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Lake Del Valle anglers focusing on stripers

WON Staff Writer
Published: Jun 21, 2017
LIVERMORE — As fishing for trout continues to slow at Lake Del Valle, anglers are now concentrating on stripers, as well as recently planted catfish. The first catfish plant of the season took place on June 7, when 750 pound of cats were released.

DUO CATCH — Susan Rodriguez of Hollister caught two fish while fishing at Lake Del Valle in the Narrows, one rainbow and what was reported as a crappie, but it appears to be a large warmouth bass, based on the colored gill flap and eyes. The two fish weighed 3.15 pounds.

“If you target catfish, look for either tule patches or fallen trees,” said Cody McGarry of Lake Del Valle Marina. “Bets baits to use would be chicken liver, anchovies or sardines.”


Stripers are getting the most attention, and fishing should get better with the recent hot weather. “Stripers have started heating up with many anglers having luck fishing in the upper Narrows and out at the dam,” McGarry said. “Most anglers have been catching them on either anchovies or mackerel. You might also be able to catch them on either a Hair Raiser or a chatterbait.”


Dr. Al Hurwitz said he has been catching smallmouth bass while trolling Rapalas, as well as spinners. The bass are being caught 15 feet below the surface in 20 to 25 feet of water near the shore opposite Swallow Bay.


Nando Alegre of East Palo Alto caught a 2-pound lightning trout at the Narrows.


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