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Los Vaqueros Fishing Conditions
May 31st, 2016

May 31, 2016

Spring is continuing with good trout and striped bass fishing. Trout and Striped Bass are both active. The water level is currently at 98,500 acre feet. Pumping has paused and should resume soon.  The water temperature is around 68 degrees.  Our water clarity is good.  A fair number of trout and stripers continue to be caught both from shore and from boats. May and June are traditionally windy.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current conditions.

Don’t forget to purchase your 2016 Fishing License.  2016 Fishing Licenses are available at the Marina.  Bring your I.D. or an old fishing license.  There is no increase in prices this year. 

The 2016 Annual Parking Permits are available at the Marina, North Kiosk, and Watershed Office. The Interpretive Center is open from 9 to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Our May-August hours are 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM with boats due in by 6:00 PM.

Fishing for trout continues to be good with all the trout plants and cool water temperatures.  They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Peninsula Cove.  The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented powerbaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  There was a 1000 lb. Lassen plant on May 25th.   There will be plant this week.  With the continuing plants, trout fishing has been very good with more limits being caught from all around the reservoir.

Trolling is popular with anglers using Rapalas and other lures in the coves.  Limits are showing up out of Cowboy Cove and Cox Coves, especially on nightcrawlers and powerbait.  From the shore, the most popular bait has been by garlic scented powerbaits followed by nightcrawlers and Kastmasters.  There is no need for line heavier than 6 lb test.  Fish are still coming out of South Cove and past the Rock Wall.  A 9.32 pound fish was caught on a Kastmaster in Cox Cove and an 11.25 came out of Howden Cove on a Rapala.

Most anglers were focused on stripers or trout although there still are many sighting near the boat dock and adjacent fishing pier and along the Rock Wall.  Senkos have been seen catching some nice fish in that area.  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.  If you catch any of undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.

Shakers continue to be the main action with striped bass.  We are still seeing many undersized fish being caught for every keeper.  From shore, cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice.  Just a reminder, stripers need to be 18 inches or more to be legal.  Please continue releasing the small fish as quickly and carefully as possible.  A 16.75 striper was caught in Peninsula Cove on an anchovy.  They are the future of our striped bass fishery.

Catfish are hit or miss with fish being reported out of Cowboy and South Coves.  As the water warms we look to see more fish being caught.  For those wishing to target catfish, nightcrawlers and chicken liver are the best choices of bait.  We encourage and appreciate the release of any monster catfish (15 lbs plus).

Whopper Mug rules are: Trout now must be 8 pounds to receive a mug, Striped Bass need to be at least 10 pounds and Catfish is at 12 pounds or more.  Largemouth Bass remains at 5 pound and must be released.  ONLY a photo with a scale or a measuring tape showing the fish being at least 18” will count.
2016 Fishing Licenses are available at the Marina.  Don’t take the risk of being caught without one.  There is no increase in prices this year. 

Our May-August hours are 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM with boats due in by 6:00 PM.

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

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