Northern CA Freshwater

Livermore: Levels at Lake Del Valle don’t slow trout action

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jan 23, 2020

LIVERMORE — Water levels have dropped at Lake Del Valle to make room for winter rains, but trout fishing remains good, with anglers catching limits, and whopper-size rainbows.

“Fishing at Lake Del Valle has been very good the past few days for rainbow trout, catfish and stripers,” said Jack Forzano of Lake Del Valle Marina. “The water level is very low due to East Bay draining the water in anticipation for the winter rains coming.”

A LIMIT OF rainbow trout was caught at Lake Del Valley by Melanie Parkin, who was tossing a Kastmaster in the lower Narrows on Jan. 10 for her stringer.

Trout fishing is good across from the marina, in the Lower Narrows, Venados Group Camp, Badger Cove, Swallow Bay and the dam. The water temperature is 49 degrees. Visibility is around 3 feet at the marina, but 13-plus feet past the Lower Narrows.

Mt. Lassen Trout Farms has been planting 750 to 1,000 pounds of rainbows a week at Del Valle, while DFW also planted 1,000 pounds last week.

Joquin Gutierrez of San Lorenzo caught a 6.5-pound rainbow in the Lower Narrows on a spoon. Melanie Parkin caught a limit of rainbows in the Lower Narrows with a spoon and Michael Franey of Milpitas caught an 8-pound rainbow in the Narrows in a jig.

Stripers also are biting, with anchovies working best near the dam. Gary Elizarrey of Hayward caught a 7.05-pound striper.

A few catfish are being caught on anchovies, mackerel and chicken liver. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass has been slow.

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