CASTRO VALLEY = Francisco Escobar of Castro Valley carefully caught and released a 2.34 lb crappie at Lake Chabot, a new lake record, today, August 16. He landed the fish while fishing a lure near tules.
The most consistent fishing available now is for largemouth bass and channel catfish, reported Dominic Cotroneo of the Lake Chabot Marina and Café.
“Boaters are catching and releasing good numbers of bass,” he stated. “Anglers are hooking smaller sub-legal bass while throwing out Kastmasters and spinners. They’re catching better fish in the 2 to 3 pound range while using Senkos. The best area changes daily; today it is Half Moon Bay.”
If you want to hook feisty channel catfish, Cotroneo recommended fishing mackerel from shore and boat in Honker Bay. For example, one fisherman landed three cats weighing 7, 7 and 3 pounds while soaking mackerel in Honker Bay.
The park district is still stocking catfish, but will begin planting rainbow trout when the water cools down next month. The lake is 100 percent full.
Tucked away in Castro Valley, Lake Chabot is only 30 minutes away from San Francisco. This scenic destination boasts over a dozen hiking and biking trails, trophy sized fish, boat rentals, bay area kayak tours and a picturesque eating area at the cafe – a great place to cool down and refuel after a fun-filled day.