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Los Vaqueros Fishing Conditions

April 3, 2018

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 146,000 acre feet. Water is now being pumped into the reservoir.  The water temperature between 54 and 56 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

There will be a Trout Fishing Derby during the month of April.  Prizes for the three largest fish caught.  The entrance fee is $5.00.  Pick up your ticket and a copy of the rules at the South Kiosk, Marina or the North Kiosk.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

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

Our April through August hours are 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM with boats due in by 6:00 PM

TROUT

Last week saw quite a few limits and near limits especially from boat all over the lake.  Cowboy Cove, Howden Cove and Peninsula Cove all saw a lot of good action.  From the shore fishing past the Rock Wall was doing very well.  South Cove is always a very popular choice.  The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented powerbaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters.  Trolling using Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was 1000 pound DFW plant on March 27th.  There will be two plants this week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Quite a few fish are still being caught from Cowboy Cove to South Cove and from Peninsula Cove.  Anglers have been elusive in coming in to weigh their catches.  Several 4 to 5 pound trough have been seen going by the Marina

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.  If you catch any undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.

STRIPERS

Striper fishing is mixed with both shakers and legal sized fish being caught from around the reservoir.  Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice, either from shore or a boat.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooler water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.  There was a 5000 pound plant of catfish on Monday, March 26th.  Catfish are being caught in South Cove and in Cowboy Cove.  Chicken liver has been the bait of choice.

GENERAL

Whopper Mug rules are: Trout 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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are available for purchase at the Marina.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

Our April through August hours are 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM with boats due in by 6:00 PM

 

 

March 27, 2018

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 146,000 acre feet. Water is being released for use throughout March.  The water temperature between 54 and 56 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

There will be a Trout Fishing Derby during the month of April.  Prizes for the three largest fish caught.  The entrance fee is $5.00.  Pick up your ticket and a copy of the rules at the South Kiosk, Marina or the North Kiosk.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  Don’t forget to pick one up at the Marina.  Bring a driver’s license or an old fishing license with you.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

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

Our March hours are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

Our April through August hours will be 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM with boats due in by 6:00 PM

TROUT

Last week saw quite a few limits and near limits especially from boat all over the lake.  Cowboy Cove, Howden Cove and Peninsula Cove all saw a lot of good action.  From the shore fishing past the Rock Wall was doing very well.  South Cove is always a very popular choice.  The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented powerbaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters.  Trolling using Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was 1000 pound Lassen plant on March 22th.  There will be a plant next week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Quite a few fish are still being caught from Cowboy Cove to South Cove and from Peninsula Cove.

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.  If you catch any undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.

STRIPERS

Striper fishing is mixed with both shakers and legal sized fish being caught from around the reservoir.  Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice, either from shore or a boat.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooler water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.  There was a 5000 pound plant of catfish on Monday, March 26th.

GENERAL

Whopper Mug rules are: Trout 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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are available for purchase at the Marina.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

Our March hours are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

Our April through August hours will be 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM with boats due in by 6:00 PM

 

March 20, 2018

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 147,000 acre feet. Water is being released for use throughout March.  The water temperature between 54 and 56 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  Don’t forget to pick one up at the Marina.  Bring a driver’s license or an old fishing license with you.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

On February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price increased to $6.00. 

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

Our March hours are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

Our April through August hours will be 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM with boats due in by 6:00 PM

TROUT

Last week saw quite a few limits and near limits especially from boat all over the lake.  Cowboy Cove, Howden Cove and Peninsula Cove all saw a lot of good action.  From the shore fishing past the Rock Wall was doing very well.  South Cove is always a very popular choice.  The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented powerbaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters.  Trolling using Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was 1000 pound Lassen plant on March 12th.  There will be a plant this week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Quite a few fish are still being caught from Cowboy Cove to South Cove and from Peninsula Cove.  A 6.5 pound rainbow was caught at an undisclosed location using powerbait.

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.  If you catch any undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.

STRIPERS

Striper fishing is mixed with both shakers and legal sized fish being caught from around the reservoir.  Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice, either from shore or a boat.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooler water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.  There will be a 5000 pound plant of catfish next week.

GENERAL

Whopper Mug rules are: Trout 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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are available for purchase at the Marina.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

On February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price increased to $6.00. 

Our March hours are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

Our April through August hours will be 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM with boats due in by 6:00 PM

 

March 6, 2018

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 148,000 acre feet. Water is being released for use through March.  The water temperature between 54 and 56 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  Don’t forget to pick one up at the Marina.  Bring a driver’s license or an old fishing license with you.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

On February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price increased to $6.00. 

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

Our March hours are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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.  Trolling using Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was 1000 pound plant on March 5th.  There will be a plant next week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Quite a few fish are still being caught from Cowboy Cove to South Cove and from Peninsula Cove.  A 4.9 pound trout was caught in Cox Cove using powerbait. Limits have been seen from shore in South Cove and from past the Rock Wall as well as around the lake from boats although with the winds there have been fewer rentals.

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.  If you catch any undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.

STRIPERS

Striper fishing is mixed with both shakers and legal sized fish being caught from around the reservoir.  Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice, either from shore or a boat.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooler water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.

GENERAL

Whopper Mug rules are: Trout 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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

On February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price increased to $6.00. 

Our March hours are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

 

February 27, 2018

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 149,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 54 and 56 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  Don’t forget to pick one up at the Marina.  Bring a driver’s license or an old fishing license with you.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

On February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price increased to $6.00. 

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

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

Our March hours will be 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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.  Trolling with Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was 1000 pound plant on February 26th.  There was an 1100 pound DFW plant of 1+ pound fish on February 22nd.  There will be a plant next week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Quite a few fish are still being caught from Cowboy Cove to South Cove and from Peninsula Cove.  A 9.11 pound trout was caught in South Cove using powerbait. Limits have been seen from shore in South Cove and from past the Rock Wall as well as around the lake from boats although with the winds there have been fewer rentals.

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.  If you catch any undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.

STRIPERS

Striper fishing is mixed with both shakers and legal sized fish being caught from around the reservoir.  Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice, either from shore or a boat.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooler water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.

GENERAL

Whopper Mug rules are: Trout 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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

On February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price increased to $6.00. 

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

Our March hours will be 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

 

February 20, 2018

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 149,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 54 and 56 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  Don’t forget to pick one up at the Marina.  Bring a driver’s license or an old fishing license with you.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

On February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price increased to $6.00. 

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

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

Our March hours will be 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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.  Trolling with Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was 1000 pound plant on February 19th.  There will be a plant next week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Quite a few fish are being caught from Cowboy Cove to South Cove and from Peninsula Cove.   A 6.13 pound trout was caught in Cowboy Cove with a Rapala.  A 10.1 pounder came out of South Cove using powerbait. Limits have been seen from shore in South Cove and from past the Rock Wall as well as around the lake from boats.

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.  If you catch any undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.  Several anglers have reported catching largemouth while trolling for trout and have been seen going after bait fish in the backs of Howden and Peninsula Coves.

STRIPERS

Striper fishing is mixed with both shakers and legal sized fish being caught from around the reservoir.  Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice, either from shore or a boat.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.

GENERAL

Whopper Mug rules are: Trout 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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

On February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price increased to $6.00. 

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

Our March hours will be 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

 

February 12, 2018

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 149,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 55 and 57 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  Don’t forget to pick one up at the Marina.  Bring a driver’s license or an old fishing license with you.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

On February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price has increased to $6.00. 

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

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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.  Trolling with Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was 1000 pound plant on February 12th.  There will be a plant next week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Quite a few fish are being caught from Cowboy Cove to South Cove and from Peninsula Cove.  Limits have been seen from shore in South Cove and from past the Rock Wall as well as around the lake from boats.

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.  If you catch any undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.  Several anglers have reported catching largemouth while trolling for trout and have been seen going after bait fish in the backs of Howden and Peninsula Coves.

STRIPERS

Striper fishing is mixed with both shakers and legal sized fish being caught from around the reservoir.  Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice, either from shore or a boat.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.

GENERAL

Whopper Mug rules are: Trout 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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

On February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price has increased to $6.00. 

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

 

February 6, 2018

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 149,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 55 and 57 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  Don’t forget to pick one up at the Marina.  Bring a driver’s license or an old fishing license with you.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

Beginning February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price will increase to $6.00. 

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

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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.  Trolling with Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There were 1000 pound plants on both February 1st and 5th.  There will be a plant next week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Quite a few fish are being caught from Cowboy Cove to South Cove and from Peninsula Cove.  An 8.07 pound trout caught in South Cove using a Chrome Kastmaster.  Trolling in Peninsula Cove has continued doing good with a couple of anglers catching their limits include a 5.7 pound rainbow on a Rapala.  They were fishing in 10-20 feet of water with their lures 7-10 feet deep.  Limits have been seen from shore in South Cove and from past the Rock Wall as well as around the lake from boats.

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.  If you catch any undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.  Several anglers have reported catching largemouth while trolling for trout and have been seen going after bait fish in the backs of Howden and Peninsula Coves.

STRIPERS

Striper fishing is mixed with both shakers and legal sized fish being caught from around the reservoir.  Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice, either from shore or a boat.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.

GENERAL

Whopper Mug rules are: Trout 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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

Beginning February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price will increase to $6.00. 

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

January 30, 2018

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 149,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 56 and 58 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  Catfish are also being caught in good numbers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  Don’t forget to pick one up at the Marina.  Bring a driver’s license or an old fishing license with you.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

Beginning February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price will increase to $6.00. 

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

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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.  Trolling with Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was a 2000 pound DFW plant on January 25th.  There was also a 1000 pound Mt Lassen plant on January 26th.  There will be a plant later this week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Quite a few fish are being caught from Cowboy Cove to South Cove and from Peninsula Cove.  An 8.0 pound trout was caught in Howden Cove on powerbait.  An 8.66 pounder was caught in South Cover also using powerbait.  A 9.85 pound fish was caught in Cowboy Cove using a lure.  Trolling in Peninsula Cove was reported as good with a couple of anglers catching their limits.  They were fishing in 10-20 feet of water with their lures 7-10 feet deep.  Limits have been seen from shore in South Cove and from past the Rock Wall as well as around the lake from boats.

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.  If you catch any undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.  Several anglers have reported catching largemouth while trolling for trout and have been seen going after bait fish in the backs of Howden and Peninsula Coves.

STRIPERS

Striper fishing is mixed with both shakers and legal sized fish being caught from around the reservoir.  Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice, either from shore or a boat.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.

GENERAL

Whopper Mug rules are: Trout 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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

Beginning February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price will increase to $6.00. 

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

 

January 23, 2018

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 149,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 57 and 59 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  Catfish are also being caught in good numbers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  Don’t forget to pick one up at the Marina.  Bring a driver’s license or an old fishing license with you.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

Beginning February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price will increase to $6.00.

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

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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.  Trolling with Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was a 1000 pound plant on January 18th.  There will be a plant later this week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Quite a few fish are being caught from Cowboy Cove to South Cove and from Peninsula Cove.  There was a 7.7 pound trout caught at an undisclosed location this week.  We also saw twin 6.2 pounders caught in South Cove on powerbait and in Peninsula Cove on a lure.  Limits have been seen both in boats and from shore.

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.  If you catch any undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.  Several anglers have reported catching largemouth while trolling for trout and have been seen going after bait fish in the backs of Howden and Peninsula Coves.

STRIPERS

Striper fishing is mixed with both shakers and legal sized fish being caught from around the reservoir.  Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice, either from shore or a boat.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.

GENERAL

Whopper Mug rules are: Trout 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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

Beginning February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price will increase to $6.00.

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

 

January 16, 2018

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 149,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 57 and 59 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  Catfish are also being caught in good numbers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  Don’t forget to pick one up at the Marina.  Bring a driver’s license or an old fishing license with you.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

Beginning February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price will increase to $6.00.

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

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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.  Trolling with Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was a 2000 pound plant on January 11th.  There will be a plant later this week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Quite a few fish are being caught from Cowboy Cove to South Cove to Peninsula Cove.  This week saw a 10.52 pound fish caught from the shore near the dam on powerbait, a 7.75 pounder on a Kastmaster in Peninsula Cove and an 8.5 pound trout in Cowboy Cove using powerbait.  Cox Cove was also seen to give up a couple of limits for a couple of boaters.  Limits have been seen both in boats and from shore.

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.  If you catch any undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.  Several anglers have reported catching largemouth while trolling for trout and have been seen going after bait fish in the backs of Howden and Peninsula Coves.

STRIPERS

Striper fishing is mixed with both shakers and legal sized fish being caught from around the reservoir.  Cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice, either from shore or a boat.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.  A 13.2 pound catfish was caught by the Marina Dock using anchovies.

GENERAL

Whopper Mug rules are: Trout 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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

Beginning February 1st the Fishing Access Pass price will increase to $6.00.

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

 

January 9, 2018

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 149,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 57 and 59 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  Catfish are also being caught in good numbers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  Don’t forget to pick one up at the Marina.  Bring a driver’s license or an old fishing license with you.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

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

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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.  Trolling with Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was a 1000 pound plant on December 27th.  DFW also put a load of fish into the reservoir on December 29th.  The plant last week was delayed due to the fishery.  They will be putting in a double load this week.  2000 pounds of Lassen trout coming in a day or two.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Quite a few fish are being caught from Cowboy Cove to South Cove to Peninsula Cove.  Tuesday saw multiple limits and multiple fish over 6 pound coming in off of boats mostly on powerbait but nightcrawlers and lures like Kastmasters were also productive.  A 7.7 and a 6.17 pound trout was caught in Peninsula Cove using powerbait and a Kastmaster.  A 6.6 pounder was caught in Cox Cove using a lure along with a 6.8 pounder in Peninsula Cove on a lure.  Limits have been seen both in boats and from shore.

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.  If you catch any undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.  Several anglers have reported catching largemouth while trolling for trout and have been seen going after bait fish in the backs of Howden and Peninsula Coves.

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.  Bait fishing from boats has picked up as well with limits of 19-23 inch fish being caught in Howden Cove on cut bait.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.

GENERAL

Whopper Mug rules are: Trout 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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

 

January 2, 2018

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 149,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 57 and 59 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  Catfish are also being caught in good numbers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  Don’t forget to pick one up at the Marina.  Bring a driver’s license or an old fishing license with you.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

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

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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.  Trolling with Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was a 1000 pound plant on December 27th.  DFW also put a load of fish into the reservoir on December 29th.  There will be another plant this week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Quite a few fish are being caught from Cowboy Cove to South Cove to Peninsula Cove.  Tuesday saw multiple limits and multiple fish over 6 pound coming in off of boats mostly on powerbait but nightcrawlers and lures like Kastmasters were also productive.  This trend continued on through the weekend with is slowing a bit due to the full moon.  Monday picked up a bit with two fish over 6 pounds, 6.5 and 6.8 being caught in Cox and Peninsula Coves using lures.  A 5.36 pound rainbow was caught off of the Marina Dock using a Kastmaster and a 6.35 pound fish came in from South Cove using powerbait.

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.  If you catch any undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.  Several anglers have reported catching largemouth while trolling for trout and have been seen going after bait fish in the backs of Howden and Peninsula Coves.

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.  Bait fishing from boats has picked up as well with limits of 19-23 inch fish being caught in Howden Cove on cut bait.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.

GENERAL

Whopper Mug rules are: Trout 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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

 

December 26, 2017

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 149,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 57 and 59 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  Catfish are also being caught in significant numbers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.  Plan early and get one now.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

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

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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.  Trolling with Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was a 2000 pound plant on December 20th.  There will be another plant this week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  There has been significant activity at our fish cleaning station with lots of fish being cleaned.  A 12.45 pound trout was caught in South Cove using powerbait.  A 6.7 pounder was caught in Howden Cove using power eggs.  Limits are being seen as well as anglers catching 2 or 3 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.  If you catch any 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 still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.  A 13.8 pound catfish was caught in Cowboy Cove using an anchovy.

GENERAL

Whopper Mug rules are: Trout 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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

 

December 19, 2017

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing has picked up with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 149,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 57 and 59 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  Catfish are also being caught in significant numbers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

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

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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.  Trolling with Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was a 1000 pound plant on December 11th.  There will be another plant this week of 2000 pounds.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Trout fishing is good with fish being caught all around the reservoir.  A 7.19 pound trout was caught in Howden Cove using a lure.  A 6.95 pounder was caught in South Cove using a Kastmaster.

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.  If you catch any 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.  Striper boils have slowed some but are still being seen here and there.  Early morning is the best time to find the boils around the lake.  If you happen across a boil, top water lures are doing a good job catching fish.  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.  Limits have been reported being caught in Cowboy Cove.

CATFISH

Catfish are still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.

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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

 

December 12, 2017

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing has picked up with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 149,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 60 and 62 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  Catfish are also being caught in significant numbers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

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

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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.  Trolling with Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was a 1000 pound plant on December 11th.  There will be another plant next week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Trout fishing is good with fish being caught all around the reservoir.  A 6.38 pound trout caught using worms.  A 7.07 pounder came out of South Cove using nightcrawlers and a 7.33 pound fish was caught in Peninsula Cove using powerbait.

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.  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.  Striper boils have slowed some but are still being seen here and there.  Early morning is the best time to find the boils around the lake.  If you happen across a boil, top water lures are doing a good job catching fish.  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.  Limits are being reported being caught in Cowboy Cove.

CATFISH

Catfish are still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.  A number of catfish were caught last week including a 15.98 pounder in Cowboy Cove, a 15.21 pound fish near the marina along with a 10 pounder and a couple of 9 pound fish.

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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

 

December 5, 2017

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing has picked up with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there.  The water level is currently at 149,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 60 and 62 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  Catfish are also being caught in significant numbers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

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

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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.  Trolling with Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was a 1000 pound plant on November 30th.  There will be another plant next week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Trout fishing has improved to good with fish being caught all around the reservoir.  An 8.0 pound trout was caught in South Cove using powerbait.  A 9.23 pound was caught in East Cove using a rooster tail.  Finally, an 11.23 pound trout was caught in South Cove using a lure.

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.  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.  Peninsula Cove has also been active for striped bass.  Striper boils have slowed some but are still being seen here and there.  Early morning is the best time to find the boils around the lake.  If you happen across a boil, top water lures are doing a good job catching fish.  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.  A 14.93 pound fish was caught in Howden Cove using a fire tiger pattern rapala.

CATFISH

Catfish are still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.  A 12.0 pound catfish was caught using an anchovy in Howden Cove.

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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

2018 Annual Parking Passes are now available at the Marina, the North Gate and the Watershed Office.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

 

November 28, 2017

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is picking up with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there. After a recalculation by CCWD the water level is currently at 149,500 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 60 and 62 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity varies between good and fair.  With our continuing plants trout have become our most caught fish followed by stripers.  Catfish are also being caught in significant numbers.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available.  They are valid beginning January 1st 2018.

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

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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.  Trolling with Rapalas has been reported as good to great in some of the coves.  You want to be trolling at a depth of 5-9 feet.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was a 1000 pound plant on November 16th.  There will be another plant this week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Trout fishing has improved to good with fish being caught all around the reservoir.  A 9.77 pound trout was caught using powerbait in South Cove along with a 9.7 and an 8.4 pounder as well.  A 5.16 pound trout was one of over 20 fish caught by one boater.  Only a limit was kept.  A lot of limits are being caught both from shore and from boats around the lake.

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.  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.  Peninsula Cove has also been active for striped bass.  Striper boils have slowed some but are still being seen here and there.  Early morning is the best time to find the boils around the lake.  If you happen across a boil, top water lures are doing a good job catching fish.  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.  A 12.61 pound striper was caught in Cowboy Cove using an anchovy.

CATFISH

Catfish are still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.  A number of large catfish were caught last week.  This included a 14.6 pounder caught in Peninsula Cove and a couple 10 ½ pound fish also from Cowboy Cove all using anchovies.

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.

2018 Fishing Licenses are now available at the Marina.  They are valid beginning January 1st, 2018.

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

 

November 7, 2017

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is picking up with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there. After a recalculation by CCWD the water level is currently at 150,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 63 and 65 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity is good.  Stripers continue to be the most common fish caught with trout a close second.  Boat rentals are sporadic with winds being nice for a few days and then returning to high levels.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions.

November is Night Fishing at Los Vaqueros.  Every Friday night during the month of November we will be open until 8:00pm for Night Fishing.  Only the shoreline South of the Rockwall is open to anglers.  No extended boating hours.

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

Our November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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 plant on November 3rd.  There will be another plant this week.  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 during evening hours with fish being caught from around the reservoir.

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.  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.  Striper boils have slowed some but are still being seen here and there.  Early morning are the best time to find the boils around the lake.  If you happen across a boil, top water lures are doing a good job catching fish.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.  An 11.4 pound catfish was caught past the Rockwall using an anchovy.  Also, a 15.95 pound cat was caught off the Marina dock using, surprise, an anchovy.

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 November – February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

 

October 24, 2017

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is pretty good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there. After a recalculation by CCWD the water level is currently at 150,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 64 and 66 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity is good.  Stripers are doing decently with boils continuing around the lake.  Trout fishing has picked up after planting 4000 pounds of rainbows with fish being caught from South Cove, Oak Point, and around the marina into Cowboy Cove.  Boat rentals are sporadic with winds being nice for a few days and then returning to high levels.  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 October hours are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

Our November hours will be 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

TROUT

Trout 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 plant on October 19th.  There will be another plant next week.  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 during evening hours with fish being caught from around the reservoir.

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.  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.  Striper boils have slowed some but are still being seen here and there.  Early morning are the best time to find the boils all around the lake.  If you happen across a boil, top water lures are doing a good job catching fish.  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. A 12.45 pound striper was caught in Penn Cove using a swim bait.

CATFISH

Catfish are still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.  A 5.45 pound catfish was caught in Cowboy Cove using an anchovy. 

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 October hours are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

Our November hours will be 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM

 

October 10, 2017

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is pretty good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there. After a recalculation by CCWD the water level is currently at 151,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 65 and 67 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity is good.  Stripers are doing decently with boils continuing around the lake.  Trout fishing has picked up after planting 3000 pounds of rainbows with fish being caught from South Cove, Oak Point, and around the marina into Cowboy Cove.  Boat rentals are sporadic with winds being nice for a few days and then returning to high levels.  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 October hours are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

TROUT

Fishing for trout has picked up after we planted 3000 pounds of fish over the past two weeks.  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 2000 pound plant on September 28th and a 1000 pound plant on October 5th.  There will be another plant next week.  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 during evening hours with fish being caught from around the reservoir.  There are a number of fish being caught from Oak Point to past the Rock Wall.  South Cove also continues to produce a good number of fish.  A 6.94 pound trout was caught in South Cove using powerbait.

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.  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.  Striper boils have slowed some but are still being seen here and there.  Early morning are the best time to find the boils all around the lake.  If you happen across a boil, top water lures are doing a good job catching fish.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait. 

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 October hours are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

September 26, 2017

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is pretty good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there. After a recalculation by CCWD the water level is currently at 151,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 68 and 70 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity is good.  Stripers are doing decently with the number of boils going on all around the lake.  Trout fishing has been consistent with fish being caught from South Cove, Oak Point, and around the marina into Cowboy Cove.  Boat rentals are sporadic with winds being nice for a few days and then returning to high levels.  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 September hours are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with boats due in by 5:00 PM.

Our October hours will be 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

TROUT

Fishing for trout continues to be good even with the warmer 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.  Water temperatures have cooed enough and we are planting this week.  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 during evening hours with fish being caught from around the reservoir.  There are a number 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.  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.  Striper boils are having a resurgence.  Early morning are the best time to find the boils all around the lake.  If you happen across a boil, top water lures are doing a good job catching fish.  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 still being caught here and there even with the cooling water and mixed weather.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait. 

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 September hours are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with boats due in by 5:00 PM.

Our October hours will be 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

September 19, 2017

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Fishing is pretty good with trout and striped bass being the main fish caught.  We are still seeing catfish turning up here and there. After a recalculation by CCWD the water level is currently at 151,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 68 and 71 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity is good.  Stripers are doing decently with the number of boils going on all around the lake.  Trout fishing has been consistent with fish being caught from South Cove, Oak Point, and around the marina into Cowboy Cove.  Boat rentals are sporadic with winds being nice for a few days and then returning to high levels.  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 September hours are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with boats due in by 5:00 PM.

Our October hours will be 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 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.  Water temperatures are cooling and we hope to plant next week.  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 during evening hours with fish being caught from around the reservoir.  There are a number 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.  Boils are showing up all around the lake with the stripers chasing the bait fish.  If you happen across a boil, top water lures are doing a good job catching fish.  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.  A family brought in 5 limits of 18”-21” fish from Cowboy Cove.

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.  A 12.36 pound catfish was caught in South Cove using an anchovy.

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 September hours are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with boats due in by 5:00 PM.

Our October hours will be 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with boats due in by 4:00 PM

September 12, 2017

GENERAL CONDITIONS

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 151,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature between 72 and 75 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity is good.  Stripers are picking up along with the number of boils going on all around the lake.  Trout fishing has been consistent with fish being caught from South Cove, Oak Point, and around the marina into Cowboy Cove.  Boat rentals are sporadic with winds being nice for a few days and then returning to high levels.  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 September hours are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with boats due in by 5:00 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.  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 a number 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.  Boils are showing up all around the lake with the stripers chasing the bait fish.  If you happen across a boil, top water lures are doing a good job catching fish.  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.  A 13 pound striper was caught in Cowboy Cove on an anchovy.

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 August 23rd from Lassen.  Anglers have been shy to come in and weigh their fish but we have been seeing a number of decent sized fish on going by to be cleaned.

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 September hours are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with boats due in by 5:00 PM.

 

 

September 4, 2017

GENERAL CONDITIONS

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 72 and 75 degrees depending on the time of day.  Our water clarity is good.  Stripers are picking up along with the number of boils going on all 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 September hours are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with boats due in by 5:00 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.  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.  A 6.1 pound trout was caught in South Cove using a nightcrawler.

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.  Boils are showing up all around the lake with the stripers chasing the bait fish.  If you happen across a boil top water lures are doing a good job catching fish.  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 August 23rd from Lassen.  Anglers have been shy to come in and weigh their fish but we have been seeing a number of decent sized fish on going by to be cleaned.

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 September hours are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with boats due in by 5:00 PM.

 

 

August 29, 2017

GENERAL CONDITIONS

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 72 and 75 degrees depending on the time of day.  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.

Our September hours will be 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with boats due in by 5:00 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.  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 August 23rd from Lassen.  Anglers have been shy to come in and weigh their fish but we have been seeing a number of decent sized fish on going by to be cleaned.

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.

Our September hours will be 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with boats due in by 5:00 PM.

 

 

August 22, 2017

GENERAL CONDITIONS

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.

Our September hours will be 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with boats due in by 5:00 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.  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 August 10th from Lassen.  There will be another plant next week.  Anglers have been shy to come in and weigh their fish but we have been seeing a number of decent sized fish on going by to be cleaned.

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.

Our September hours will be 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with boats due in by 5:00 PM.

 

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