hike about a half-mile to fishing areas near the dam and in Peninsula Cove. 

Here is a map of the watershed. 

There are three fishing piers along the shore of the reservoir.  The pier near the Marina is ADA-accessible.

The Marina and the south entrance to the watershed is accessible from Vasco Road at the Alameda-Contra Costa County line near Livermore. Here are Directions. The lake has been stocked with game fish including rainbow trout, salmon, catfish and largemouth black bass. The reservoir is available for day use only. 

A California State Fishing License and a CCWD Daily Fishing Access Pass Permit ($5) are required for fishing. There is a $6 parking fee to enter Los Vaqueros.

Additional Information

Please call the Marina at 925-371-2628 for more information.
Fish Guy

Safi Sherazi of Brentwood holds the largest of the five trout he caught from the north end of the reservoir on Nov. 1, 2017. He limited at a total of 14 pounds.


Yaken El Nakar with his 6.1 pound trout caught in the South Cove on Aug. 29, 2017.

Fishing At Los Vaqueros

Genro Sato and his family went home on June 24, 2017 with two perfect limits of rainbow trout, which they caught in South Cove on PowerBait.

Enrique Perez - center - went on his first fishing trip at Los Vaqueros on June 7 with his family, and they went home with a variety of fish! 
Micah's First Fishing Trip to Los Vaqueros
One of our regulars brought his son to Los Vaqueros  for the first time in early June.They nailed it! Beautiful day for this little man. A nice 27-inch 7.5 pound striper caught around the corner of South Cove using SPRO lure. See a video they put together on their first day. Look on our Facebook page to see a video the family put together.
LV Trout
A 6.8 pound trout caught by Mark Martin of Fremont,using a Rapala in Cox Cove on May 23, 2017.
LV Angler Kevin Toebeck
Kevin Toebeck of Tracy displays the limit of trout he caught in May, 2017 on the north side of the reservoir.  He used chartreuse and rainbow PowerBait.  

April Trout Derby Top Three

Our month-long April Los Vaqueros Trout Derby was won by Gary Wong of Fremont (top), with a 7.59 pound catch on a lure in South Cove.  He was followed by Paul Vigil (middle) at 6.95 pounds and Moises Israde at 6,68 pounds. The derby ended Sunday with anglers bringing in their latest catches, but those fell short of the top three, all caught about a week earlier.  The winners get their choice of a color portable fish finder, and rod and reel sets. 
Sean Roberts of Concord caught a limit of trout near Cox Cove on March 17, 2017 (unknown bait).
DERBY WINNER!  Erik Patzner of Dublin' caught this 21.23 pounder with a swimbait Oct. 25 to handily win the October Striper Derby. He returned the fish to reservoir.