Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Lake Del Valle producing a mix of trout, striped bass, and catfish

BY JIM JONES/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 08, 2012

LIVERMORE — Trout fishing is continuing to pick up at Lake Del Valle, aided by heavy trout plants and cooler water. Some nice striped bass are being caught, too, along with catfish, which are still biting, although action has slowed a bit. Fishing for bass has been slowing down.  

Bob Stambaugh of Lake Del Valle Recreation Area said smallmouth bass are no longer hitting topwater lures at the same rate they had been, but are still taking Panther Martins, and largemouth bass are  hitting Rat-L-Traps. However, fishing for striped bass has picked up and Danny Hollis of Livermore caught a 19 pounder at Heron Bay on anchovies. 

BIG ’BOW — Lance Hooker of Livermore fished Lake Del Valle on Oct. 23 at the East Beach and used Power Bait for his 12.8-pound trout. He was so excited he never mentioned is little fishing pal!

Stambaugh said that fishing for catfish is slowing down, but some are still being caught, mostly in the Narrows. For example, R. J. Davis of Hayward caught a 10 pounder at the Narrows on anchovies, and Gary Howard of Livermore caught a 7 pounder, also at the Narrows on anchovies.   

As for trout, Daryl Hill of San Jose caught a stringer of planter trout weighing a total of 8 pounds in the Upper Narrows on green Power Bait.

The water temperature at the dock is 64 degrees, and visibility was minimal. Trout plants totaled 1,000 pounds last week. 

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