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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.
Summer hours are: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fish Plants at Los Vaqueros
2015
DATE WEIGHT SOURCE
6/17/2015 1000 Lassen
6/9/2015 1000 Lassen
6/3/2015 2000 Lassen
5/27/2015 1000 Lassen
5/19/2015 1000 Lassen
5/13/2015 1000 Lassen
5/6/2015 1000 Lassen
4/27/2015 1000 Lassen
4/21/2015 1000 Lassen
4/14/2015 900 DFW
4/12/2015 1000 Lassen
4/9/2015 3000 Lassen
4/2/2015 3000 Lassen
3/24/2015 3000 Lassen
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: 34800 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 ($5) 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.

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
6/23/2015

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Summer has started off with lots of good trout and striped bass fishing. Trout and striped bass are both active. The water level is currently at 105,000 acre feet. The water level is dropping due to use. The water temperature has been fluctuating with the wind and is currently at 65-66 degrees. Our water clarity
is mediocre due to warmer temperatures. 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.

Our hours from April to August are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. with boats due in by 6 p.m.

TROUT
Fishing for trout continues to be good with the cooler weather -- water temperature was 70 degrees last week, now it's 65-66 -- and regular trout plants. They are being caught in South Cove, Oak Point as well as around the lake. The baits of choice for shore anglers are 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 was a 1,000 pound plant on Wednesday, June 17. We will be planting later this week and will continue to plant until the water temperature becomes too high to plant safely. Limits are coming out of the lake all over. We continue to have anglers catching significant numbers of fish.

Trolling is popular with anglers using Rapalas and other lures in the coves. Fishing from the shore past the Marina has picked up for trout. From the shore, bait fishing with garlic scented PowerBaits and mice tails were the baits of choice. There is no need for line heavier than 6 lb test. A lot of limits and nice stringers have been seen coming out of South Cove and from past the Rockwall. With more boats going out we have also seen a lot of fish coming in from all of the major coves, especially in the mornings and late afternoon.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Most anglers were focused on stripers or trout. No largemouth were reported this week with wind reducing the number of boats being rented. 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

Shakers continue to be the main action with striped bass. We are seeing 15-20 undersized fish being caught for every keeper. From shore, cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice. Just a reminder, stripers need to be 18 inches or more to be legal. Please release the small fish as quickly and carefully as possible. They are the future of our striped bass fishery.

CATFISH

With the warming water we are hoping to see a more active catfish bite start. 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). This summer, once the water temperature increases, we plan on planting more catfish.

GENERAL

Donít forget you need both your 2015 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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