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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.
September hours are: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fish Plants at Los Vaqueros
8/28/2014 2000 Lassen
8/28/2014 1039 Catfish -- Bundy's
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: 39539 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 two fishing videos of extremely successful trips to LV.

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 summer fishing. Trout and striped bass are both active. The water level is just under 120,000 acre feet. The water level is still dropping, albeit at a much slower level. The water temperature is holding steady at 70 degrees. Our water clarity continues to be good.

There are a lot of fry in the lake and we are seeing an increase in boils, especially early in the morning and in the late afternoon.

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

The fishing pier located about a half-mile north of the Marina off the Los Vaqueros Trail is closed for repairs.

Starting in November, every Friday, from 5 to 8 pm, will be night fishing. Grab your flashlights and come catch those monster stripers and catfish!

Members of the Ratepayer Club can now make reservations for one free boat rental in 2014. If you live within CCWD boundaries, you can join the club. See details in the tab at the top of the page.

Our hours during September are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with boats due in by 5:30 p.m. In October, we’ll close an hour earlier. The Interpretive Center is open from 9 to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Volunteers Needed For CAST Day Oct. 25

The Contra Costa Water District has once again teamed up with the C.A.S.T. For Kids organization to host a free fishing day for children with special needs. This sixth annual event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Marina.

We are currently seeking volunteer anglers to take the children and their family members out in a boat and help them fish. We are also signing up children with special needs (ages 7-18) and their parents/guardians to participate in the event.

Anyone with fishing experience and know-how can be a volunteer, however special needs children and families who participate must reside in one of the following communities to be eligible: Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Clayton, Clyde, Concord, Martinez, Oakley, Pacheco, Pittsburg, Port Costa, and the parts of Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek that receive their treated water directly from CCWD. Each child who participates must be signed-up in advance and accompanied at all times at the event by a parent or guardian.

To sign up as a volunteer or a participant, contact Gina Oltman at or 925-688-8307.


Fishing for trout is picking up a bit with limits of trout starting to show up here and there. They are being caught in South Cove and about the lake. Peninsula, Howden and Cowboy coves all have reported trout. The baits of choice for shore anglers are garlic scented powerbaits or nightcrawlers. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. There was a 2000 pound Lassen plant on August 28th. Light tackle is important for catching trout, 4-6 pound test is plenty.

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. Nightcrawlers or PowerBait 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. 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 anglers 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.


Limits of stripers are still coming out of the lake. Some limits of 18 to 24-inch fish are being caught both off the shore and from boats with some very plump fish being seen. A few nice 25+ inch fish were caught from boats in Howden Cove. 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 released with reports of 20-30 shakers not being uncommon. 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.


Catfish are doing better with reports of fish being caught both from shore and from boats. There was a 1030 pound plant of catfish on the Aug. 28. 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

Don’t 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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