March 4, 2014
We continue to experience some very good to excellent winter fishing. Trout and striped bass are both active. The water level is around 125,000 acre feet. The water level is slowing dropping. With the cooler weather, our water temperature has stabilized at around 52-53 degrees. Our water clarity continues to be good on most days.
With the recent rains, the shoreline is muddy and slippery. Wear appropriate shoes and be careful.
The Interpretive Center is open from 9 to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays.
We've closed some trails to protect golden eagles. There should be no impact on anglers accessing the reservoir. If you plan to hike, check with the Marina or at the gate.
In March, we're open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with boats due back at the Marina by 4:30 p.m.
We recommend calling (925) 371-2628 for up-to-date weather and availability information if you plan to rent a boat.
Fishing for trout has been continues to be very good for anglers fishing with bait in the South Cove as well as Cowboy Cove. Trout average a pound and a half, but range up to over 7 lbs. Limits have been common for skilled anglers. February saw 4000 lbs of trout planted. The fish plants will continue in March. Garlic scented PowerBait in rainbow and chartreuse, orange or white mice tails and nightcrawlers are all good choices. Garlic scent on any bait seems to help. It is important to use 3- 4 feet of leader. Using light line also helps; 4 to 6 lb test is plenty. There is no need for heavy weights. Vary your casting length; most of the time shorter casts are better than longer ones. Throwing lures from shore is doing well with anything from Kastmasters to Crocodiles, mostly in silver, silver-blue and gold patterns. A number of larger trout have been caught using small Rapalas, Kastmasters, X-Raps and other lures.
Trolling for trout is rated fair. Anglers trolling a variety of lures report catching trout in the backs of Howden and Peninsula Coves. Coating the lures with scent seems to help. Fish are being caught about 5-7 feet down in 10-20 feet of water. Anglers trolling will catch trout on a variety of lures including Kastmasters, Luhr Jensen Kwikfish, roostertails, rebels, Rapalas, and Thomas Buoyants.
Boating anglers seem to be doing better catching trout on bait and by casting lures in the major coves. Limits of trout are being caught in Howden, Cowboy and Peninsula Coves. Use a bobber or very small weights. Nightcrawlers or power bait is the way to go. There is no need for line heavier than 6 lb test. We suggest moving every half hour or so until you find some feeding fish. A number of 5+ pound fish still continue to be brought into the marina including a couple of 8 pounders and 7 pounders along with plenty of limits of regular sized fish. Many anglers are catching fish all along the shore with the South Cove reporting the most fish as most anglers are choosing that cove. Oak Point as well as past the Rock Wall are producing plenty of trout, there just aren’t as many anglers willing to take the 10-15 minute walk. We anticipate regular trout plants to continue throughout the winter.
Most anglers were focused on stripers or trout. Some anglers have been working the shore around structure and several bass have been caught and released. 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.
With the cooler weather the striper bite has slowed down. There have been a few good looking fish reported being caught on lures and cut anchovies.
Currently fishing for stripers with bait is an up and down affair with some anglers catching limits 18 to 23 inch fish. Cut anchovies or shad will do the trick when bait fishing. Stripers need to be 18 inches or more. We continue to see some under size fish being caught and released. Please release the small fish as quickly and carefully as possible. They are the future of our striped bass fishery.
No salmon were reported this week.
No catfish were reported this week. As the water cools, we anticipate seeing the catfish action continue to slow down. We encourage and appreciate the release of any monster catfish (15 lbs plus).
We are still giving out Whopper mugs. It takes a 5 lb trout to earn a mug, 12 lb striper, 12 lb catfish or a released 5 lb largemouth bass. With the bass, take a picture of your bass before you return it to the reservoir. We preach catch and release. No mugs will be given out for dead largemouth bass brought to the Marina.
Don’t forget to pick up your 2014 State of California Fishing Licenses on sale at the Marina. Fish and Wildlife has been checking fishing licenses so make sure you have one for everyone 16 years and over. We suggest taking advantage of the second rod stamp that is available.