Trout planting continues; we planted 3,000 lbs Lassen trout May 6. We planted 2,000 lbs of Lassen trout on April 27. Plants will continue as weather and water temperature allows. Good sized stripers are still being caught. The water level is currently at 126K-acre feet. The water temperature is 62 degrees. 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 NWS forecast. May is traditionally a windy month here. Remember; rental boats are first come first serve. Weekends and some weekdays sell out quickly.
- Annual Parking Passes are available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fishing Licenses are available for purchase at the Marina.
- The Interpretive Center is currently closed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shore fishing is available on the South side of the reservoir, near Livermore. The Marina offers fishing licenses, bait, and snacks.
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.
- Recreation Fees
- Watershed Hours
- Directions to Los Vaqueros
- Watershed Map (PDF)
- Water Level and Weather Conditions
- Boat Rentals
Call the Marina with questions at 925-371-2628.