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Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Lake Del Valle rises, muddies up, but trout fishing still good

BY JIM JONES/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jan 03, 2013

LIVERMORE — There’s good news and bad news about the fishing at Lake Del Valle.  

First, the bad: The lake came up about 18 feet from the heavy rains, and the South end of the lake from the boathouse to the inlet was filled with debris last week from the heavy runoff, according to Lake Del Valle Recreation Area Manager, Bob Stambaugh. He said fishing the East and West beaches was almost impossible.

TROUT ARE BITING at Del Valle Reservoir in the Bay Area, and that's where Daniel McDaniel of Alameda caught his stringer of trout going 9 pounds. He caught them at Bobcat Cove using Mice Tails.

But, here’s the good news: Trout were still biting above the Narrows, and Hetch Hetchy remained clear. So, look for clearer water toward the dam, where you will catch trout on Mice Tails, Power Bait and egg/worm combos. Surprisingly, even though the lake temperature is a chilly 46 degrees, catfish were still biting on anchovies, by Tarantula Cove and North of The Hetch Hetchy campground.

Another bit of good news: Another 1,000 pounds of 2-to 3-pound rainbows were planted last week. 

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