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Los Vaqueros Reservoir
Location: Los Vaqueros Reservoir

Livermore, CA
DATE REPORT
12-12-2014

Trout fishing is fair, Bass & Catfish slow, Striper fishing is good at Los Vaqueros
by Urban Park Concessionaires
GENERAL CONDITIONS
The south entrance to the reservoir continues open for shore fishing. Just a reminder the marina and boat rentals are closed until mid or late July. We recommend calling (925) 371-2628 for up to date information. The water level is unchanged at 47 percent of the new high water mark. Our water temperature is 66 degrees. Water conditions are excellent for fishing. Water levels will start to increase this month.

We continued to have very windy weather last week which made for tough fishing conditions for anglers.

We planted another load of trout on Tuesday, June 5. The Mt Lassen Trout Farm delivered 1,000 pounds of beautiful Mount Lassen trout averaging 1.5 to 2 pounds.

DAM EXPANSION UPDATES & CLOSURES
Most of the expansion work is complete at the North entrance to the reservoir and we expect to re-open on Saturday, July 14.

The South entrance to the reservoir continues to have shoreline open to anglers. We recently expanded the amount of shoreline available for anglers. Please call (925) 371-2628 for more information.

TROUT
Overall trout fishing is rated fair to good but some anglers have done very well.

We see a few limits each day and there were several trout caught in the 6 to 10 pound range. Luis Roman caught 8.3 and 9.5 lb trout casting a blue fox in the South Cove. Phil Escrupul caught an 8.9 pound trout on garlic PowerBait. Nai Saelee caught a 10.5 lb trout on a gold Kastmaster in the South Cove. The South Cove continues to be your best bet for trout, but anglers are catching trout all along the open shoreline.

The best way to catch trout this time of year is with nightcrawlers, power worms or power bait. There is no need for long casts or heavy weights. The fish will be pretty close to shore. Using light line helps, 4 to 6 pound test is plenty. Garlic scent seems to be a trout favorite at this time. Anglers will also take some trout casting Kastmasters and a variety of other lures. A quarter-ounce Kastmaster in gold or silver with a buck tail has been a favorite lure of several anglers.

LARGEMOUTH BASS We have very few anglers focusing on largemouth bass. Overall we rate largemouth bass fishing slow. Part of the reason it is slow is the limited access to prime largemouth areas. Our largemouth bass are beginning to start the spawning process. Please practice catch and release.

STRIPERS There has not been a lot of change in the striper fishing. Fishing for stripers continues to offer a chance at some quality fish. We will have a couple decent days then a slow day followed by a good day. We still continue to see some limits every day. Stripers from 18 inches to 8 lbs are caught by anglers putting in the time. Anchovies, sardines or shad should do the trick. We suggest you take advantage of the 2nd rod stamp available from Fish and Game. Many anglers will use different baits on each rod. You might consider fishing one rod for trout and one for stripers. One key to catching striped bass is to put in the time. It is a bit of a waiting game. Another key is to keep your bait in good condition and make sure your hooks are well baited throughout the day. Casting swim baits or shad raps will also give you a shot at catching a striper, especially after a trout plant.

SALMON
No reports of salmon .Very few anglers are focusing on salmon.

CATFISH Fishing for catfish is still slow but should improve with warming water. An occasional catfish is caught by anglers fishing for stripers. Anchovies, liver and nightcrawlers all work well. Mackerel is a favorite of our big catfish. Several fish over 15lbs were caught last week

GENERAL We are still giving out Whopper mugs so if you catch a big fish stop by the kiosk and weigh it on your way out of the park. We gave three away on Tuesday, one for a big largemouth bass and two for trout in the 6 to 7 pound range.

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

We have frozen bait and nightcrawlers available at the kiosk.

We remind anglers the limit on striped bass is 2 and they need to be at least 18 inches. Citations have been given recently to anglers for over limits.

Shoreline access continues to be limited due to expansion efforts.

Most hiking trails are currently closed for renovation or Eagle nesting.

We have begun to weigh and measure striped bass as a sampling project. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Use caution as rattlesnakes are active.
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