2017 Lake Del Valle Fishing Map, Fishing Report
Fishing Map of Lake Del Valle
About Lake Del Valle
Del Valle: Trout in the country, and just over the hill from the teeming metropolis, you can nail a limit when you hit the right spots and soak the right bait. The easiest and quickest way to ﬁll a stringer at Lake Del Valle is a no-brainer :
Regardless if the lake is receiving plants close to the city by the DFG or lake concessionaires, trout are slid into the lake at the ramp. With weekly stockings, your best bet will almost always be right in this area.
Boaters will launch and anchor a couple of casts from the docks, and bankees will work the zones to both sides. You may want to hoof it or cruise further.
You won’t ﬁnd any annoying Jet Skis r or Waterskiers here. Del Valle is mostly a ﬁshing lake. At 7 miles long, it can take a While to get to the dam since a 10 mph speed limit is in effect, but this is also what makes the lake such a pleasant place to visit.
Whilst you wet a line at Lake Del Valle, you’1l see a lot of wildlife roaming the banks and the sky. Keep an eye peeled for bobcat, turkey, deer and even a mountain lion or nesting bald eagles. Be sure you’ve got your other eye on your rod tip though.
May will see the best trout action of the year at this lake, and when your looking for multiple bent rods, this is the place to be. There are a number of species ﬁnning their way about Lake Del Valle, but Trout run from 10-inch catchable size to incredible monsters at over 17 pounds. Your ﬁsh will average 1 to 3 pounds on the norm, but you could be one of the few and the proud to land a double-digit critter.
The Narrows just a couple of hundred yards north of the ramp are a sweet spot, and they produce their share of trophies and hordes of basic trout.
This is a chokepoint — ﬁsh headed for the far reaches of the lake have to pass through here, and since it’s narrow, they become concentrated. Shore bound ﬁshers often soak baits on one rod and ﬂing lures with the other in the Narrows, troller to pass through drag an offering.
Other parts of the lake can be good too. Don’t give up if the Ramp and the Narrows provide you with no joy. Try Swallow Bay, Heron Bay, and the Dam if youv’e got a boat, and from shore he sure to check-out the points and coves near Hetch Hetchy and Venados campsites. The shoreline between the ramp and Hetch Hetchy camp is also good.
With May and the approach of Summer,Surface temps are rising, and the trout will be headed deeper to water with a 55 to 57 degree window. Odds are that you’ll need to work 15 to 25 feet deep to get your ﬁsh. For trollers, it’s simple to add some weight inline or use a downrigger, but bankkees will need to use lightline, long rods, and heavy weights to get to the depth required.
Something to think about when fishing from the shore: Steep banks usually indicate deep water near shore, and a gradual slope nonnally offers the shallower stuff.
Some of the best lures are Needleﬁsh, Triple Teasers, Rainbow Raiders, Lucky Nites, Kastmasters, Cripplures and Rapalas. The best lure colors change from season to season, from day to day and even during the day. Start with colors like gold, silver, red/white or chartreuse, and change lures often until you ﬁnd one that is getting hit.
You should also load up on trolling gear: Fishing dodgers and ﬂashers. Go with bright pattems on a dark day and dark colors on a bright day. Behind the hardware, pull spoons or a hunk of a fat crawler.
\BEST BAITS: Fishing Del Valle with baits will do the job, and the best stuff is the nightcrawler, and of course Power Bait. Waters should still be a bit murky with runoff; go with bright colors and sparkles with the manufactured offerings, and soak your live worms in bait scents. Movement can also be important, don't just let the bait sit, move it a tad now and then. Sometimes pulling in your offering very slowly will produce heart-attack strikes.
Few anglers use crickets, live minnows, or cheeseand tuna balls these days; they could be your ticket.
Location: Lake Del Valle on Mines Road near Llvermore, in the lower reaches of the Diablo Mountain Range. Size: The lake has 750 surface acres and 16 miles
of shoreline at an elevation of 700 feet. Species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass, catﬁsh, panﬁsh, and rainbow trout.
Records: The record trout weighed 17 pounds, 7.5 ounces The largest striped bass weighed in at 40 pounds and the largest black bass weighed 14 pounds, 8 ounces. A 30 pound catﬁsh is the largest of that species.
Facilities: Del Valle has a four-lane boat launch ramp with docks, camping for tents and RV's with water hook-ups and disposal station, picnic areas, swimming beaches, equestrian trails, hiking, nature observation and visitors center, as well as snack shop, tackle shop, campground store, and boat rentals.
Entry and parking fees are $5 per vehicle. Boat launching costs $5. Rental boats: Aluminum ﬁshing boats with trolling motors.
More Info: Contact: For more information on ﬁshing Lake Del Valle, call Del Valle Regional Park (925 373 0332), Lake Del Valle Marina (925 449 5201),
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