General Conditions as of December 16, 2020
Trout planting continues; CDFW planted 2600lbs in South Cove on 12/16. We planted 2000lbs Lassen Trout on 12/9. Lassen trout plants are currently scheduled weekly through December. Good sized stripers, and catfish are still being caught routinely. In a boat; Peninsula, Cowboy Cove, and Howden Cove have produced limits. The water level is currently at 136K-acre feet. The water temperature is 67 degrees. Our water clarity has been good. If you are looking to rent a boat it is always a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions. Remember; rental boats are first come first serve. Weekends sell out quickly.
- 2020 Annual Parking Passes are available for a pro-rated price at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.
- 2020 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fishing Licenses are available for purchase at the Marina.
- The Interpretive Center is currently closed.
Shore anglers have the most success using garlic scented Powerbait followed by night crawlers. Trolling is doing fairly well especially in the backs of coves. Light tackle is important for catching trout. 4-6-pound test is plenty. Fishing has been good. On days the winds allow boats we have seen a number of limits as well as anglers with just a couple.
Most anglers were focused on stripers or trout. 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. If you catch any undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up. There have been reports that jigging near rocky shores has been successful.
Striper fishing is mixed with both shakers and legal sized fish being caught from around the reservoir. Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice, either from shore or a boat. Cowboy Cove and Howden Cove seem to be the hot spot for stripers. 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.
For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait. There has been a steady number of catfish being caught around the reservoir. South Cove, Cowboy Cove and Oak Point have been mentioned by our anglers.
Whopper Mug Rules
- Trout must be 8 pounds
- Striped Bass need to be at least 10 pounds
- Catfish is at 12 pounds or more
- Largemouth Bass remains at 5 pounds and must be released
Please note: ONLY a photo with a scale or a measuring tape showing the fish being at least 18” will count.
Shore fishing is available on the South side of the reservoir, near Livermore. The Marina offers fishing licenses, bait, and snacks.
On the North side of the reservoir, near Brentwood, anglers can park at the John Muir Interpretive Center and hike about a half-mile to fishing areas.
- Recreation Fees
- Watershed Hours
- Directions to Los Vaqueros
- Watershed Map (PDF)
- Water Level and Weather Conditions
- Boat Rentals
Call the Marina with questions at 925-371-2628.