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Read about fishing at Los Vaqueros in this book.

Map of Reservoir & Location Names
Reservoir Fishing Records!
How to Get Here
Map of the Watershed
Q&A About Visiting
Los Vaqueros
Open seven days a week.
Summer hours are: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fish Plants at Los Vaqueros
5/19/2015 10000 Lassen
5/13/2015 1000 Lassen
5/6/2015 1000 Lassen
4/27/2015 1000 Lassen
4/21/2015 1000 Lassen
4/14/2015 900 DFW
4/12/2015 1000 Lassen
4/9/2015 3000 Lassen
4/2/2015 3000 Lassen
3/24/2015 3000 Lassen
3/17/2015 1000 Lassen
3/15/2015 1500 DFW
3/10/2015 1000 Lassen
3/3/2015 1000 Lassen
2/26/2015 1000 Lassen
2/19/2015 1000 Lassen
2/11/2015 1000 Lassen
2/3/2015 1000 Lassen
1/27/2015 1000 Lassen
1/21/2015 1000 Lassen
1/13/2015 1000 Lassen
1/8/2015 1000 Lassen
1/6/2015 1400 DFW
TOTAL FOR YEAR: 38800 lbs.
Lassen = Lassen Trout Farm
Calaveras = Calaveras Trout Farm
DFW = Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Catfish = Catfish planting




The Los Vaqueros Marina is open after being closed for more than a year due to the expansion of the reservoir.

In addition to the beautiful Marina, electric boat rentals have resumed and the reservoir's shoreline is accessible to the public. There are four fishing piers along the shore of the reservoir.

The Marina and the south entrance to the watershed is accessible from Vasco Road at the Alameda-Contra Costa County line near Livermore.

Call (925) 371-2628 for more information.

The lake has been stocked with game fish including rainbow trout, salmon and largemouth black bass.

NorCal Fishing has the contract to manage the watershed recreation facilities. Their web site includes a photo gallery, updates and links to other local fishing areas.

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.

The reservoir is available for day use only.

We recently found three fishing videos of extremely successful trips to LV.

San Jose's Raul Moreno of the Bay Area Fishing Club sent this video he shot with a Go Pro 3+ of his friend Hector landing and releasing an estimated 5 pound largemouth bass. They caught it on a zara spook in mid-October 2014. They caught their limits of striped bass, didn't have any luck with trout and targeted largemouth in a cove. Hector and Raul are both regulars at Los Vaqueros. Look up the Bay Area Fishing Club on Instagram to see more of their photos.

The video below, shot on Dec. 6, 2013, includes landing a 30-pound striper, the largest fish caught at LV in about a year. (Jump ahead to the two last minutes of the video to see that battle).

In the video below, fisherman Will Klair returned to Los Vaqueros on Dec. 5, 2013, and brought along his video camera to record the action. Will is fishing with Dionnie Palm and Carrie Klair.

While the sound isn't that great on the nearly-five minute video, there's no doubt they had a successful -- if not freezing -- day at LV, catching five nice-sized trout.

Eleven months ago, the Boulder Creek resident shot a similar video. We featured that on our various web sites, and it was seen more than 2,500 times and is the most-popular of the many fishing videos Will has produced.


Los Vaqueros Fish Poster
Rainbow Trout
Kokanee (Sockeye) Salmon
Largemouth Black Bass
Brown Bullhead
Channel Catfish
White Catfish
Bluegill Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Green Sunfish
White Crappie
Sacramento Perch
Striped Bass

Catfish 10
Black Bass 5 (min. length 12 inches)
Trout 5
Salmon 5
Crappie 25
Striped Bass 2 (min. length 18 inches).

Call (925) 371-2628

Here is a Google map that will get you to the Marina.



We continue to experience some very good to excellent spring fishing. Trout are active and stripers are slowing down. The water level is currently at 110,800 acre feet. The water level is dropping due to use. The water temperature is at 63 degrees. Our water clarity continues to be good. A good number of trout and stripers continue to be caught both from shore and from boats. We’ve had high winds the last few weeks, call us at (925) 371-2628 if you intend to rent a boat, we have a very local and pretty accurate forecast.

A 13.42 pound catfish topped the scales this week, with an 11.18 trout not too far behind.

On Saturday, June 7 we’ll have a “Fishing for Beginners” program at the Marina starting at 9 a.m. Naturalist John Mottashed will lead the program aimed at boys and girls 5 to 10 years of age. We’ll have loaner rods available, though you should arrive early if you need them. John will talk about everything from casting to tying knots to ways of attracting fish to your hook.

The Interpretive Center is open from 9 to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays.


Fishing for trout continues to be good with the cooler weather and regular trout plants. They are being caught in South Cove, Oak Point as well as around the lake. The baits of choice for shore anglers are garlic scented PowerBaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. There was a 1,000 pound plant on Tuesday, May 19th. We will be planting later this week and will be planting once a week until the water temperature becomes too high to plant safely. Limits and large fish are coming out of the lake all over. We continue to have anglers catching significant numbers of fish.

When boats are available, trolling is popular with anglers using Rapalas and other lures in the coves. Fishing from the shore past the Marina has picked up for trout. From the shore, bait fishing with garlic scented PowerBaits and casting lures like Kastmasters or a Rapala are doing well. There is no need for line heavier than 6 lb test. Last week saw a surge in larger fish as well as more limits. South Cove gave up a 10.59 on a Rapala, an 8.04 on yellow PowerBait, and an 11.18 on a Kastmaster. Cowboy Cove saw a 7.91 on a Rapala. A lot of limits and nice stringers were seen at the fish cleaning station and being carried up to people’s cars.


Most anglers were focused on stripers or trout. No largemouth were reported this week with wind reducing the number of boats being rented. 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. The reservoir is now full of excellent habitat for the bass so we anticipate this fishery to improve over the coming years.


Striper fishing has slowed with the cool water but fish continue to be caught. Limits of 18-24 inch fish are being caught both off the shore with the fishing pier by the Marina and past the Rock Wall being popular locations with a lot of shakers and keepers being caught. From shore, cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice. Stripers need to be 18 inches or more. We are continuing to see a significant number of under size fish being caught and gently released. Please release the small fish as quickly and carefully as possible. They are the future of our striped bass fishery.


With the cooler water there have been very few reports of catfish this week. Another large catfish caught on the north side of the lake from shore, a 10.7 pounder on an anchovy. Also a 13.42 pound catfish was caught from the fishing pier by the marina on an anchovy. For those wishing to target catfish, anchovy continues to be the best choice of bait. We encourage and appreciate the release of any monster catfish (15 lbs plus). This summer, once the water temperature increases, we plan on planting more catfish.

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