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Warm water has cats, stripers biting at Del Valle

WON Staff Writer
Published: Aug 04, 2017
LIVERMORE — With water temperatures holding near 80 degrees, catfish and stripers are biting well at Lake Del Valle.

Recent plants from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms have given the catfish action a boost. The lake was planted with 750 pounds of catfish last week, and will get another 750 pounds next week.




STRIPERS WARM UP — As the waters warm up at Lake Del Valle, so does the striped bass action, and Jeff Sinn caught these two at Hetch Hetchy. The largest weighed 4 pounds. 

“Catfish have been showing up more and more as each week passes,” said Cody McGarry of Lake Del Valle Marina. “Most anglers are using anchovies and mackerel. I would also recommend using nightcrawlers. Fish around fallen trees and weed beds.” A 9-pound catfish was weighed in at the marina last week.

Stripers are biting well. “The hot bite this week has been stripers,” McGarry said. “For stripers, most anglers have been using either anchovies, chicken liver or sardines. I would recommend fishing around rocky points. If you like to throw lures, I would try jerk baits, spoons or a swim jig.” Jeffrey Osorio of Los Angeles caught a 4.5-pound striper last week on bait.

Fishing for trout is very slow, but some bass are being caught. “For largemouth and smallmouth bass, fish with Senkos, robo worms, crankbaits and even smaller spinners,” McGarry said. “Most anglers are catching them in coves, around tulle patches and rocky points.”


WHISKERFISH FUN — “Husien” and “Jonathan” of Berkeley headed over to Lake Del Valle where they fished the bottom and caught a catfish that weighed 9 pounds.

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