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Los Vaqueros trout, stripers biting, catfish cruising

Written BY Andy Martin
WON Staff Writer
Published: Jun 08, 2017
LIVERMORE — Trout and striped bass continue to bite well at Los Vaqueros Reservoir, where a few nice catfish also are showing up in the catch.

The water temperature cooled last week and was down to 63 degrees on Sunday. It was 67 degrees the week before. The lake remained at 95.5 percent full over the weekend.




COX COVE ’BOW — Mark Martin of Fremont holds a 6.8-pound rainbow he caught May 23 at Los Vaqueros Reservoir. He was fishing a Rapala in Cox Cove.

Brian DeMunnick, the manager of Los Vaqueros Marina, said trout remains the best bet. “Limits are still being brought in, although not everyone is getting limits,” DeMunnick said. “Everyone is getting at least something. There are lots of 2- to 3-pounders. We are seeing some good-size trout.”

Trout fishing got a boost last week when Mt. Lassen Trout Farms planted 2,000 pounds of rainbows on Thursday. Trout plants will continue as long as the water temperature remains under 70 degrees.

Windy weather last week, along with cool nights helped bring the water temperature down, DeMunnick said.

Kyle Galloway of Placerville caught a 6.8-pound rainbow June 4 on a nightcrawler in South Cove. Miguel Santillian of San Jose used a Kastmaster to catch a 6.42-pound rainbow June 1 in South Cove.

Striper fishing is still decent, with a lot of shakers, and some small keepers. There also are some bigger fish being caught.

Rene Cortez of San Jose caught a 10.23-pound striper May 29 on an anchovy at Oak Point, near the marina. “There are still a lot of shakers,” DeMunnick said. “They are still mainly hitting bait. There is still not much topwater action.” DeMunnick said he has seen several keepers in the 19-inch range, as well as an occasional larger fish. Cut anchovies are working well near the marina.

A few catfish were caught, although action has been slower since the lake level increased last month. Fishing for bass and bluegill has been slow.

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