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Los Vaqueros Reservoir Fishing Report 10/12/11

General Conditions

Our water level is currently at 50% (the reservoir has been drawn down to this level to allow for the Dam expansion project). The last day for boat rentals and marina operations is Sunday October 9. Shoreline will continue to remain open for fishing. Stripers continue to provide the best fishing action. We will have some bait and tackle available at the entrance to the watershed.

Dam Expansion Updates & Closures

The North entrance to the reservoir continues to be closed and will remain closed into the spring of 2012 as expansion work on the dam continues.  At the south entrance to the watershed the Rockwall parking lot is now closed as well as fishing access west of Oak Point.  All access to the trails past the Rock Wall is also closed. These areas will remain closed indefinitely. This work is the preparation needed to relocate the marina facilities.

Boat are no longer being rented due to construction. Boat rentals will start back up in the spring of 2012.  The Marina building will also be closing on October 9.  Parking is limited to South Cove parking lot and the shoreline is only accessible via South Cove shoreline.

Shoreline fishing will continue to be available from Oak Point east to the South Cove. The South side of the reservoir will remain open for shore fishing and other recreational activities through most of the expansion period. Some bait and tackle will be available at the entrance to the reservoir. Please call (925) 371-2628 for specific up-to-date information.


Trout fishing continues slow. Most anglers are concentrating on striped bass. A few trout have been caught on nightcrawlers. Trout fishing should improve with cooling weather and water.

Largemouth Bass

There are not many anglers fishing for largemouth bass. The anglers that do target them continue to catch fish. Senkos are your best bet. Watermelon or purple are good colors.


We continue to see stripers every day although fishing continues to be an up and down affair. We see anywhere from 5 to 15 keeper stripers every day. Many shakers continue to be caught.  Anchovies continue to be your best choice for bait, shad will also take stripers. The average striper is between 6 and 12 lbs.

Remember striped bass must be 18 inches to keep. Please release them quickly and carefully.


No Salmon were reported last week.


Liver, anchovies and nightcrawlers will all take catfish. We appreciate catch and release of catfish over 20 lbs. There were several nice sized catfish caught from the shore last week.

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