Fishing

Conditions as of April 23, 2019

Fishing is good with trout being the main fish caught. South Cove and past the Rockwall were productive along with Peninsula and Cowboy Coves. Trout, stripers and catfish have been seen being cleaned at the fish cleaning station. Our water clarity has been good. Check our stats on water level, water temperature, and recent fish plants. If you are looking to rent a boat, contact the Marina ahead of time to check current wind conditions at (925) 371-2628 or check the weather conditions.

Trout

Trout are currently the most caught fish. Shore anglers are having the most success using garlic scented powerbaits 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. Boat fishing was slow this past week with winds limiting boat rentals. South Cove for shore anglers is still productive along with past the Rockwall. A number of nice trout have been caught this past week including a 5.9 using a jig in Cowboy Cove, a 6.67 pound current Derby leader caught in Peninsula Cove on a Kastmaster, a 5.76 and a 4.11 caught on a Rapala near the dam, a couple of 6.4 pounders, a 5.48 pound fish and one at 4.47 pounds.

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. 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. A 15.9 pound striper was caught this past Friday.

Catfish

Catfish are still being caught here and there even with the cooler water and mixed weather. This week continued the trend of winter catfish being caught. For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait. A couple of nice catfish were caught this past week.

Whopper Mug Rules

Trout must be 8 pounds to receive a mug, Striped Bass need to be at least 10 pounds and Catfish is at 12 pounds or more. Largemouth Bass remains at 5 pounds and must be released. ONLY a photo with a scale or a measuring tape showing the fish being at least 18” will count.

Fishing Clinics

Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about lake fishing. From bait and knots to trolling and cleaning, our experienced staff will provide tips to help you reel in a big one. Clinics are tailored to participants’ skill levels. Open to all ages. Reservations are not required, but recommended. Call the Marina at (925) 371-2628. Clinics are held the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Los Vaqueros Marina, 9990 Los Vaqueros Road, Byron.

General Info

Hours: April through August 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Annual Parking Passes for 2019 are available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

Fishing Licenses for 2019 are available for purchase at the Marina.

The Interpretive Center is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

Directions to Los Vaqueros

Watershed Map (PDF)

Location Details

The Marina on the reservoir's south side near Livermore offers fishing licenses, bait, snacks, and electric boat rentals. There are three fishing piers along the shore of the reservoir. The pier near the Marina is ADA-accessible.

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 near the dam and in Peninsula Cove. We have frozen bait available for purchase at the North Entrance gate (near Brentwood) on the weekends. We have anchovies, chicken liver, and shad.