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Big trout turn on at Lake Chabot

Published: Dec 20, 2017
CASTRO VALLEY — Some of the best trout fishing so far this season is taking place at Lake Chabot, where rainbows up to 7 pounds are being weighed in at the marina.

“Trout fishing has been good,” said Charlie Shonenberger of Lake Chabot Marina. “Catfishing has slowed down. So has bass.” Trout are now being planted frequently, fueling the hot action for trout. “We are getting weekly dumps,” Schonenberger said.


BAY AREA TROUT — Hubert Punto of San Leandro holds a limit of trout he caught Dec. 5 while fishing at Raccoon Point at Lake Chabot. He was using Power Bait.

Fishing pressure has been relatively light as cold weather arrives in the Bay Area. Those who are coming to the lake are catching trout on Power Bait, Power Eggs, Mice Tails, single salmon eggs floated off the bottom with a marshmallow, Rooster Tail spinners, Kastmasters and small Rapalas.

Shore fishing has been best near Raccoon Point. Uriel Lopez of Antioch caught a 7.5-pound rainbow on Power Bait in Indian Cove and Gary Wong of Fremont used Power Bait to catch a 5.75-pound rainbow at Raccoon Point. “The boaters are doing okay trolling opposite of Raccoon Point,” Shonenberger said. 

While bass fishing has been slow, there are plenty of 1- to 2-pound fish being caught at Raccoon Point, Alder Point, and the island. Senkos has been working best.

The best area for catfish has been near Raccoon Point. Mackerel cut into 2-inch chunks, chicken liver or cut anchovies are catching a few fish. Although fishing for catfish has slowed, some of the biggest fish of the season are caught during the winter months.

The lake is down about 6 feet.

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