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Map of Reservoir & Location Names
 
Reservoir Fishing Records!
Fees
How to Get Here
Map of the Watershed
Q&A About Visiting
Los Vaqueros
 
Open seven days a week.
April - August hours are: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fish Plants at Los Vaqueros
2014
DATE WEIGHT SOURCE
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: 27250 lbs.
Lassen = Lassen Trout Farm
Calaveras = Calaveras Trout Farm
DFW = Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Catfish = Catfish planting

 

 
 

LOS VAQUEROS FISHING MARINA OFFERS EXCELLENT FISHING & BOAT RENTALS

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.

GAMEFISH AT THE RESERVOIR:

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

LIMITS ON FISHING ARE:
Catfish 10
Black Bass 5 (min. length 12 inches)
Trout 5
Salmon 5
Crappie 25
Striped Bass 2 (min. length 18 inches).

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FISHING:
Call (925) 371-2628

Here is a Google map that will get you to the Marina.




 
  LOS VAQUEROS
FISHING REPORT
7/22/2014

GENERAL CONDITIONS

We continue to experience some very good to excellent spring fishing. Trout and Striped Bass are both active. The water level is around 126,900 acre feet. The water level is dropping slowly with level to continue to drop throughout the summer. With the warmer weather the water temperature warmed slightly and is currently 69 degrees. Our water clarity continues to be good on most days.

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

Our hours through the end of August are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. with boats due in at 6:30 p.m.

TROUT

Fishing for trout has been continues to be very good for anglers fishing with bait and lures in the South and Cowboy coves. Trout average a pound and a half but range up to over 10 lbs. Limits have been common for skilled anglers. There was a 1000 pound Lassen plant on July 9th. We are hoping to plant again this month but with increasing water temperatures it may not be possible. Garlic scented power baits in rainbow or chartreuse, orange or white mice tails and nightcrawlers continue to be 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. Anglers trolling will catch trout on a variety of lures including Kastmasters, Luhr Jensen Kwikfish, Roostertails, Rapalas, and Thomas Buoyants. Smaller Rapalas dipped in scent seem to be doing the best.

Boating anglers are 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.

There were plenty of limits of regular sized fish seen from both shore and boats. Many anglers are catching fish all along the shore with the South Cove reporting the most fish as many anglers are choosing that cove. Oak Point as well as just past the Rock Wall are producing plenty of trout.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

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.

STRIPERS

This week continued to see more limits of stripers coming out of the lake. Limits of 18-24 inch fish are being caught both off the shore and from boats with some very plump fish being seen. Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice. Stripers need to be 18 inches or more. We continue to see a 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.

SALMON

No salmon were reported this week.

CATFISH

Catfish were spotty with a few 2-5 pounders getting caught from shore. We will continue with more catfish plants through the summer. We encourage and appreciate the release of any monster catfish (15 lbs plus).

GENERAL

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
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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