Northern CA Freshwater

30-pound striper caught at Del Valle

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 01, 2019

LIVERMORE — Striper fishing is heating up at Lake Del Valle with recent spring weather, with fish up to 30 pounds being caught.

Kenny Khu of Livermore, a frequent angler at Del Valle, caught a 30-pound striper last week on an anchovy near the dam. It is by far the biggest fish so far this season.

A 30-POUND striper was caught by Kenny Khu of Livermore, who fishes Lake Del Valley frequently. He was using anchovies near the dam on April 23 when he caught the big fish.

“The striped bass bite has come alive with many of our stripers being caught on anchovies being soaked in Heron Bay,” said Capt. Jacob Hall of Lake Del Valle Marina. “As the water temperature heats up, look out for the striped bass boils. The shad in the lake have started to spawn and will bring the boils alive.”

Fishing for catfish also has been good. “The catfish bite as been doing well, with many of our catfish being caught fishing by fallen trees in the water,” Hall said. “Chicken liver or anchovies are the preferred bait out here. The catfish also are moving in the tule patches around the lake. If you see carp rolling over the catfish are probably around, too.”

Many anglers have turned their attention to largemouth and smallmouth bass as they begin to spawn. “The smallmouth and largemouth bass are also biting well with many anglers using nightcrawlers to hook up with the bass,” Hall said.

The bass are spawning along the south end of the lake. “If you have a boat, the rocky points with the deep drop offs are the best bet,” Hall said. “Many of the bass are nesting right now, so try to find areas where they might be spawning.”

Trout fishing remains good, although warming water temperatures may soon slow the action for rainbows. “The lake temperature out here at Del Valle is still hovering in the mid- to low 60s in the mornings, but later in the day it’s going as high as 68, with the trout out here giving their last push before the water temperature rises too high,” Hall said. “The next week or two is looking like mild weather, so expect these trout to hang around for awhile longer. The trout are gunning hard for shad imitation. Spoons and Kastmasters work well for getting the trout.”

Ed Elefante of Livermore caught a 6.8-pound rainbow on a spoon in the narrows. Jon Swage of San Jose caught a 6-pound trout on Power Bait in the narrows and a 3.5-pound rainbow was caught by Blake Boyer of Hollister on Mice Tails.

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