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
November 29, 2016
The 2017 Annual LV Parking Permits are now available at the Marina, North Kiosk, and Watershed Office. Costs remain the same as last year and are: $85 for the general public, $80 for general public seniors (over 62), $75 for CCWD rate payers and $70 for senior (over 62) rate payers.
You can also purchase your 2017 California State Fishing License at the Marina. Bring your I.D. or an old fishing license. There is no increase in prices this year.
Fall fishing is underway at Los Vaqueros with small striped bass very present along with trout and catfish.
Our water clarity is good
Several large trout were brought into the Marina this week. These included an 8 pound fish caught on a Kastmaster in South Cove, a 7.1 pounder caught in Cowboy Cove on PowerBait and a 7.2 pound trout caught on a nightcrawler in South Cove.
Two nice-sized stripers were also caught; An 11.71 pounder in Cowboy Cove on a nightcrawler and a 7.2 pound fish on an anchovy from the Marina dock.
Three large cats were caught this week in Peninsula Cove on anchovies. They were 13.6, 12.0 and 12.5 pounds.
Fishing for trout continues to be good even with the increased water temperature. 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 or Kastmaster lures. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. There was a 1000 pound Lassen plant on November 28th. 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. Several large trout were brought into the Marina this week. These included an 8 pound fish caught on a Kastmaster in South Cove, a 7.1 pounder caught in Cowboy Cove on powerbait and a 7.2 pound trout caught on a nightcrawler in South Cove. More limits are starting to show up from South Cove and from boats around the lake.
With boats we are getting reports of fish being caught in Cowboy and Peninsula coves. From the shore. There is no need for line heavier than 6 lb test. Fish are still coming out of South Cove and from past the Rock Wall.
Most anglers were focused on stripers or trout although there still are many sighting near the boat dock and adjacent fishing pier and along the Rock Wall. Senkos have been seen catching some nice fish in that area. 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.
We are still seeing striper boils around the lake, mostly early in the morning and toward closing. Shakers continue to be the main action with striped bass. We are still seeing many undersized fish being caught for every keeper. The fishing pier by the Marina has been particularly good. 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. An 11.71 pound striper was caught in Cowboy Cove on a nightcrawler and a 7.2 pound fish was caught on an anchovy from the Marina dock.
Catfish are hit or miss with fish being reported out of Cowboy and South Coves. As the water warms we look to see more fish being caught. 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). Three large cats were caught this week in Peninsula Cove on anchovies. They were 13.6, 12.0 and 12.5 pounds.
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.
northside of the reservoir on March 26, 2016