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Stripers biting well at Lake Del Valle

BY ANDY MARTIN
WON Staff Writer
Published: Jul 20, 2017
LIVERMORE — Stripers are biting well at Lake Del Valle, where a few catfish also are now showing up the catch. Trout fishing, meanwhile, is slow because of water temperatures in the low 80s.

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WARM WATER ACTION — Both catfish and stripers are on the bite at Lake Del Valle, where Juan Rivera and friend caught four stripers and a catfish, with a stringer that weighed 22 pounds total.

“Striped bass have been the hot bite this week, with many anglers having luck out on the water,” said Cody McGarry of Lake Del Valle Marina. “Most anglers have been catching them on bait, either anchovies, mackerel or sardines. If you target them, look for sandy beaches and cover in the water. Stripers have been sitting in 20 feet of water or less.”

Some nice stringers of stripers have been weighed in at the marina. Saul Chavez and a friend brought in a stringer of four stripers that weighed 15 pounds. Juan Rivera and Saul Rivera of San Jose brought in four stripers and a catfish, for a total stringer of 22 pounds.

“Catfish have been starting to show up more often this week, with a couple of anglers coming back with fish,” McGarry said. “ Most anglers are using anchovies or nightcrawlers. You can also get them on mackerel. I would recommend fishing around the weedbeds and tule patches.”

Miguel Del Rio of Rancho caught a 5.5-pound catfish on bait.

The lake was planted with 1,000 pounds of catfish last week. The latest plant follows 1,500 pounds in late June and early July.

Anglers also are catching bass. “Black bass have been a really good bite. Most anglers are using either 4- or 6-inch Senkos and crankbaits. I would also try using swim jigs and small topwater lures,” McGarry said.

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