Los Vaqueros Lake and Reports

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Sunday, November 24th, 2013

  • Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished with my son and a friend in cowboy cove Sunday afternoon. Caught our limit of trout (10) on Chartreuse power bait. 4# test with a 3ft leader was the key.

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

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    Water Temp: Upper 50s

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Cruised the bank casting for bass. I hooked two fish both around 22". Lake was at previous full pool . Good time to get out take some pics mark some structure build some too. I think a lot of the big linsiders have been harvested. Didnt see all the Asian fishermen as I did in the past, this and the fact that trolling for trout has improved tells me that the biguns numbers have dropped off considerably. There are signs that stripers are spawning in there too. Look for this fishery to improve a for a few years following the rise. I think there is better potential for this lake than the harvest everything you catch model at least a slot limit on the bass.

    Tips: Get out there catch some fish and release the bass.

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: My son managed a 4 lb. bass on a dropshot rig. He was fishing a limited edition "shad" pattern Roboworm from Outdoor Pro Shop. I landed a 15 lb. Striper on a Huddleston.
    City: Antioch

    Tips: To get into bass, we found fish very near the bank but where it dropped off quickly into deeper water. The shallow flats which surround this lake aren't producing yet...for bass! The stripers will move shallow if there is a chop on the water. We watched the stripers busting trout in shallow water in the middle of the day. Big swimbaits are working, but you must commit to throwing them quite a while.

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Is anyone gettin blacks or striper from this lake? I've tried swimbaitin in the past here with limited sucess. just curious how the bite is.
    City: W.C.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: If you aren't targeting stripers on the Brentwood side, you are missing out! "Punkers" off the points are the ticket at sunrise. After sun up, "trout" basstrix on a spintrix head fished slowly on the bottom gets the thumbs up! 3 fish from 6-13 lbs. for the day. You don't need a boat, but make the hike...a long hike...well worth it!
    City: Antioch

    Tips: Punkers and swimbaits off points that have deep water on at least 1 side....

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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    Water Temp: MARINA SHOW 68-

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing was awesome...topwater popper bite in early morning across the marina in about 5 feet of water...fish are coming off of 5-10 feet breaks....look for 5-10 feet drops from the shallows...all dead sticking for 3 plus seconds...be patient...caught a total of 4 fish on poppers, biggest 7.5 pound blackie...couple more missed blow ups...Fish are grouped up...
    Once the sun comes up, drop shot shad type worms...we were catching fish on prizm shad and morning dawn 4.5 inch worms...
    City: Fremont

    Tips: slow down...fish are in fall mode already!!! fish are shallow...

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 64

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Saw a few small males moving up but no luck....for Bass. Managed some very shallow Catfish, biggest was 16.64 lbs. on a "Redeye Shad".
    City: Antioch

    Tips: A couple more warm days, and we should see more fish up on beds.

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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    Water Temp: cold

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the north side and threw everything from dropshot to big swimbaits and jigs. Nothing going on. Thought I might find some fish on deeper points near coves but I couldn't get anything going. Had 1 peck on a football head jig but that was it for bass. I did manage 8 trout on 1/2 oz redeye shad...largest was 19" and the rest were the size of the Rago swimbait I was tossing.
    City: Antioch

    Tips: Need some consistent sunshine to get the fish thinking about moving up shallow. I will keep at it in between trips to Contra Loma where the bass have at least staged on areas just off spawning areas.

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 64 degrees surf

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished all day. Nice weather in the upper sixties. Caught 4 fish, biggest 4.3 pounds on shad colored tandem willow leak Terminator spinnerbait...fish were caught in 10-20 feet of water, letting spinnerbait sink to the bottom and ripping the spinnerbait back and forth...good luck
    City: Fremont

    Tips: fish fast and cover alot of water...

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out today and caught a 3.2 my brother got two to bites caught the first which was about 11'' and miss the other one.
    City: Concord

    Tips: Pumpkin green Senko

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Arrived early with slight wind. A little Striper activity on the surface. I was throwing a weedslinger off the points.Swimming it fast. managed to stick two Stripes but was i unable to keep the fish on. My line was a little light for these fish. I will upgrade my line and I will be back!
    City: Brentwood

    Tips: Swim the baits fast and hit every point. Keep your eye out for surface activity. get ready

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: 1st time to this lake went with my friend alejandro. on st on saturday i caught 4 bass 12 inaches to 13 inches. i was surprised they bite in cld water. my lake is alot warmer than this. my friend alejandro caught his first bass today on a roboworm 12.5 inches.i also caught a small trout all on wacky worm senkos. then on monday we went againg i got skunked but my friend alejandro caught 2 bass 1 pound and 2 pound he was bragging about it all day until his little brother caught a 12 in bass and a 3.2 pound bass. they are both just starting to bass fish and they already got some nice LUCKY fish.
    City: THA P

    Tips: senkos on bottom of the lake.

Monday, May 26th, 2008

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    Water Temp: ? shore fished

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: We went in from the brentwood side, My first trip to the lake. Started at the peir and worked our way west along the shore line. Fishing for bass the lake was down about 10' from full and there wasnt much stucture to speak of.We walked about three miles in and caught three fish total as wind made it difficult to make long casts. First lm was approx 1.5lbs on a football head and smoke hula grub second and third were caught on a six robo warmouth on a darthead. fished for all of six hours. 2nd fish went approx 4.5 and third went approx 5lbs.
    City: knightsen

    Tips: Go early n get out before it warms up in the afternoon. we saw four rattlers coming back through the rocky areas on the shoreline and wear bug repellent! total 5 ticks found crawling on pant legs. Im guessing fishing is a lot less risky in a boat but then again I hear the prices are pretty high!

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 67

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: First time night fishing at this lake. Warm night with wind gusts up to 20 mph. Some action on spinner baits, sank night crawlers, landed 3-pound largemouth @ 10pm then went home.
    City: Brentwood

    Tips: Los Vaqueros opens night fishing every other Saturday until 11pm. Bring battery-powered lantern or clip-on flashlight.

Friday, April 18th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 56

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Caught 6 on a carolina-rigged worm and one more on a jig. All fish were caught in 4-6 feet of water.Nothing of size but still made for a fun day.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: Patience, slow presentations.

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: First time on lake. Managed to get a 5lb. 2oz. bass on a black/brown 1/2 oz. jig with a green pumpkin craw trailer in the last 30 minutes to keep from getting blanked.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: As with most Nor-Cal lakes in January use slow presentations and be patient.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 50

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: One LM on a trout pattern swimbait, 2 large trout on Aroku Shad crawled along the bottom. Fished the arm where they plant the trout along what appears to be an old road bed. Bass went about 5+ lbs.
    City: Antioch

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: My buddy went fishing this morning for a couple of hours and caught two. They were pretty puny so he let one of them go. the second fish was about a pound. Since there hasn't been a report on this site for sooooooo long, I would suggest going to fishsniffer.com.
    City: Fremont

    Tips: Give reports, or go to fishsniffer.

Friday, June 29th, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Anyone have any luck here lately? I'm planning to head out tomorrow, and was wondering if anyone has had success with trout or catfish from shore.
    City: fremont

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

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    Water Temp: 60-70

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Ive been out here 9 or 10 times, but never really have fished for bass. This last trip, we decided to get a quick couple of trout, then fish for bass. After getting the trout, we entered a small cove on the east side of the lake. This cove had 2 large rocky walls and a stretch of weedbeds. We trolled by the wweedbed with a 4 inch swinbait for first pass and my dad nailed a huge largemouth!It weighed out at 5.3lbs on our digital scale. Released her, and trolled by again. Second pass, we caught another fish! This one weighed 4.12. We thought we'd catch em all day at that spot but thatb was it. So we got out of there and fished the rocky walls. I had a nice 1 up to the boat but it got off. Went down by sunken trees and caught 2. One was 1.21lbs the other was 2.58lbs. went by the rock wall and caught 1 more. It weighed 2.73lbs. All fish were caught with storm swimbaits ranging from 2 inches, to 4 inches.

    VERY GOOD FISHING. Only fished for 4.5 hours. My dad and i are trout fisherman, so I would think that a bass fisherman could have a field day out here!
    City: San Francisco

    Tips: Fish by rocky points and walls, sunken trees, and weedbeds. This is where we had such great luck. I hear peninsula cove is 1 of the best bass spots in the lake.