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Warmwater species take over at Lake Del Valle

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 08, 2019

Trout action winding down

LIVERMORE — Warming water temperatures will soon slow the trout fishing at Lake Del Valle, but the smallmouth and largemouth bass action, as well as catch rates for stripers and catfish, is improving.

freshwaterstriperFRESHWATER STRIPER — Steven M. from San Jose caught an 8-pound striper using anchovies in the lower narrows at Lake Del Valle.

“The lake temperature out here at Del Valle continues to creep upward as the water temperature starts to average around 67 to 68 degrees,” said Capt. Jacob Hall of Lake Del Valle Marina. “This will probably be the last few weeks to still reel in some trout out here at Del Valle. If you are fishing from shore, the trout will mostly be biting along the east beach area, because they like to hang out on the soft mud flats. The best kind of bait to use for the trout are either small plastic worms or Mice Tails. The pink bubblegum worms or the chartreuse orange Mice Tails are the colors you are going to want to use. The coves out by Heron Bay will yield the most production if you have a boat to get there. The water out there is a lot deeper and clearer than the water near the marina.”

Raul Castillo of Union City caught a 6.6-pound trout on Mice Tails near the dam. Nathaniel Holden of Modesto used Power Bait to catch a 5.5-pound trout at the narrows.

Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass is improving with spring weather. “The smallmouth and largemouth bass bite out here is doing well, with many of the bass moving along the weed mats and cattails that dot the shorelines,” Hall said. “Tossing plastic Senkos or live nightcrawlers at these weed patches will yield the best results. You can use squarebill crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps or even go for some topwater action with a Super Spook. The bass out here are relentless for shad imitations.”

Many anglers are focusing on stripers and catfish. “The striped bass are going to be either out in the Heron Bay area of the lake or by the Hetch Hetchy group campsite,” Hall said. “The early morning is the best time to fish for them and be on the lookout, because as the water heats up the striped bass will start to boil on the surface of the water in large schools. The catfish bite out here is also doing well with most of our catfish coming in on either sardines or mackerel. They seem to be preferring the larger chunks of bait.”

Kenny Khu of Livermore caught a five-catfish stringer that weighed 40 pounds. The largest was 11 pounds. He was using anchovies in the narrows. Devin Aouviso of Hayward caught a 6.2-pound catfish on anchovies at Badger Cove.

Perch are biting redworms and small nightcrawlers along the shoreline.

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