What makes Lake Chabot one of the best-kept secrets in the Bay Area?
Tucked away in the suburb of Castro Valley, Lake Chabot is only 30 minutes away from San Francisco. This scenic destination boasts over a dozen hiking and biking trails, trophy sized fish, boat rentals, bay area kayak tours and a picturesque eating area at the surprisingly delicious cafe – the perfect place to cool down and refuel after a fun-filled day.
2017 Lake Record: Black Crappie
A record black crappie for Lake Chabot, weighing 2.34 lbs., was caught mid-morning on Wednesday (Aug. 16, 2017) by Francisco Escobar of Castro Valley.
Escobar had rented a boat and was fishing between Coots Landing and Alder Point, using an undisclosed lure. After catching the record fish, he released it back into the lake.
The previous record, set in 1989 by Tony Ornelas, was 2.13 lbs.
2016 Lake Record: Largemouth Bass
On October 28, 2016, Ryan Reynolds of San Mateo caught and carefully released this huge 19 lbs. largemouth bass using a jig near Alder Point!! He easily beat our old lake record by two pounds. This is one of the biggest bass caught here at Lake Chabot in over 14 years. Our previous lake record is held by Louis Vasquez from 2002 for a bass weighing in at 17 lbs.
This is some of the best bass fishing we’ve seen. Bass fishing has been steady for the last several weeks with some bass anglers catching and releasing good numbers.
Come and fish Lake Chabot today!
Lake Chabot Cafe – Featuring tasty cuisine from Chef de Partie Bettyann!
The cafe has made to order food that’s fresh and unique. Try our famous Skippy Burger (yes, peanut butter on a burger!) or Bettyann’s breakfast burrito. You can also find chicken sandwiches, cheeseburgers, made to order sandwiches, smoothies, ice cream, and freshly baked cookies. We also provide box lunches to go. Click here to pre-order your Lake Chabot box lunch. (Select calendar date first).
Not hungry? Run over to the Fitness Zone, a modern exercise playground to burn some calories. Or take a kayak tour around the lake. It’s led by a Certified Kayak Instructor and no experience or equipment is necessary. Life jackets, kayaks, and paddles will be provided. Click here for more information.
Lake Chabot is very popular with anglers, families, kids, hikers, runners, seniors, mommy stroller groups, kayak enthusiasts, and dog owners.
What makes this place so special?
Is it the family of deer, the hummingbirds, being able to walk to the local dam or the honeypot lake… we don’t know for sure. However, once you visit, you will know exactly why some are keeping this place a secret all to themselves.
Lake Chabot won 7th place in America’s Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat & Fish by TakeMeFishing.org.
Star Struck: If you think the person next to you looks familiar, you are probably right. Lake Chabot is often visited by local celebrities and athletes.