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Trout up to 10 pounds biting at Del Valle

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 09, 2018

LIVERMORE — A pair of trout plants last week at Lake Del Valle have rainbows biting throughout the reservoir, with some fish to 10 pounds being caught.

“The hot bite this week has been trout, with many anglers having success,” said Cody McGarry of Lake Del Valle Marina. Last week, Mt. Lassen Trout Farms planted 750 pounds of rainbows, while another 1,000 pounds were released by the DFW.

JAY BEAL OF San Jose only caught one trout while fishing Lake Del Valle, but it weighed in at 8 pounds! The trout are holding in shallow water and slurping Power Eggs, Power Bait, nightcrawlers or small spinners.

Joshua Vick of North Carolina caught a 10 pounder last week at Del Valle, while Jay Beal of San Jose caught an 8 pounder.

“For trout, most anglers like to use either Power Bait or Power Eggs,” McGarry said. “I would also recommend using either nightcrawlers or small spinners. Make sure you are fishing shallow sand flats and if you are fishing from a boat, make sure you keep moving if you are not getting any bites.”

Some anglers are tossing small Rooster Tail spinners. Brown with a gold or silver blade, or the rainbow trout finish, are good colors.

A few catfish are being caught. “Catfish are going to be in deeper water. I’d say about 20 to 25 feet deep,” McGarry said. “Best baits to use would be either anchovies or mackerel. I would also recommend using nightcrawlers.”

There were few reports of stripers last week.

Fishing conditions are currently prime at Del Valle. “The weather out here at Lake Del Valle has been beautiful for this time of year,” McGarry said. “Early mornings in the lower 40s with temperatures rising up into the high 60s mid-day.”

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