The heat has picked back up into the high 90s and is estimated to reach over 100 this weekend. The water temp is still a wonderful 75 degrees on the surface, perfect for swimming and relaxing in the water. Fishing was slow but not dead this week. Catfish are starting to show up in Heron Bay and by the Dam. Jerkbaits are starting to pull fish on the points where the fish are staging waiting to ambush prey. Baby shad are coming up to the surface but, the stripes are not boiling on them yet surprisingly.
Coming up here in the fall the stripers will be easiest to spot and catch as they breach the surface chasing shad. Little jerkbaits and topwater baits such as spooks, popper, pencil poppers and wake baits will produce major fish in the fall and winter months. Largemouth and smallmouth will come on the bite in lake summer into the fall as well and can be caught on alot of the same baits as the stripes.
The only thing I would do different is throw a frog on the weed mats for largies! Just a heads up to all the hikers and the bank fisherman whom like walking down the east side trail, I will be closed shortly due to construction so come up and fish while you can! Boat rentals will still be available through all phases of the construction project. Good luck to all of you on your search for THE BIG ONE!
For more information on Lake Del Valle, call(925) 449-5201.