Wildlife, New Otter Babies, Fishing, and Fun at Hidden Lakes

Wildlife, New Otter Babies, Fishing, and Fun at Hidden Lakes in Martinez


Well new life has sprung up at Hidden Lakes recently. The
Department of Fish and Game have restocked the pond with BIG trout! I
personally saw at least 3, 3 pound trout being pulled out of the lake along
with many other good sized fish. It has been a busy fishing hole since just
before Christmas. Recently they have been biting on worms.

New otter babies are out! I can not guess how old they are
but there are two. They tend to be out in the AM around 7:30ish at the North
West end of the lake. Bring your camera and be on the ready. They with their
mom or dad are quick and curious. The otters are also fishing and feasting on
the newly stocked lake. I saw one of the adults take out a big fish and took it
back home to eat. During the day usually only one adult is out checking out all
the fishing action that the humans are doing.

Quite a few birds have been stopping by the lake recently
too. Ducks, Goose, Loons, Cranes, etc. I need to bring a bird book along to
identify them all. Turtles are coming out to warm up too on the logs in the
lake.  Also hiking all over the little
trails right now is a great way to capture the hills beauty. Everything is very
green and growing. Make sure to bring a good pair of walking shoes or boots
because the trails are slick and muddy from all the rain. 

The only down side to this all is the amount of litter that
is being left in and around the lake. I think it is mostly from people who just don’t
care that they are hurting this very nice lake. Polluting this lake with all
this trash bottles, cans, paper, left over fishing stuff, will hurt the ecology
of the lake. I hope people will take heed to my words and pick up their trash.
I am seeing a lot of it in the lake and hope to organize a lake clean up some
day soon. I know we would need a boat to get to the hard to reach places but it
will be well worth it.

Enjoy the lake and park!   

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Melinda P. January 05, 2013 at 06:19 AM
Thanks for posting pics!
Linda Meza January 05, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Wild Birds Unlimited on Contra Costa is the place to go for budding birders. My children and I found the store after we moved up from L.A. and we watched woodpecker on the liquidambar outside our bedroom window. The bird pictured is a Great Blue Heron, a prolific fisherman. We'd often take the canal trail from PH to MTZ and poke around Hidden Lakes. That's where my son would turn over rocks and find all sorts've interesting things like scorpions :).
Jason Parks January 06, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Linda, My kids and I have named the Heron "Kevin" in honor of the movie UP. He is always there at the lake. Thanks!


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