Summer's warmth and long daylight hours send a call to enjoy the outdoors.
One activity that's open to anglers, experienced or novices, is lakeside and bayside fishing at an East Bay Regional Park. The park district boasts 11 lakes and reservoirs and more than 25 miles of Bay and Delta shoreline and piers, all ready to help you idle away a few hours, line taut and just waiting for a hungry trout, catfish or bass to take the bait.
The district regularly stocks rainbow trout and channel catfish in several lakes and reservoirs, including Lake Temescal, Contra Loma, Shadow Cliffs, Del Valle and Lake Chabot. At the same time, it strives to provide growth and reproduction habitat for native game fish species, such as largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, sunfish and crappie.
For would-be anglers, the district offers programs that teach basic rigging, casting, knot tying and gear selection for bass at Contra Loma and catfish at Del Valle. For those who wish to learn to create loops in the sky, an introduction to fly fishing class offers instruction with a certified fly-casting instructor at Tilden Park. A district fishing access permit is required at several parks, and those 16 and older must hold a California fishing license.
Shore fishing is the order of the day at Tilden Park's Lake Anza, Oakland's Lake Temescal and Alameda's Crown Memorial State Beach. Lake Anza's nine acres is open to fishing year-round and is home to resident
At Castro Valley's Lake Chabot, Pleasanton's Shadow Cliffs, Antioch's Contra Loma and Livermore's Del Valle fishing options include shore and boat fishing. At 315-acre Lake Chabot reservoir, trout fishing has been steady from the shoreline, along with trolling and drift-fishing for catfish, trophy-sized bass, bluegill, crappie and sunfish, using night crawlers and anchovies. This park has rental boats as well as camp sites for a longer stay.
Shadow Cliffs is an 80-acre quarry lake with year-round clear-water fishing for trout, catfish, bass, bluegill, sunfish and crappie. Anglers have brought in good-sized trout from the dock, fishing from float tubes and from boats. Night crawlers, Power Bait, eggs and worms are bringing in trout at Contra Loma's 71-acre reservoir. Black bass fishing is good anywhere on the lake using artificial lures.
Del Valle boasts a 750-acre reservoir that offers rental boats and a campground. Trout are being caught in large numbers on Power Bait; stripped bass with anchovies and lures, and large-size catfish with night crawlers. This reservoir is also home to inland chinook salmon, bluegill, sunfish and large- and smallmouth bass.
So, get out the calendar and pencil in some time to visit one of the parks described below. Check each site's regulations for a State Fishing License or District fishing access permit, then gather your rod, reel, bait or lures, and take advantage of some of the Regional Park's great outdoor resources.
East Bay Regional Park District Fishing: visit www.ebparks.org/activities/fishing.
Angler's Edge, the district's fishing newsletter is online www.ebparks.org/activities/fishing/anglersedge.
District fishing access permits are required at Temescal, Lake Chabot, Shadow Cliffs, Contra Loma and Del Valle. Permits are $5 a day and can be bought from most kiosks and lakeside dispensers. For information visit www.ebparks.org/activities/permits#fishing.
For fishing program information visit: https://online.activenetwork.com/EBParks/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp.
For individual park information visit www.ebparks.org.
Tilden Park: entrances off Wildcat Canyon Road and Grizzly Peak Boulevard, Berkeley, 510-544-2747.
Temescal Regional Recreation Area: 6502 Broadway Terrace, Oakland, 510-652-1155.
Crown Memorial State Beach: Westline and Otis drives, Alameda, 510-521-7090. Crab Cove Visitor Center: 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, 510-544-3187.
Lake Chabot Regional Park: 17600 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley, 510-247-2526.
Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area: 2500 Stanley Rd., Pleasanton, 510-544-3230.
Del Valle Regional Park: 7000 Del Valle Rd., Livermore, 888-327-2757.