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Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Trout and crappie fishing at Lake Del Valle keeps improving

BY JIM JONES/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 23, 2012

LIVERMORE — It’s hard to imagine, but the fishing at Lake Del Valle just keeps getting better and better.  

And, although crappie have been caught in fair numbers in past springs (yes, it’s still winter — or at least supposed to be), the crappie fishing lately has been on a par with Clear Lake and even lakes in the Midwest.

But, It’s still trout that has been getting most of anglers’ attention — and rightly so, with lots of limits and lots of whoppers being caught. Some examples: Matt Nola of San Jose caught his limit of five trout with his stringer weighing 11 pounds using Power Egg and worm combinations in the Narrows. Ali Poursafar of San Francisco  caught a 6-pound, 5-ounce rainbow trout on Power Bait and worms, also in the Narrows. John Drybread of Newark “only” caught three trout, but the stringer weighed 14 pounds, and his largest rainbow weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces. He was using nightcrawlers near the East Beach. Matt Nola did even better, catching his limit, his stringer weighing 19 pounds, 3 ounces and his largest fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces. He was using Power Egg/worm combos in the Narrows.

As for crappie, several slabsides weighed in at over 2 pounds apiece, and some anglers caught a dozen or more slabsides. For example, Tony and Tom Eversole of Dublin caught 19 crappie trolling in the Narrows.

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