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Have you ever wanted to take kids fishing but not known where to go? In this essay I will tell you the best four freshwater places to fish in the East Bay. The best places to fish for beginners in the East Bay are the Lafayette Reservoir, San Pablo Reservoir, Lake Temescal and finally Lake Chabot.
San Pablo Reservoir is at the bottom of my list. Though it is still the fourth best, it lacks the smaller, easier fish to catch. But, the main reason it made the top four is because of easy access, pretty location, and it takes almost no effort to get a line in the water, near the dock. This is a great fishing place for bigger fish, (2-3 pounds) and nice walks around the lake. If you are looking for fish to eat, this is the place. Green hills around the lake give the trout high quality water to live in, which makes them good for eating. I would go to this lake after you build up a little experience. If you are wondering what kind of fish are in San Pablo, it is mainly trout, though I have caught bass there. There are some bluegill, which are small fish, and catfish are rare but still catchable. Those are the reasons why I would go to San Pablo Reservoir.
Lafayette Reservoir is the third best fishing place on my list. Mainly because it is the best place out of all four to catch fish. It has the perfect mix of bigger and smaller fish. It would be first, but it is the hardest out of all four places to access. If you are looking to catch small fish, this is a great place. In the shallow water around the docks, bluegill are plentiful and easy to catch with simply a worm. If you are looking to catch bigger fish, it is also very good. One of the best features of the lake is that it has a paved path that goes all the way around the lake. If you are looking to catch fish to eat, this is a great place. The trout are red-meat, the better of the two types, just as San Pablo’s trout are. The fish in this reservoir are trout, bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie. That is why I would go to Lafayette Reservoir.
Number two on my countdown is Lake Temescal. This is by far the best place to take first-time fishermen. It has easy access, with two parking lots and a trail around the lake. This is the easiest place out of all of them to catch small fish. Personally I have caught hundreds of bluegill and redear sunfish out this lake. The smaller fish are very easy to catch and will bite just about anything, from worms to bare hooks, to a small piece of rubber. If you are looking to catch trout this is an average place to go. This place would be first for solely small fish, but it has horrible water quality. The water turns poisonous at least twice a year these days with blue green algae, and now it is currently treated in an attempt to clean the water. If you are looking to eat fish, this is not the place; the trout are low quality and white meat (the worse of the two types). The trout are also swimming in Montclair’s sewage, so they do not taste too good. If you are looking for easy fish to catch go to Lake Temescal.
Finally, the number one freshwater place to fish in the East Bay is Lake Chabot. For one reason mainly, easy access and ability to get to a fishing spot, followed up by good fishing and a variety of fish to catch. It has the small fish that Temescal has, but also the bigger fish of San Pablo. It has the red meat trout of Lafayette. It does not have anything great, but it has a combination of the best parts of every lake. The fish in Lake Chabot are bluegill, bass, trout and catfish. If you are looking for a combination of the best parts of the places above, go to Lake Chabot.
Those are, in my opinion, the best four freshwater places in the East Bay for beginner fisherman. After you have gone out and tried these places, maybe you can rank them yourself.
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