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Los Vaqueros Fishing Conditions
January 27, 2017


GENERAL CONDITIONS
Winter fishing is continuing with trout doing very well with over 16,000 pounds planted beginning in September.  We are still seeing striper and catfish being caught. The water level is currently at 131,000 acre feet. Pumping has started and is expected to continue through the month.  The water temperature is 58-59 degrees.  Our water clarity is improving.  Stripers have slowed although they continue to be caught both from shore and from boat and more and more trout are coming out from all over the reservoir.  If you are looking to rent a boat it is a good idea to call ahead to check current wind conditions. 

Don’t forget to purchase your 2017 Fishing License.  2017 Fishing Licenses are available at the Marina.  Bring your I.D. or an old fishing license.  There was no increase in prices this year. 

The 2017 Annual Parking Permits are now available at the Marina, North Kiosk, and Watershed Office.
The Interpretive Center is open from 9 to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Our November through February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM.
Beginning in February our half price boat days will become 30% off days.  A 3-5 hour 16’ rental will be $35.00 and a full day rental will be $50.00.  The patio boats will be $80.50 for up to 5 hours and $115.50 for a full day.

TROUT
Fishing for trout continues to be good even with the increased water temperature.  They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Peninsula Cove.  The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented powerbaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters.  Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs.  There was a 1000 pound Lassen plant on January 12th.  There will be a plant this week.  Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.  Trout fishing is good, especially in the morning, with limits being caught from around the reservoir and more fish being caught overall. 

With boats we are getting reports of fish being caught in Cowboy and Peninsula Coves.  From the shore, the most popular bait has been by garlic scented powerbaits followed by nightcrawlers and Kastmasters.  There is no need for line heavier than 6 lb test.  Fish are still coming out of South Cove and from past the Rock Wall.

LARGEMOUTH BASS
Most anglers were focused on stripers or trout.  Keep in mind that largemouth need to be 12 inches to be kept.  Please release any big largemouth bass you might catch.  They are the future of largemouth bass fishing in the reservoir.  If you catch any of undersized fish please release them gently and allow them to grow up.

STRIPERS
We are starting to see striper boils around the lake, mostly early in the morning and towards closing.  Shakers are the main action with striped bass.  We are still seeing many undersized fish being caught for every keeper.  A 19.49 pound striper was caught in South Cove using chicken liver.  From shore, cut anchovies or shad is the bait of choice.  Just a reminder, stripers need to be 18 inches or more to be legal.  Please release the small fish as quickly and carefully as possible.  They are the future of our striped bass fishery.

CATFISH
Catfish are hit or miss with fish being reported out of Cowboy and South Coves.  As the water warms we look to see more fish being caught.  For those wishing to target catfish, nightcrawlers and chicken liver are the best choices of bait.  An 18.96 pound cat was caught off of the Marina fishing pier using anchovies.  We encourage and appreciate the release of any monster catfish (15 lbs plus).

GENERAL
Whopper Mug rules are: Trout now must be 8 pounds to receive a mug, Striped Bass need to be at least 10 pounds and Catfish is at 12 pounds or more.  Largemouth Bass remains at 5 pound and must be released.  ONLY a photo with a scale or a measuring tape showing the fish being at least 18” will count.
2017 Fishing Licenses are available at the Marina.  Don’t take the risk of being caught without one.  There was no increase in prices this year. 

Our November through February hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM with boats due in by 3:00 PM.
Beginning in February our half price boat days will become 30% off days.  A 3-5 hour 16’ rental will be $35.00 and a full day rental will be $50.00.  The patio boats will be $80.50 for up to 5 hours and $115.50 for a full day.

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