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Los Vaqueros Reservoir
Location: Los Vaqueros Reservoir

Livermore, CA
DATE REPORT
12-12-2014

Fishing for trout has been good at Los Vaqueros, some limits are caught every day
by Los Vaqueros Staff
GENERAL CONDITIONS
This is a good time of year to visit Los Vaqueros as the hills are green and views are spectacular. Anglers are having good luck catching trout and a few striped bass. The water level is currently rising and should continue to rise through most of March. The water level is now 116,000 acre feet. Our water temperature is 52 degrees.

We have seen a few rattlesnakes already this year so caution is advised. Watch where you are walking, stay out of high grass and stay out of rocky areas. Remember they just want to stay away from you so never try to pick one up or kill one. We have also had a confirmed Mountain Lion sighting at the North end of the reservoir so we suggest staying alert. We have information available at the gates and marina on what to do if you see a Mountain Lion. Eagles have begun to nest so some trail closures are in effect. Information is available at the gates, marina or on the CCWD web site.

The North entrance to the reservoir is open with a few limitations. Access to the reservoir for fishing at the north entrance is open but requires a strenuous 2 mile hike up and over a major hill. Caution is advised. The fishing platform can not open until the reservoir rises another 10 feet. See the CCWD web site for details. The Interpretive Center is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Check out some of the special events that are coming up this spring. Information is available on the CCWD web site.

On Photo:
7 lb trout caught by Brandi Peterson on 3/3/13 at the mouth of Penn Cove on an orange mouse tail.

PLEASE NOTE:
Hours through March are 7AM to 6PM with boats due in by 4:30PM.

We are still giving out Whopper mugs. Our program has changed some so check with us at the marina. It takes a 5 lb trout to earn a mug, 12 lb striper, 12 lb catfish or a released 5 lb largemouth bass.

We have 2013 State of California Fishing Licenses for sale at the marina. Fish and Game has been checking fishing licenses so make such you have one for everyone 16 and over.

TROUT
We will be planting a load of 1000 lbs of Lassen Trout on Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

We anticipate planting again the next several weeks. Our last plant was Wednesday, February 27. Fishing for trout has been good. There are some limits of trout caught every day. As always some anglers do very well while others may just catch a fish or two. The trout being caught average from a pound to 2 lbs with fish up to 7 lbs. When fishing from shore the South Cove continues to be a good choice for trout but anglers are catching trout all along the open shoreline. Cowboy cove is now open to the very back of the cove and has been producing some very nice trout. The best way to catch trout from shore this time of year is with nightcrawlers, power worms, orange mice tails or power bait. Garlic scent on any bait seems to help. It is important to use 2-3 feet of leader. Using light line also helps; 4 to 6 lb test is plenty. Some anglers use Fluorocarbon leaders. There is no need for heavy weights. Short casts are often more productive than long casts. Some anglers float their baits under slip bobbers. Anglers also do well a couple days after plants throwing kastmasters, blue fox lures and a variety of other trout lures. A garlic scent on any bait seems to help.

Trolling was an up and down affair last week. Anglers who enjoy trolling continue to catch fish from all over the reservoir. The best reports we are receiving are from anglers trolling a variety of Rapalas or Kastmasters in Howden cove or the East cove. Mix it up until you start catching fish. The fish are holding between 5 and 12 feet of water. Try different colors and sizes until you start catching fish. Fishing from boats with bait in the very back of the major coves has been very good. Regulars are catching trout every time out. Howden cove has been especially good.

LARGEMOUTH BASS
Over all we continue to rate largemouth bass fishing slow. The reservoir is full off excellent bass habitat so throwing a senko around trees and brush should produce some largemouth bass action. Since the water is cold it is important to fish your senko very slowly. Please release any big largemouth bass you might catch. They are the future of largemouth bass fishing in the reservoir. The water continues to rise but so far we are not in pre spawn conditions.

STRIPER
Trolling for school size stripers from boats is very slow but a few anglers continue to catch a fish or two. Fishing for stripers from the shore is also slow but there is always a chance at some keeper size fish. We continue seeing a few more bass everyday and hope that this improvement will continue. A few striped bass from 18 inches to 24 inches are caught by anglers putting in the time. Anchovies, sardines or shad should do the trick. Stripers need to be 18 inches or more. Please release the small fish as quickly and carefully as possible. They are the future of our fishery. We hope striper fishing will improve when our water warms back up a little.

CATFISH
Fishing for catfish is rated slow. Anchovies, liver and nightcrawlers all will catch catfish. The water is cold so the catfish are pretty lazy. Fish with as little weight as possible and watch for very soft bites. We did not have any catfish reported this week.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Open seven days a week 7:00am – 6:00pm
Boats are due in by 4:30pm.
These hours will continue through March.
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