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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.
April - August hours are: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fish Plants at Los Vaqueros
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: 20000 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 winter fishing. Trout and striped bass are both active. The water level is around 126,000 acre feet and will continue to rise through April

With the warmer weather, our water temperature has warmed to 59 degrees. Our water clarity continues to be good on most days.

Our Family Fishing Day was a success, with more than 130 kids at the watershed on what turned out to be a very windy day. First place in the kids derby went to Josue Nuno†with a 6.78 pound trout. Calvin Tran had the largest non-trout a 3.24 pound striped bass.

The fishing area near the dam remains closed due to the construction of a new stairway that will improve shoreline access for anglers. It will remain closed through the month of April.

The Interpretive Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Our hours for April are 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM with boats due in at 6:30 PM.

Fishing for trout has been continues to be very good for anglers fishing with bait in the South Cove as well as Cowboy Cove. Trout average a pound and a half, but range up to over 7 lbs. Limits have been common for skilled anglers. 4500 pounds of trout were planted last week. 2000 pounds were from Lassen and 2500 pounds were from Fish and Wildlife. There will be a plant from Lassen sometime next week. Garlic scented PowerBait in rainbow and 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. A number of larger trout have been caught using small Rapalas, Kastmasters, X-Raps and other lures.

Trolling for trout has been slow as the winds have been blowing and few anglers have been out on boats. When trolling, anglers continue to report catching trout in the backs of Howden and Peninsula coves. Coating the lures with scent seems to help. Fish are being caught about 5-7 feet down in 15-20 feet of water. Anglers trolling will catch trout on a variety of lures including Kastmasters, Luhr Jensen Kwikfish, Roostertails, Rebels, Rapalas, and Thomas Buoyants. Smaller Rapalas dipped in scent seem to be doing the best.

Boating anglers seem to be 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 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. An 8.81 pound trout was caught in South Cove on a crappie jig and a 7.14 pound trout was caught at Oak Point on powerbait. A number of 5+ pound fish still continue to be brought into the Marina along with plenty of limits of regular sized fish. Many anglers are catching fish all along the shore with the South Cove reporting the most fish as most anglers are choosing that cove. Oak Point as well as just past the Rock Wall are producing plenty of trout. We anticipate regular trout plants to continue through the spring.


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 bass so we anticipate this fishery to improve over the coming years.


This week continues to see limits of stripers coming out of the lake. Limits of 18-24 inch fish are being seen being caught both off the shore and from boats. Cut anchovies or shad will do the trick when bait fishing. Stripers need to be 18 inches or more. We continue to see some 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.


No salmon were reported this week.


A18.38 pound cat was caught from shore by the dam using anchovies. With the cool water there has not been a lot of action with catfish, but we expect to see that change as it warms up this summer. 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

Donít forget to pick up your 2014 State of California Fishing Licenses on sale at the Marina. 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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