Northern CA Freshwater

4.3-pound trout leads Los Vaqueros derby

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Apr 11, 2018

LIVERMORE — Although bigger fish were caught, a 4.3-pound rainbow held the lead of the month-long trout derby at Los Vaqueros Reservoir after the first full week of fishing.

Michael Moniz caught the 4.3-pound rainbow last week in Cowboy Cove to take the lead. There were bigger fish caught, but the anglers didn’t have a derby ticket. Derby tickets are $5 and good for the whole month.

cowboybowCOWBOY ‘BOW — Leslie Seid of Livermore holds a 9.85-pound rainbow he caught on a Rapala in Cowboy Cove at Los Vaqueros Reservoir, where trout plants keep the action good.

Jonnell Rojas of Campbell weighed in the biggest fish of the week, a 7.25-pound trout caught on chicken liver in Cowboy Cove. He was fishing for catfish.

Trout fishing has been good, with some anglers leaving with limits and most caught two to three fish, said Rony Garber of Los Vaqueros Marina. “I am still seeing some limits and people are catching fish. Most are getting two to three trout.” Rooster Tail spinners or Kastmasters are working well, as are Power Bait, nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. South Cove has been a good area for trout, and last week Cowboy Cove was a hot spot.

The lake was planted with 1,000 pounds of rainbows from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms last week, along with another 1,000 pounds from DFW.

The 5,000 pounds of catfish that were planted two weeks ago has sparked a good bite for catfish. Many people are catching limits in Cowboy Cove or South Cove, Garber said. Jaysin Iniquez of Vacaville caught an 8-pound catfish last week on an anchovy in Cowboy Cove.

“Stripers are doing a lot better,” Garber said. “We are seeing a lot more limits of 18 to 21 inches.”

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