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Los Vaqueros Fishing Conditions
June 24th, 2014

We continue to experience some very good to excellent spring fishing. Trout and Striped Bass are both active. The water level is around 129,750 acre feet. The water district has stopped pumping water as of the 20th of May.  The level should remain stable for a bit and then a slow draw down as water is needed.  With the warmer weather the water temperature cooled slightly and is currently 64 degrees.  Our water clarity continues to be good on most days.  We are planning to plant catfish in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned.
The Interpretive Center is open from 9 to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Our hours for June 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 and lures 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.  There will be a 1000 lb trout plant this week.  Garlic scented power baits in rainbow or 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.  Powerbait has done especially well this last week in South Cove with several 5+ pounders and a steady stream of 1½+ fish being caught.

Trolling for trout has done better with the winds cooperating more. When trolling, anglers continue to report catching trout in the backs of Howden and Peninsula Coves.  Anglers trolling will catch trout on a variety of lures including Kastmasters, Luhr Jensen Kwikfish, roostertails, Rapalas, and Thomas Buoyants.  Smaller Rapalas dipped in scent seem to be doing the best.

Boating anglers are 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 power bait 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.    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 many 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 as long as the water temperature cooperates.

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

Once again this week continued to see more limits of stripers coming out of the lake.  Limits of 18-24 inch fish are being caught both off the shore and from boats with some very plump fish being seen.  Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice.  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.

With the warmer weather and warming water temperatures we hope to see an increase in catfish being caught.  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
Don’t forget you need both your 2014 State of California Fishing License, on sale at the marina, and a daily fishing access permit to fish at Los Vaqueros.  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.

Our June our hours are to 6AM to 8PM with boats due in by 6:30 PM.

We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Marina. Or, email Thanks again for choosing Los Vaqueros Reservoir as your recreation destination.

On behalf of Los Vaqueros Recreation Company... Boat safely, and happy fishing!

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