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Lake Chabot Fishing Report 10/12/11

General Conditions

Several good size catfish are still getting pulled out with late into the fall season.  Nice cool weather is expected to upcoming week.  The lake remains a little muddy from the rain this past week but is expected to clear up later on this week.  Trout fishing is slowly getting better and better with a few reports of trout getting pulled out from both shore and on boat.  Reports of catfish are getting caught over by Halfmoon bay and the Island using mackerel.  Last week Mt. Lassen planted 500 lbs. of trout by the marina and we are expecting another plant later on this week from Mt. Lassen.  So far we have received over 2,500 lbs of trout.  Water level is about 6 feet from spillway and it’s been staying constant.  When you bring in your big fish we’ll get your picture and give a “Lake Chabot Whopper Club” hat.  Water temperature is consistently dropping and is currently in the low 60’s. If you have any questions please call or visit the marina.


This week the weather is cooling down a little so fishing for trout should pick up.  For all the trollers out there make sure you put on a lure that dives deeper than 10 to 20 feet deep.  Drift fishing is also another good way to pull out trout, especially back by the dam to half moon bay.  We did plant last week of 500 lbs. of trout from Mt. Lassen but only a few fish were reported caught.  We will continue to plant trout for fall, winter and spring.  If you going to bait fish for trout make sure to go down by the dam using Powerbait and Powereggs is your best chance to catch a trout. Fishing has picked up on the west shore trail from the first dock to The Burner.  We will be getting weekly stocks until spring of next year.


Bass fishing is picking up with several bass getting caught daily, bass are hitting mostly in the early mornings and evenings mostly on plastics.  Most of the anglers are throwing Senko’s and drop shots to get the fish to come out from their close to shoreline structure. Several reports of bass were getting caught over by raccoon point and bass cove by using top water lures in the morning and plastic lures off the bottom in the afternoon.  Livewells can be provided upon request thanks to Walton’s pond.  Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you.


The weather is starting to cool down so is the catfish bite will began to slow down. We’ve received over 5,500 lbs of catfish this summer. Five weeks ago Mt. Lassen put in 500 lbs. of catfish into Lake Chabot, that is the last catfish plant for the summer. Catfishing is still doing pretty good up until mid to late October.  Ken Kruse has caught two fish over 9 lbs in the past week using mackerel.  In the past couple years some of the bigger sized catfish usually get pulled out around this time frame, so make sure you have good heavy line. Current hot spot for catfish is back in Halfmoon Bay, Bass cove and around the Island. The first dock at night will be great spot to fish for catfish, so make sure to come out early and claim your spot.  Using mackerel and chicken liver have been a great bait to help anglers catch their limits and the less weight you can get away with the better.


Ken Kruse of San Lorenzo caught a 9.25 and a 10 lb catfish last week using mackerel near the Island.


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