Los Vaqueros Fishing Report _ June 27, 2017

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Los Vaqueros Fishing Report _ June 27, 2017

June 27, 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. The water level is currently at 153,000 acre feet. Pumping has stopped.  Water levels will slowly drop due to evaporation and absorption.  The water temperature is hovering around 70 degrees.  Our water clarity is good.  Stripers have slowed although they continue to be caught both from shore and from boats.  Trout fishing is consistant 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 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 pond trouth plant on the 15th.  The next plant will depend on the increasing water temperature.  We are hoping to get one in later this week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Trout fishing is fair, mostly in the morning, with fish being caught from around the reservoir.  Boats rentals have been picking up with the seasonal winds giving anglers a break.  There are lots of fish being caught from Oak Point to past the Rock Wall.  South Cove also continues to produce.  Limits are not uncommon. The fish cleaning station continues to be busy.

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.  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 making infrequent appearances.  As the water warms we look to see more fish being caught.  For those wishing to target catfish, chicken liver and anchovies are the best choices of bait.

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.

Oak Point using Powerbait. 6/25/17

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

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

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