Open seven days a week.
Summer Hours hours are: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fish Plants at Los Vaqueros
TOTAL FOR YEAR: 25000 lbs.
Lassen = Lassen Trout Farm
Calaveras = Calaveras Trout Farm
DFW = Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Catfish = Catfish planting
Kids and Women lead 'Grand Reopening'Fishing Derby,
Largest Fishing Event at LV!
Women and kids were the top anglers at the Los Vaqueros Marina Grand Reopening Saturday,April 20.
the largest fishing event ever held at the watershed.
Jacob Fogelstrom of Brentwood not only won the kids’s division, but also caught the largest fish of the fishing derby with a 6.74 catch. It was the biggest fish he ever caught, and put up quite a fight. Diana Pena of San Bruno won the adult division with a 5.02 pound catch, a fish she didn’t think was that big. But it was good enough to win her a Supreme xt spin reel and Okuma reflexion spin rod. Jacob won a Fenwick Eagle GT spin rod and Pflueger President spin reel. Prizes were awarded down to eight places in both divisions.
More than 220 cars passed through the gates at the watershed, filling the parking lots. Some anglers arrived 2.5 hours before the watershed opened at 6 a.m. to get their first shot at the fish. There were also 100 tagged fish released at the reservoir, but only a handful were caught on Saturday. Anglers have until the end of the month to collect prizes for catching the tagged fish.
In addition to the fishing derby, there were hikes, archaeological demonstrations and kids’ fishing lessons offered. More than 220 cars passed through the gates, and some of the shoreline fishing areas were packed with anglers, drawn by the 8,000 pound of trout that were planted at the reservoir during the week before the event.
Though the wind picked up in the early afternoon, most of the morning and evening were pleasant with warm temperatures and clear skies.
Brothers Will (white glasses) and Bruce Klair, and Will's girlfriend Dionnie were fishing at LV in January, 2013 and posted this entertaining video on YouTube.
They live in Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and it was their first trip to the reservoir. They were trolling for stripers and trout, with Dionnie landing this trout with a silver "Super Duper" near Peninsula Cove.
"Those trout were hungry," said Will. They shot the video with a "Go Pro" camera stuck to the side of the boat.
"We had a great time out on the water," said Will. "I will definitely be back soon. I loved it...boats were super nice, clean and everyone was friendly."
On Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, the Los Vaqueros Marina reopened after being closed for nearly a year. Take a look at how the first morning went.
The Department of Fish and Game planted 40,000 Chinook salmon fingerlings at LV on May 27, 2012. The DFG also planted 20,000 Kokanee earlier in the month.
LOS VAQUEROS MARINA, BOAT
RENTALS NOW OPEN
The Los Vaqueros Marina is now open after being closed for more than a year.
In addition to the beautiful Marina, electric boat rentals have resumed and much of the reservoir's shoreline is now accessible to the public.
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 of 12 types, including rainbow trout 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.
Los Vaqueros underwater topo maps for anglers now
GAMEFISH AT THE RESERVOIR: Los Vaqueros Fish Poster
Kokanee (Sockeye) Salmon
Largemouth Black Bass
Many anglers continue to have good luck catching trout and striped bass. Anglers are also catching a few largemouth bass and catfish. The water level is now 113,000 acre feet and dropping slowly. The water level should start to come back up on June 1. Our water temperature is 65 degrees.
Rattlesnakes continue to be out and active so caution is advised. Watch where you are walking, stay out of high grass and stay out of rocky areas. Never try to pick one up or kill one. Eagles are nesting so some trail closures are in effect. Information on trails is available at the gates, Marina or on the CCWD web site.
This is the time of year when we have the most wind. We have had a very windy 2 week period. It is a good idea to call us at 925 371-2628 before you come out if you are planning to rent a boat.
The North entrance to the reservoir is open with a few limitations. Access to the reservoir for fishing at the north entrance is open but requires a strenuous two- mile hike up and over a major hill. Caution is advised. The fishing platform can not open until the reservoir rises another 13 feet. The Interpretive Center is open from 9 to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays.
The trout we tagged for the April 20 derby will continue to be valid for prizes through May. We have some nice rods and reels, storage boxes and boat rentals to give away.
We planted 1000 lbs of trout from Mt. Lassen on May 13. Water conditions permitting. we plan to stock trout again this week. Fishing for trout has been fair to excellent depending on anglers skill level and luck. We see many limits of trout caught every day. Fishing from shore in the South Cove continues to be a good choice for trout but anglers are catching trout all along the open shoreline. Many of the points past the Rock Wall have been very good lately. The best way to catch trout from shore this time of year is with garlic Power Bait, chartreuse and orange Mice Tails, rainbow power bait and nightcrawlers. Garlic scent on any bait seems to help. It is important to use 2- 3 feet of leader. Using light line also helps; 4 to 6 lb test is plenty. Some anglers use fluorocarbon leaders. There is no need for heavy weights. Short casts are often more productive than long casts. Anglers catch trout throwing kastmasters, blue fox lures and a variety of other trout lures. Donít be afraid to move locations and change your baits if you are not catching fish. If you are not getting bites we do not recommend staying in one place all day using the same bait.
Trolling for trout continues an up and down affair. Boat rentals have been limited due to regular 15 to 20 mph winds. We expect trolling to be good when boats are able to get out. The few reports we are receiving are from anglers trolling a variety of Rapalaís in Cowboy Cove. Mix it up until you start catching fish. The fish are holding between 10 and 15 feet in 20 to 30 feet of water. Try different colors and sizes of lures until you start catching fish. Rapala countdowns seem to be effective on big trout. Steel green, a rainbow pattern and black and silver have been good color choices lately. A few anglers are trolling dodgers and nightcrawlers and catching nice trout. As we head into summer and the water warms, anglers will need to fish a little deeper.
Top trout this week was 7.3 lbs and was caught by Saul Mendoza fishing with rainbow garlic powerbait in the South Cove.
As the weather warms fishing will be better early and late in the day. The midday heat makes it tough fishing as well as catching.
There is still no major news on bass fishing. Some anglers continue to catch a few bass on Senkos, but overall it is slow. The reservoir is full off excellent bass habitat so throwing a Senko around trees and brush should produce some largemouth bass action. Please release any big largemouth bass you might catch. They are the future of largemouth bass fishing in the reservoir.
We only had a few reports from anglers fishing from boats for stripers. One angler caught two trolling with a small rattletrap in mid lake. Another boat with two anglers took two small keeper stripers fishing with anchovies in Cowboy Cove.
Fishing for stripers from the shore is fair to good with some anglers catching limits. Anchovies or shad should do the trick when bait fishing. Stripers need to be 18 inches or more. Please release the small fish as quickly and carefully as possible. They are the future of our fishery. We have not seen any large striped bass caught recently as all the stripers are in the 18 to 22 inch range.
No salmon were reported this week
CATFISH Fishing for catfish is still hit and miss. Anchovies, liver, mackerel and nightcrawlers all will catch catfish. We suggest fishing with as little weight as possible and watch for very soft bites. The back of cowboy cove and the south cove are good bets. We encourage and appreciate the release of any monster catfish (20 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
We have 2013 State of California Fishing Licenses for sale at the marina. Fish and Game has been checking fishing licenses so make such you have one for everyone 16 and over. We suggest taking advantage of the second rod stamp that is available.
Hours in April are 6AM to 8PM with boats due in by 6:30 PM. These hours remain in effect through August.