Fishing

Fishing Report

September 2021

Catfish are back! We planted 1,000 lbs of catfish August 17. We still have a lot of trout out there to be caught! The water temperature is 71 degrees. The water level is currently at 104,000-acre feet. Our water clarity has been good except for windy days. If you are looking to rent a boat it is always a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions. We do our best to advise, but are limited to the National Weather Service forecast. Remember; rental boats are first come first serve. Weekends and some weekdays sell out quickly.

  • Annual Parking Passes are available for a pro-rated price at the Marina and the North Gate.
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fishing Licenses are available for purchase at the Marina.
  • Marina is open! Masks are required indoors. Bait and tackle available for purchase, as well as refreshments and Los Vaqueros gear.
  • The Interpretive Center is open weekends from 9am to 4pm.

Trout

Shore anglers have the most success using garlic scented Powerbait followed by night crawlers. Trolling is doing fairly well especially in the backs of coves. Light tackle is important for catching trout. 4-6-pound test is plenty. Fishing has been good. On days the winds allow boats we have seen a number of limits as well as anglers with just a couple.  

Largemouth Bass

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 undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up. There have been reports that jigging near rocky shores has been successful.  

Stripers

Striper fishing is mixed with both shakers and legal sized fish being caught from around the reservoir. Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice, either from shore or a boat. Cowboy Cove and Howden Cove seem to be the hot spot for stripers. 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

For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait. There has been a steady number of catfish being caught around the reservoir. South Cove, Cowboy Cove and Oak Point have been mentioned by our anglers.

Whopper Mug Rules

  • Trout must be 8 pounds
  • Striped Bass need to be at least 10 pounds 
  • Catfish is at 12 pounds or more 
  • Largemouth Bass remains at 5 pounds and must be released 

Please note: ONLY a photo with a scale or a measuring tape showing the fish being at least 18” will count.

Fish Limits

  • Catfish - 10
  • Black Bass - 5 (minimum length 12 inches)
  • Trout - 5
  • Salmon - 5
  • Crappie - 25
  • Striped Bass - 2 (minimum length 18 inches)

Fishing Access

Shore fishing is available on the South side of the reservoir, near Livermore. The Marina has the following available for purchase: fishing licenses, bait and tackle, snacks, and Los Vaqueros gear.

On the North side of the reservoir, near Brentwood, anglers can park at the John Muir Interpretive Center and hike about a half-mile to fishing areas.

Additional Resources

Call the Marina with questions at 925-371-2628.