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.
Fishing Trail Near Dam Closed Due To Slide
3/20/17 A slide has closed a fishing trail near the dam. The dam-area fishing steps remain open to anglers, but the slide has closed a nearby trail that included access to the shore. We'll announce when the fishing trail is reopened.See a map of the closed trail
Don’t forget to purchase your April Trout Derby ticket for $5 at the North or South Kiosk or at the Marina. You must have a ticket before you catch that trout.
Fishing for trout continues to be good even with the murky waters. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Peninsula Cove. The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented powerbaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. There was a 1000 pound Lassen plant on March 20th. There will be another plant next week. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. Trout fishing is fair, mostly in the morning, with fish being caught from around the reservoir. With boats we are getting reports of fish being caught in Cox and Peninsula coves. There is no need for line heavier than 6 lb test. This weekend saw some nice trout come in from South Cove and past the Rock Wall. From boats they were caught in Cowboy, Peninsula and Howden coves. Most ranged in the 1½ to 2 pound range but there were a few 3+ pound fish.
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.
Striper fishing has slowed due to the murkier waters from the rain. Shakers are the main action with striped bass. We are still seeing 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 were productive last week 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, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.
Whopper Mug rules are: Trout now 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 pound and must be released. ONLY a photo with a scale or a measuring tape showing the fish being at least 18” will count.
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.