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Los Vaqueros Fishing Conditions
April 4, 2017

Winter fishing is continuing with trout doing very well with over 23,000 pounds planted beginning in September.  We are still seeing striper and catfish being caught. The water level is currently at 145,000 acre feet. Pumping has started again and is expected to continue until mid-May.  The water temperature is 64 degrees.  Our water clarity has improved.  Stripers have slowed although they continue to be caught both from shore and from boats.  Trout were okay with fish being caught from South Cove and near Oak Point.  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 April Trout Derby ticket for $5.00 at the North or South Kiosk or at the Marina.  You must have a ticket before you catch that trout.  The current top fish is 1.48 pounds.

Don’t forget to purchase your 2017 Fishing License.  2017 Fishing Licenses are available at the Marina.  Bring your I.D. or an old fishing license.  There was no increase in prices this year. 

The 2017 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 April – August hours will be 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM with boats due in by 6:00 PM.

Fishing for trout continues to be good even with the murky waters.  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.  There was a 1000 pound Lassen plant on March 29th.  There will be another plant this week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Trout fishing is fair, mostly in the morning, with fish being caught from around the reservoir.  With boats we are getting reports of fish being caught in Cox and Peninsula Coves.  There is no need for line heavier than 6 lb test. More limits were seen this week.  Both South Cove and Cox Cove producing fish. 

Most anglers were focused on stripers or trout.  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. 

Striper fishing has slowed due to the murkier waters from the rain.  Shakers are the main action with striped bass.  We are still seeing 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 release the small fish as quickly and carefully as possible.  They are the future of our striped bass fishery.

Catfish were productive last week 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, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.  A 13.08 cat was caught in South Cove on chicken liver.

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.
2017 Fishing Licenses are available at the Marina.  Don’t take the risk of being caught without one.  There was no increase in prices this year. 
Our April – August hours will be 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM with boats due in by 6:00 PM.

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