Northern CA Freshwater

Los Vaqueros catfish action turns on

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

LIVERMORE — Fishing for catfish at Los Vaqueros Reservoir is heating up, while trout and stripers also are being caught. With 1,000 pounds of catfish being stocked every other week, including a plant last week, fishing is now good.

“The catfish are doing well,” said Brian DeMunnick, the manager of Los Vaqueros Marina. “We are seeing a lot of catfish come in now, and some decent-size ones. Up to 11 pounds. They are catching them near Cowboy Cove and in South Cove. The bets bait is anchovy.”

cowboycovecatCOWBOY COVE CAT — Calvin Wong of Sunnyvale holds a 24.85-pound catfish he caught in recently at Los Vaqueros Reservoir. He was using Power Eggs in Cowboy Cove for trout at the time.

Anglers are cutting anchovies in half or in thirds and fishing them on the bottom for the catfish. Some are also using chicken liver, sardines, mackerel or nightcrawlers. Lee Hang of Stockton used anchovies to catch an 11.75-pound catfish Aug. 7 in Cowboy Cove. Enrique Perez of San Jose also used anchovies to catch an 8.3-pound catfish in Cowboy Cove. Tom Bulter of Livermore caught a 5.5-pound catfish Aug. 9 on anchovies near the marina pier.

Stripers are now boiling in the afternoons near the marina. “It was a good week for stripers,” DeMunnick said. “The 18- to 20-inch stripers are more common now. We saw four different boils, with a couple boils at the marina. And we saw some boils in Cowboy Cove.” Anglers are fishing cut anchovies and picking away at small keepers and lots of shakers. Topwater lures and swimbaits also are working during the evening hours.

Bank anglers are catching trout at South Cove on Power Bait, as well as Kastmasters. “Trout are still coming in,” DeMunnick said. “We are now seeing as many limits, but guys are still getting trout.”

The lake remains 95-percent full, with a temperature of 72 degrees.

The park is open until 8 p.m. through August. In September, hours will switch to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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