San Pablo Dam’s winter closure ends Friday and the lake will be open to fishing at 6:30 a.m.
The much-anticipated event typically draws hundreds of anglers and conditions should be right to bring success to many.
The lake, located in El Sobrante, is being stocked this week in anticipation of the opener. The California Department of Fish & Wildlife put in 2,000 pounds Monday morning and the Mount Lassen Hatchery on Wednesday will deliver 3,500 pounds of catchable fish and an additional 1,000 pounds of trophy trout.
Those plants will join what should be a robust population of holdover trout. Last fall, catfish plants stopped in September and trout were planted weekly up to the closing week.
Fishing conditions should be very good. There is two feet of visibility. Predicted rain for Thursday and Friday shouldn’t muddy the water.
Water temperature is 51 degrees. Expect the bite to improve as the water warms.
Trout aren’t the only fish worth pursuing. There is a growing population of spotted bass as well as largemouth bass. Crappie also can provide good action. Catfish are planted during the summer and there should be plenty of holdovers.
Entrance fee is $7 and daily fishing fee is $5. Annual passes will go on sale Thursday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $91. Seniors and disabled get a 50% discount. A California state fishing license is required.
Information: (510) 223-1661.