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Hot trout action continues at Los Vaqueros

Published: Jan 05, 2018
LIVERMORE — Trout anglers continue to catch limits at Los Vaqueros Reservoir, where the size of the rainbows has been increasing in recent weeks.

“Trout are doing great,” said Brian DeMunnick, the manager of Los Vaqueros Marina. “We are seeing a lot of limits and a lot bigger fish. The 4 to 5 pounders are becoming more common.”

LOS VAQUEROS RESERVOIR produced this beautiful 12.45-pound rainbow for Hector Valera of Brentwood on Dec. 19 while he was using Power Bait in South Cove at the lake.


The reservoir is 93-percent full, with a temperature of 58 degrees.

The lake was planted with 2,000 pounds of rainbows the week before Christmas and got another 1,000 pounds last week from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms. Another 1,000 pounds will be planted this week. The water is clear, and wind was minimal last week.

“We are seeing trout in the usual places, such as South Cove and Cowboy Cove,” DeMunnick said. “The fish are only 15 to 20 feet offshore in 5 to 10 feet of water.” Bank anglers are tossing Rooster Tail spinners or Kastmaster spoons, or soaking Power Bait. Some anglers also are floating single Pautzke salmon eggs off the bottom with a marshmallow.

“Boaters are doing well trolling,” DeMunnick said. Small Rapala plugs have been working well. Some anglers also are trolling Rooster Tails, or small FlatFish plugs. Aturo Simental of Patterson caught a 6.35-pound rainbow last week on Power Bait while fishing in South Cove.

Cut anchovies are producing small stripers near the marina, with a few keepers. “Striper fishing is about the same as last week,” DeMunnick said. “We are still seeing some guys getting a keeper or two and a lot of shakers.”

Fishing for catfish has been surprisingly good, with chicken liver, nightcrawlers and cut anchovies all working well. South Cove, the marina and Cowboy Cove are good spots for catfish. “We are seeing a lot of catfish and a lot of 5- to 6-pound catfish,” DeMunnick said.

EAST END TROUT — Bill Scott of Alameda was fishing the east end of Los Vaqueros Reservoir using Mice Tails and garlic spray using 6-pound test fluorocarbon when he latched into this big 7-pound rainbow.
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