Calif. anglers delighted over Los Vaqueros Reservoir reopening

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Brentwood, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Anglers now have the chance to quench their thirst for some fishing action with the reopening of the Los Vaqueros Reservoir south side last Oct. 15, together with a relocated marina, new boat docks, fishing piers and hiking trails.

The reservoir, which can previously hold 100,000 acre-feet of water, was closed for a year to expand and enhance the facilities. Now, it can accommodate up to 160,000 acre-feet of water.

“It is beautiful,” Danville resident Barry Zorpahl said. “They need to put more fish in the lake, but it is going to take some time to get it well populated. People are waiting to see what is happening with the lake.”

The reservoir staff had planted 8,400 pounds of fish in the past six weeks but Zorpahl said it will take time for the fish to become accustomed to the new terrain and set up bedding areas.

Aside from the renovation, the Contra Costa Water District property near Brentwood and Byron off Vasco Road recently updated its fleet for boat rentals.

“During construction to expand the reservoir, fishing remained available along the shoreline and proved to be very popular. But now we can offer much more, and we’re pleased to see boats back in the water,” Contra Costa Water District board President Joe Campbell said.

District officials said 75 percent of people who frequent Los Vaqueros are anglers but the spot is also a favorite hiking and picnic destination, On weekends, concessions manager Chris Senti said that there are about 200 users.

“It is a nice fishery,” Senti said. “Although we have been planting fish, they spread out pretty fast.”

Jennifer Allen, director of public affairs, noted that the picnic area is larger, and there is more shade and shelter from the elements. “It is a much better layout now,” she said.

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