Trout provide the most action and are planted regularly. Trout ranging from 6 inches to 8 pounds are taken from the lake year-round. Anglers working very deep take trout during the summer months. Favorite baits include salmon eggs, nightcrawlers and cheese. The dam area and creek channel are the two top producers. Where the creek enters the south end of the lake is very productive in April, May and June. Trollers score on a variety of lures including Kastmasters, Panther Martins and Roostertails.
Trolling flashers are optional. Bass go for rubber worms, crankbaits and crickets. A Rapala or Rebel is also often effective on bass, and sometimes works well on the trout population. Catfish can provide anglers with steady action if you can locate them. Nightcrawlers, red worms, clams and stinkbaits all work well. Usually anglers who find a school of catfish will catch a stringer full. Big striped bass surprise anglers from time to time. Although not common, they do cruise the Del Valle waters. Most are taken by fishermen working for trout or bass.
Del Valle Lake Facts
Del Valle Lake is in the Del Valle Regional Park, 10 miles south of Livermore.
The lake has almost 1000 surface acres of water and about 16 miles of shoreline.
There is an active planting program. Species include trout, largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill and striped bass.
The lake itself has two swimming beaches, four lane boat ramp, tour boats and rental boats. Del Valle Regional Park, at 3445 acres, has picnicking, camping, hiking trails and an equestrian center.
Del Valle Co., 6999 Del Valle Rd., Livermore, CA 94550, (510) 373-0332; East Bay Regional Parks, 7000 Del Valle Rd., Livermore, CA 94550, (510)881-1833