Current Fishing Conditions

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Los Vaqueros Fishing Conditions

 

August 15, 2017

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Winter fishing is continuing with trout doing very well with over 30,000 pounds planted beginning in September.  We are still seeing striper and catfish being caught. After a recalculation by CCWD the water level is currently at 152,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 70 and 71 degrees.  Our water clarity is good.  Stripers have slowed although they continue to be caught both from shore and from boats with boils starting to show up around the lake.  Trout fishing has been consistent with fish being caught from South Cove, Oak Point, and around the marina into Cowboy Cove.  Due to recent high winds there have been few days of boat rentals.  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 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.

TROUT

Fishing for trout continues to be good even with the warming temperatures with a lot of activity at the fish cleaning station.  They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as past the Rock Wall.  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 trout plant on June 29th.  Water temperatures are currently too high to safely plant trout.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Trout fishing continues to be fair, mostly in the morning or evening hours with fish being caught from around the reservoir.  There are lots of fish being caught from Oak Point to past the Rock Wall.  South Cove also continues to produce a good number of fish.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

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.  1000 8”-10” bass were planted on July 13th along with 2000 3”-5” fish.  If you catch any of undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.

STRIPERS

Striper fishing is mixed with fewer shakers showing up but more medium to large fish being caught.  The pier by the Marina and from Oak Point south towards South Cove are doing decently.  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

Catfish are starting to show up in greater numbers. With the warmer weather and fish plants they are beginning to be caught from South Cove to Cowboy Cove.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.  There was a 1000 pound catfish plant on Aughst 10th from Lassen.  There will be another plant next week.  A 8.3 pound cat was caught using and anchovy in Cowboy Cove along with an 5.49 pounder from the fishing pier.

GENERAL

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.

GENERAL

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.

The Sato Family caught in South Cove using Powerbait. 6/24/17

Joseph Mayo caught in Cowboy Cove using Powerbait. 6/25/17

Oak Point using Powerbait. 6/25/17