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Los Vaqueros Fishing Conditions
January 9th, 2015

We continue to experience some very good to excellent winter fishing. Trout and Striped Bass are both active. The water level is at 111,700 acre feet. The water level continues to drop.  The water temperature is currently at 55 degrees.  Our water clarity continues to be good.  A good number of trout and stripers continue to be caught both from shore and from boats.

The Interpretive Center is open from 9 to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Our hours for November through February are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boat due in by 3:30 PM.

Fishing for trout continues to be good with the cooler weather and regular trout plants.  They are being caught in South Cove, Oak Point as well as around the lake.  Peninsula, Howden, Cox and Cowboy Coves all have reported trout.  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 will be another Lassen plant sometime this week.  Last week saw a double plant with lassen putting in 1000 pounds and DFW putting in 1500 pounds.  We will be planting once a week for the foreseeable future.  Limits and large fish are coming out of the lake all over.  We started the new year off with a bang.  A 10 pound trout as caught on New Year’s Day in Penn Cove on a nightcrawler followed on the second with a 9.01 pound trout caught on a Kastmaster near the dam.  On the 3rd a 8.19 pound fish was caught in South Cove on a power egg and on the 4th a 10.4 pound trout was caught on a rapala in Cowboy Cove.  Many limits of trout have been seen as well as a lot of anglers catching just a couple of fish. 
Boating anglers are catching trout on bait and by casting lures in the major coves. Some trout are being caught in Cowboy, Howden and Peninsula Coves. Use a bobber or very small weights.  Trolling small Rapalas has been reported as doing well. 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.  Just a few largemouth have been reported scattered about the lake.  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 has slowed with the cooling water but fish continue to be caught.  Some limits of 18-24 inch fish are being caught both off the shore and from boats with the fishing pier by the Marina being a popular location.  Trolling lures using everything from Rat-l-traps to bombers to super spooks seems to be working.  From shore, cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice or casting super spooks reporting good success.  Stripers need to be 18 inches or more. We are continuing to see a significant number of 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.

Due to the cooler water temperature catfish has slowed significantly.  A 14.10 pounder was caught in Cowboy Cove on shad.  For those wishing to target catfish, anchovy continues to be the best choice of bait.  We encourage and appreciate the release of any monster catfish (15 lbs plus). 

Beginning in 2015 there are new Whopper Mug rules.  Trout now must be 8 pounds to receive a mug, Striped Bass need to be at least 10 pounds and Catfish remains 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 18” will count.
The 2015 State of California Fishing Licenses are now available for purchase at the Marina.  They are good beginning January 1st 2015.  Don’t get caught without one.
Don’t forget you need both your 2015 State of California Fishing License, on sale at the marina, and a daily fishing access permit to fish at Los Vaqueros.  Beginning Thursday you will need you 2015 State of California Fishing License.  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 November through February are 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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