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Lunker stripers, catfish caught at Del Valle

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 17, 2017

LIVERMORE — While most anglers are focusing on recently planted rainbows, a few lunker stripers— and catfish have turned heads at Lake Del Valle.

swallowbaybassSWALLOW BAY BASS — WON reader and contributor Kenny Khu of Livermore caught this 22-pound striper in Swallow Bay at Lake Del Valle.

Mark Adams of San Jose caught a 25-pound catfish last week at the Narrows. He was using 6-pound-test fluorocarbon leader. A 16-pound catfish was caught by Kenny Khu of Livermore, who was fishing bait near the dam. Khu also caught a 22-pound striper while fishing in Swallow Bay.

“The best bets on catching fish would be either trout or striped bass,” said Cody McGarry of Lake Del Valle Marina.

The lake was planted with 750 pounds of rainbows last week from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms, and will get another 1,000 pounds this week.

“Trout have been being caught from the south end all the way to the dam,” McGarry said. “Most anglers are still catching them on either Power Bait or Mice Tails. I would also recommend using nightcrawlers or if you are into more cast and retrieve, I would use either a Kastmaster or a smaller jerk bait.”

Matt Messina of Detroit, Mich., caught a 7.5-pound rainbow near the dam. Colin Cusin of Oakland caught a 4.25-pound rainbow near the dam. Visibility was improved to 5 to 7 feet.

“Stripers have slowly but surely started coming out to feed with the clearer water,” McGarry said. “Most anglers are catching them from Swallow Bay all the way to the dam. Best bet to catch one of these guys is to soak either anchovies, mackerel or sardines in about 15 to 25 feet of water.”

Fishing for catfish is slow, but a few nice fish have been caught. “Catfish have slowed down this week with only a few anglers hooking into them,” McGarry said. “I would fish the points, fallen trees and weed beds while using either anchovies, mackerel or nightcrawlers. Most of the catfish that have been caught have been either in the Narrows or at the dam.”

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