Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Christmas trout bonanza at Los Vaqueros Reservoir

BY JIM JONES/WON Staff WriterPublished: Dec 27, 2012

LIVERMORE — It was a very merry Christmas for anglers at Los Vaqueros Reservoir with limits of trout all around — well almost all around — thanks to a super-sized 4,000-pound supplemental trout plant by DFG last week.

PAIRED UP — Bob Hargrove of Livermore was fishing at the East Beach at Lake Del Valle on Dec. 12 using Mice Tails when he caught these two nice trout, the larger one going 3 pounds.

They planted 2,000 pounds of halfpounders on Dec. 18 and another 2,000 pounds on Dec. 20, the first DFG plants in a year and a half. That’s 8,000 rainbows, not only a bonanza for anglers, but also the striped bass of Los Vaqueros, which must also be enjoying the Christmas treat.  

Los Vaqueros Marina manager Chris Senti reported that the fish rapidly spread out since they were planted in South Cove, but anglers in rental boats were also catching trout in Howden Cove.   

In addition to the DFG plant, whopper–sized trout from 2 to 10 pounds from the Lassen Fish Farm are also being planted regularly, and 5,500 pounds of these beauties have been planted in Nov. and Dec.

STILL CAT-CHING — Catfish are still biting at Lake Del Valle, and Michael Jackson of Tracy caught this 7.10 pounder at the Narrows using anchovies for bait on Dec. 9.

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