Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Lake del Valle kicking out trout and giant crappie

BY JIM JONES/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 16, 2012

LIVERMORE — Fishing at Lake Del Valle has been outstanding, and while it’s justifiably known for some of the best trout fishing in the Bay area, even better this time of year is its reputation for producing some of the biggest crappie in  California.     

Eric and Justin of Livermore caught five crappie with the stringer weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces.  The largest crappie weighed 2 pounds, 15 ounces, a Lake Del Valle record. They caught them on crappie jigs in the Narrows.

Trout fishermen also pulled in lots of limits last week, along with some nice whoppers, according to Krysty Clark of Lake Del Valle Recreation Area. She said Dean Vigil of Livermore caught a 6-pound, 5-ounce rainbow trolling a Fire Tiger Rapala at the dam, and Alan Richter of San Jose caught a 6 pounder trolling a minnow lure in the Narrows.  

Bass have started to wake up, although not many anglers have been targeting them. Alan Richter caught a nice smallmouth bass along with his nice trout catch. 

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