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Lake Chabot Fishing Report 9/13/11

General Conditions

Catfishing is good with a few fish reported being caught during the night on the first dock and on the west shore trail. Two weeks ago, Mt. Lassen planted 500lbs of catfish by the marina.  This week we are scheduled to receive our first trout plant for the fall season.  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 consistently remains in the low 70’s. If you have any questions please call or visit the marina.


This week the weather is warming up a little so fishing for trout will be a little slow.  For all the trollers out there make sure you put on a lure that dives deeper than 15 to 25 feet deep.  Drift fishing is also another good way to pull out trout, especially back by the dam to half moon bay.  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. Look forward to better trout fishing when the water temperature cools down a little.  This week was our first week of trout being stocked in the lake and we should be getting close to weekly stocks until spring of next year.


Bass fishing is picking up with several bass getting caught daily, with this warm weather bass are hitting mostly in the mornings and evenings.  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 warming up and so is the catfish bite. We’ve received over 5,500lbs of catfish in last so far this season but most of the fish being caught right now are holdovers from past stocks. Two weeks ago Mt. Lassen put in 500 lbs. of catfish into Lake Chabot and will do another plant later on this upcoming week. 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.

Joey Coelho of San Leandro caught a 10lb catfish from Halfmoon Bay using mackerel.

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