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Los Vaqueros Fishing Conditions
October 21, 2014

General Conditions

We continue to experience some very good to excellent summer fishing. Trout and Striped Bass are both active. The water level is at 117,900 acre feet. The water level is still dropping slowly.  The water temperature has cooled slightly to 68 degrees.  Our water clarity continues to be good.  There are still a lot of fry in the lake and we are seeing an increase in boils, especially early in the morning and in the late afternoon.
The Interpretive Center is open from 9 to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Our hours for October are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:30 PM.  Beginning in November our hours will be 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boat due in by 3:30 PM.

Fishing for trout is slowly picking up with the cooler weather and an increase in trout plants.  They are being caught in South Cove and around the lake.  Peninsula, Howden and Cowboy Coves all have reported trout.  The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented powerbaits or nightcrawlers.  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 Lassen plant of 1000 pounds of trout on October 17th.  Soon after the plant we saw a 5.77 pound trout caught on a Kastmaster and a 9.17 pound trout caught using powerbait. 

Boating anglers are catching trout on bait and by casting lures in the major coves. Some trout are being caught in 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. There were plenty of limits of regular sized fish seen from both shore and boats.  Anglers are catching fish scattered along the shore with the South Cove reporting the most fish as many anglers are choosing that cove.

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.  Some largemouth have been seen and reported being caught from boats.  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.

Striper fishing is still the best bet at this time with limits of stripers coming out of the lake.  Some limits of 18-24 inch fish are being caught both off the shore and from boats.  Trolling lures using everything from Rat-l-traps to bomber to super spooks seems to be working.  From shore, cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice.  Stripers need to be 18 inches or more. We are continuing to see a significant number of under size fish being caught and released with reports of 20-30 shakers not being uncommon. 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.

Catfish are doing decently with reports of fish being caught both from shore and from boats.  Anchovy continues to be the best choice of bait.  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 you need both your 2014 State of California Fishing License, on sale at the marina, and a daily fishing access permit to fish at Los Vaqueros.  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 hours for October are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:30 PM.  Beginning in November our hours will be 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boat due in by 3:30 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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