Northern CA Freshwater

Los Vaqueros trout bite gets even better

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

LIVERMORE — Already one of the most productive trout lakes in the Bay Area during the winter, Los Vaqueros Reservoir got even better the first week of the new year after one of the biggest plants of the season.

The reservoir got its normal 1,000 pounds of rainbows from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms the week before New Year’s Day, and then a bonus plant of 1,000 pounds of trout from the DFW. Another 1,000 pounds from Mt. Lassen were released last week, and 1,000 pounds are expected this week.

powerbowPOWER ‘BOW — Bob Yoshikawa holds a 6.7-pound rainbow he caught Dec. 19 at Los Vaqueros Reservoir. He was using Power Eggs in Howden Cove.

“We are doing a lot of planting and we have a lot of trout hitting all over the lake,” said Brian DeMunnick, the manager of Los Vaqueros Marina. “Our trout fishing has been doing really well. We are seeing a lot more trout hitting in Peninsula Cove.”

South Cove also is fishing well, DeMunnick said. South Cove has good shore access, while it is mainly boaters who are fishing Peninsula Cove, which is located at the north end of the park.

Anglers are using garlic-scented Power Bait, nightcrawlers and Kastmasters.

Jaq Wilson of Hercules caught 7.7- and 6.17-pound rainbows on Jan. 7 while was using Power Bait in Peninsula Cove and Jarred Bitcon of San Jose used a Kastmaster to catch 6.8- and 6.5-pound rainbows in Cox Cove. “We are seeing a lot of 4-pound trout,” DeMunnick said.

Striper fishing is fair at the marina dock, where cut anchovies are catching some keepers and a decent amount of shakers. “Stripers have slowed down a little bit. We are seeing some keepers in the 19- to 20-inch range,” DeMunnick said. Fishing for catfish remains good in Cowboy Cove as well as near the marina. Cut anchovies remain the hot bait.

The lake is 93-percent full, with a water temperature of 57 degrees.

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