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Los Vaqueros Fishing Conditions
August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016


Summer fishing is continuing with small striped bass very present with trout and catfish still present. Trout and Striped Bass are both active. The water level is currently at 115,900 acre feet. Pumping is expected to continue through September.  The water temperature is around 69-70 degrees.  Our water clarity is fair to good with the cooler weather and the winds breaking up much of the algae.  On August 18th we planted 2000 fingerling bluegill and 2000 fingerling redeared sunfish.  A fair number of stripers continue to be caught both from shore and from boats with some trout still holding on and catfish showing up here and there.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind 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.
Beginning in September our hours will be 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with boats due in by 5:00 PM

Fishing for trout continues to be good even with the increased water temperature.  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.  Due to warm weather our last trout plant was July 13th.  We hope to plant in the coming weeks.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Trout fishing is still decent, especially in the morning, with limits being caught from around the reservoir and a number of 2’s and 3’s showing up.
With boats we are getting reports of fish being caught in Howden and Peninsula Coves.  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 from past the Rock Wall.

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.  We planted 6000 3-4 inch bass on August 18th.  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.  The fishing pier by the Maria has been particularly good.  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.  We are starting to see more dead undersized stripers around the dock as anglers are being careless with how they release the undersize fish.  Please release the small fish as quickly and carefully as possible.  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.  There was a 1000 plant of catfish on August 11th from Lassen.  We will be planting catfish this week.   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.
Beginning in September our hours will be 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with boats due in by 5:00 PM

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