Fishing AT LOS VAQUEROS
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.
LOS VAQUEROS FISHING REPORT
January 17, 2017
Beginning on Feb. 1, our half-price boat days will become 30 percent off on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A three to five hour 16’ rental will be $35 and a full day rental will be $50. The patio boats will be $80.50 for up to 5 hours and $115.50 for a full day.
Los Vaqueros Road, which runs from the South Entrance gate near Livermore to the Marina, was closed for three days last week due to a mud slide. It is now open.
Through Feb. 28, we are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boats are due in at 3 p.m.
Fishing for trout continues to be good. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Peninsula Cove. The baits of choice for shore anglers are garlic-scented Powerbaits, nightcrawlers and Kastmaster lures. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. There was a 1000 pound Lassen plant on January 12th. There will be a plant next week. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. Trout fishing is good, especially in the morning, with limits being caught from around the reservoir and more fish being caught overall.
With boats we are getting reports of fish being caught in Cowboy and Peninsula Coves. A 5.52 pound trout was caught in Howden Cove on a Rapala. Fish are still coming out of South Cove and from past the Rock Wall.
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.
We are starting to see striper boils around the lake, mostly early in the morning and towards closing. Shakers are the main action with striped bass. We are still seeing many undersized fish being caught for every keeper. 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 hit or miss with fish being reported out of Cowboy and South Coves. For those wishing to target catfish, nightcrawlers and chicken liver are the best choices of bait. We encourage and appreciate the release of any monster catfish (15 lbs plus).
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.
Please call the Marina at 925-371-2628 for more information.