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Los Vaqueros Fishing Conditions
April 15th, 2014


We continue to experience some very good to excellent winter fishing. Trout and Striped Bass are both active. The water level is around 122,000 acre feet. The water level has stabilized once again. With the cooler weather our water temperature has warmed to 58 degrees.  Our water clarity continues to be good on most days.
Family Fishing Day is Saturday April 19th from 8am to 1pm.  There is a free derby for anglers 16 years and younger with the weigh in at 1pm in the Marina.
The Interpretive Center is open from 9 to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Our hours for April 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 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.  March saw 4000 lbs of trout planted from both Lassen and Fish and Wildlife.  We will be planting this week in preparation of Family Fishing Day on the 19th.  Garlic scented power bait in rainbow and 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.  A number of larger trout have been caught using small Rapalas, Kastmasters, X-Raps and other lures.

Trolling for trout is rated fair. Anglers trolling a variety of lures continue to report catching trout in the backs of Howden and Peninsula Coves.  Coating the lures with scent seems to help.  Fish are being caught about 5-7 feet down in 15-20 feet of water. Anglers trolling will catch trout on a variety of lures including Kastmasters, Luhr Jensen Kwikfish, roostertails, rebels, Rapalas, and Thomas Buoyants.  Smaller Rapalas dipped in scent seem to be doing the best.

Boating anglers seem to be 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 10.4 lb trout was caught in Howden Cove using powerbait.  A number of 5+ pound fish still continue to be brought into the marina including a couple of 8 pounders and 7 pounders 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 most 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 into the spring.

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.

This week saw an increase in striper activity.  More limits of 18-24 inch fish are being seen coming both off the shore and from boats.  Cut anchovies or shad will do the trick when bait fishing.  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 cool water there has not been a lot of action with catfish. 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 to pick up your 2014 State of California Fishing Licenses on sale at the marina. 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 April 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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