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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.
Winter hours are: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fish Plants at Los Vaqueros
12/15/2014 1000 Lassen
12/9/2014 1000 Lassen
12/1/2014 1000 Lassen
11/19/2014 1000 Lassen
11/13/2014 1500 DFW
11/13/2014 1000 Lassen
11/5/2014 1000 Lassen
10/31/2014 1000 Lassen
10/28/2014 1800 DFG
10/24/2014 1000 Lassen
10/17/2014 1000 Lassen
10/1/2014 1900 DFG
9/30/2014 2000 Lassen
8/28/2014 1039 Catfish -- Bundy's
8/28/2014 2000 Lassen
8/14/2014 1000 count redeared sunfish
8/8/2014 4000 count small largemouth & bluegill
8/8/2014 2000 count bluegill
8/7/2014 1250 Large Catfish
7/23/2014 1000 Lassen
7/9/2014 1000 Lassen
6/26/2014 1250 Catfish -- Bundy's
6/25/2014 1000 Lassen
6/9/2014 1000 Lassen
5/22/2014 1000 Lassen
5/19/2014 1000 Lassen
5/1/2014 1000 Lassen
4/18/2014 2000 Lassen
4/17/2014 2500 DFW
3/24/2014 1000 Lassen
3/19/2014 2000 DFW
3/10/2014 1000 Lassen
2/28/2014 2000 DFW
2/27/2014 1000 Lassen
2/11/2014 1000 Lassen
1/29/2014 2000 DFW
1/28/2014 1000 Lassen
1/24/2014 2500 DFW
1/13/2014 1000 Lassen
1/7/2014 1000 Lassen
TOTAL FOR YEAR: 55739 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 ($4.50) 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 fall fishing. Trout and striped bass are both active. The water level is at 113,265 acre feet and has stabilized. The water temperature is currently at 61 degrees. Our water clarity continues to be good. Even with the rain, intrepid anglers daring the weather continue to catch a lot of fish.

The largest trout this week was a 10.16 pounder on a Rapala in South Cove. A couple of 9+ pound fish as well as many fish over 5 pounds have been coming out of South Cove as well on a variety of baits and lures.

The Ratepayerís Club free boat rental program ends on Jan. 31, though boat rental discounts remain for members. Look at the top of the page for more information on the club.

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

Fishing for trout has picked up with the cooler weather and regular trout plants. They are being caught in South Cove, Oak Point as well as around the lake. Peninsula, Howden, Cox and Cowboy coves all have reported trout. The baits of choice for shore anglers are garlic scented PowerBaits, nightcrawlers or lures like 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 another Lassen plant of 1000 pounds of trout on Monday, December 15th. We will be planting once a week for the foreseeable future. Limits and large fish are coming out of the lake all over. The largest this week was a 10.16 pound trout on a Rapala in South Cove. A couple of 9+ pound fish, as well as many fish over 5 pounds, have been coming out of South Cove as well on a variety of bait including Mouse Tails, PowerBait, and nightcrawlers. Many limits of trout have been seen as well.

Boating anglers are catching trout on bait and by casting lures in the major coves. Some trout are being caught in Cowboy and Peninsula coves. Use a bobber or very small weights. Trolling small Rapalas has been reported as doing well. 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. There were plenty of limits of regular sized fish seen from both shore and boats. Anglers are catching fish scattered along the shore with the South Cove reporting the most fish as many anglers are choosing that cove.


Most anglers were focused on stripers or trout. Some angles have been working the shore around structure and several bass have been caught and released. Some largemouth have been seen and reported being caught from boats. 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 cooling water but fish continue to be caught. Some limits of 18-24 inch fish are being caught both off the shore and from boats with the fishing pier by the Marina being a popular location. Trolling lures using everything from Rat-l-traps to bombers to super spooks seems to be working. From shore, cut anchovies or shad are the bait of choice or casting Super Spooks reporting good success. Stripers need to be 18 inches or more. We are continuing to see a significant number of 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.


Due to the cooler water temperature catfish has slowed significantly. 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).


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.

The 2015 State of California Fishing Licenses are now available for purchase at the Marina. They are good beginning January 1st 2015. Purchase your license now and be prepared.

Donít forget you need both your 2014 State of California Fishing License, on sale at the Marina, and a daily fishing access permit to fish at Los Vaqueros. Fish and Wildlife has been checking fishing licenses so make sure you have one for everyone 16 and over. We suggest taking advantage of the second rod stamp that is available.

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