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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.
Summer, starting April 1, hours are: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fish Plants at Los Vaqueros
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: 13900 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 winter fishing. Trout and striped bass are both active. The water level has continued to rise and is currently at 112,800 acre feet. The water level will keep rising at least until the end of March. The water temperature has risen as well, and is now at 59 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.

The Interpretive Center is open from 9 to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Beginning in April, summer hours begin and we will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. with boats due in by 6 p.m.


Starting April 1 and continuing through the end of the month, we will be having a Trout Derby. You can purchase a ticket at the Marina, South Gate or the North Gate for $5. Prizes will be awarded for the three largest (weight) trout caught during the month. See the flyer at the Marina or look here for complete details. We will also be tagging a number of fish. Catch a tagged fish and bring it in to the Marina with the tag still attached and receive a card for a free half day boat rental.


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. Peninsula and Cox coves both have reported trout. The baits of choice for shore anglers is 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 will be another Lassen plant sometime this week. Last week 1000 pounds of trout from Lassen went in on Thursday. We will be planting once a week for the foreseeable future. Limits and large fish are coming out of the lake all over. This week continued to have anglers catching significant numbers of fish. More large fish were caught all around the lake. A lot of nice stringers were seen this past week with a number 5-8 pound fish being caught as well.

Trollers are doing well. Boating anglers are catching trout trolling Rapalas and other lures in the major coves. Some trout are being caught in Cowboy and Howden coves. Bait fishing and casting lures like Kastmasters or a Rapala are 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. This week saw a couple of 8 pounders out of Peninsula and East coves and a 10.53 pound fish out of South Cove. The baits were varied and included PowerBait, a Rapala and an anchovy. Howden Cove saw a 5.48 pound trout caught on a Rapala. 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. 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 warming water but fish continue to be caught. 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 with a lot of shakers and keepers being caught. Employee saw a boat with two beautiful 24” stripers on a stinger caught near the pier in Penn Cove. Trolling lures using everything from Rat-l-traps to Bombers to Super Spooks to Rapala seems to be working. 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 released. Please release the small fish as quickly and carefully as possible. They are the future of our striped bass fishery.


With the warmer water there, have been few reports of catfish this week. A nice 8.87 pound cat was caught on 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).


The Fishing Access Fee increased to $5.

Beginning in 2015 there are new Whopper Mug rules. Trout now must be 8 pounds to receive a mug, Striped Bass need to be at least 10 pounds and Catfish remains at 12 pounds or more. Largemouth Bass remains at 5 pound and must be released. ONLY a photo with a scale or a measuring tape showing the fish being 18” will count.

The 2015 State of California Fishing Licenses are now available for purchase at the Marina. They are good beginning January 1st 2015. Don’t get caught without one.

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