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Lake Chabot Fishing Conditions
April 7th, 2014


Can’t ask for a better April!!!!! The weather has been amazing and so has the fishing. Trout fishing is still doing very well with trout getting pulled out on a daily basis.  Our last trout plant was on April 1st of 500 lbs. from Mt. Lassen. This past week we had over 6 whoppers reported getting caught.  Several limits were pulled out this last week with a lot of success from anglers trolling Kastmasters and Rapalas. Trout are getting pulled out trolling from the surface down to 15 feet. Firetiger lures and Kastmasters have been working exceptionally well the past couple weeks. Bass fishing is starting to pick up all around the lake with spawning season happening right now. Hopefully with this warmer weather coming this week, it will make catfishing and bass fishing more active too.  Fishing from the shoreline have been doing extremely well too, but make sure to come early to claim your spot. If you are going out on a boat, some hot spots are around the island, half moon bay, Indian cove, also near raccoon point.

When you bring in your big fish, we will take your picture and give you a “Lake Chabot Whopper Club” button. If you catch a whopper over 5 lbs (trout), 8 lbs (catfish) or 3 lbs (bass) you will receive a whopper club pin. For beginning anglers, if you have any questions on what to use, please come down to the Marina and one of our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you get set up for your fishing adventure.

All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays!  Our schedule for the marina has changed, we are currently open Monday through Sunday at 7 AM – 4:30 PM boat rentals will stop at 3:30 PM and are due back at 4:30 PM. 

Fish Plants

  • The last plant of catfish from Mt. Lassen was on September 3rd with 780 lbs.
  • The last plant of trout was April 1st of 500lbs from Mt. Lassen.


Attention all boaters we now offer food delivery to your boat! Call the marina place and order for $25 or more and it will be brought to your boat. Credit/Debit only.

HALF OFF ALL BOAT RENTALS Including Patio Boats! Tuesday — Thursday. Excluding holidays

Catfishing is extremely slow this time of the year. But we are expecting some warmer temperatures this upcoming weekend so fishing for cats might be better. Our last catfish plant was on September 3, 2013 with 780 lbs from Mt. Lassen. Water temperature will determine how active catfishing will be.  The warmer the water the more active they will be, especially at night.  Typically around this time of the year, catfish are going to be located by Raccoon point, behind the island, back by the dam and bass cove during the day. Anglers are using mackerel, anchovies and chicken liver for bait.

Trout fishing continues to be amazing!! Top water trolling is causing anglers to limit out on trout fishing early to mid-morning this past week.  The algae problem is slowly going away so fishing is getting better every day. On April 1st we had a trout plant of 500 lbs. We are also expecting another plant this week for a special event for special needs kids right next to the marina.  After the event we will release all the trout into Chabot by Wednesday afternoon.  This past a nice 8.63 lbs. trout was caught by Kipling Ehlers of San Leandro using nightcrawlers over by the island. Hotspots continue to be near the West Shore Trail, Dam, Half Moon Bay area, Indian cove and Raccoon Point especially well for both bait fishing and trolling. For now, make sure to use bait that is bright to lure the fish in. If you are going to be trolling, the best lures to use are Flicker Shads, Firetiger Rapalas, Kastmasters and Mirashads.  The bait to use right now is chartreuse and rainbow Powerbait with Garlic sent. When trolling, make sure to let out about a hundred feet of line and let the motor do all the work but also be wary of other anglers on the shoreline so your lines don’t get caught!

Bass fishing has starting picking up a little as we get a little closer to spring. Several nice sized bass were reported being caught by raccoon point and also by the island.  Bass are currently moving up to the shallows for there beds and getting ready to spawn. If you are fishing for bass, they are hitting mostly in the early mornings and evenings mostly on plastics, jigs and hula grubs. Silver Rainbow Flukes are also doing really well with 3/0 wide shank hook. Several reports of bass anglers using swim baits are getting a lot of follows but can’t seem to pull them out of Half Moon Bay and around the island. Live wells can be provided upon request thanks to Walton’s Pond. A couple good spots to fish for bass are; near the island or the tulles by Raccoon Point. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!


Julio Torres of Hayward caught a nice 8.03 lbs. trout fishing from the shoreline using a nightcrawler

Kipling Ehlers of San Leandro caught a nice 8.63 lbs. trout fishing using nightcrawlers fishing over by raccoon point.

Tyler Breseia of Castro Valley caught a 6.77 lbs. trout trolling over by raccoon point using a Rapala

Rich Lai of San Leandro caught a 5.95 lbs. trout trolling by Indian cove using a Rapala

Monday — Thursday
Boat rentals are 6:00am — 4:00pm
Boats due in by 5:00pm
Friday — Sunday
Boat rentals are 6:00am — 5:00pm
Boats due in by 6:00pm

Hours subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels.

We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Marina. Please email us at Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination.

On behalf of Lake Chabot Fishing Outfitters... Boat safely, and happy fishing!

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