Los Vaqueros Fishing Conditions
February 11, 2014
We continue to experience some very good to excellent winter fishing. Trout and Striped Bass are both active. The water level is around 128,000 acre feet. The water level is slowing dropping. With the cooler weather our water temperature has stabilized at around 53-54 degrees. Our water clarity continues to be good on most days.
With the recent rains the shoreline is muddy and slippery so wear appropriate shoes and be careful.
The Interpretive Center is open from 9 to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Beginning on February 1st, 2014 the Fishing Access Permit price will be increased by 25 cents to $4.75. Also, the Contra Costa Water District Board of Supervisors has made changes to the boat rental rates. The price for a full day 16’ boat rental has been increased by $5.00 to $70.00. The patio boat rental prices have been increased by $5.00 for both half day and full day rentals making them $105.00 and $145.00 respectively. 50% off of weekday rentals has been changed to Tues-Weds-Thurs with full rates on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and legal holidays.
Our hours from November 1 through February 28 are 7AM to 5PM with boats due in by 3:30 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. January saw 7500 pounds of trout planted with the latest plants being 1000 pounds from Mt. Lassen planted on the 28th and an additional 2000 pounds planted on the 29th from Fish and Wildlife. Garlic scented power bait in rainbow and chartreuse, orange or white mice tails and nightcrawlers are all 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 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 10-20 feet of water. Anglers trolling will catch trout on a variety of lures including Kastmasters, Luhr Jensen Kwikfish, roostertails, rebels, Rapalas, and Thomas Buoyants.
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 number of 5+ pound fish continue to be brought into the marina with plenty of limits of regular sized fish. We anticipate continued great fishing in coming weeks. We anticipate regular trout plants to continue throughout the winter.
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.
With the cooler weather the striper bite has slowed down. There have been a few fish reported being caught on lures and cut anchovies.
Currently fishing for stripers with bait is an up and down affair with some anglers catching limits 18 to 23 inch fish. Cut anchovies or shad will do the trick when bait fishing. Stripers need to be 18 inches or more. We continue to see many 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.
No catfish were reported this week. As the water cools we anticipate seeing the catfish action continue to slow down. 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 for sale at the marina. Fish and Wildlife has been checking fishing licenses so make such you have one for everyone 16 and over. We suggest taking advantage of the second rod stamp that is available.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Hours in February are 7AM to 5PM with boats due in by 3:30 PM.
We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Marina. Or, email email@example.com. Thanks again for choosing Los Vaqueros Reservoir as your recreation destination.
On behalf of Los Vaqueros Recreation Company... Boat safely, and happy fishing!