I'd have to agree with Andre Koch. The small pond at Foothills is super pressured. Once the warmer weather starts, you'll get a lot of guys that live / work in the area start hitting the pond every day. Arastradero is less pressured and easier to catch fish, but it's a bit of a walk from the car. Also, because it is open to the public, it doesn't suffer the stigma of elitism, that is associated with Foothills. The small pond at Foothills is about the same size as West Lake in Santa Cruz, which is limited to children age 16 and younger. There are some bass and sunfish at Foothills pond. However, I think that the interest in it is primarily due to the mystique of the exclusivity.
Tom Stienstra rates it a 2 out of 10 in his book, California Fishing. ( http://tomstienstra.com/books/california-fishing/
) My edition is several years old, but I think that's what it rates Boronda. It's a fine lake and good times can be had there. But, I think that the truth is that it is a below average bass fishing lake that has a mystique of exclusivity. It has some fine scenery and wild animals. However, if the goal is to catch bass, it is a below mediocre lake. It's so much better to go to Calero and catch a bunch of bass.
I completely agree that it is deserving of praise for the fantastic scenery and wildlife, but I think that it's good to be realistic about how good of a bass fishery it is and not let the exclusive access make it seem better than reality. It's a small lake that is generally hugely pressured when the weather warms up. The invitation to take someone fishing there and someone asking about a boat with a motor just made me think that there's this inaccurate image that the lake is somehow better than it is, if only people had access to it. I don't want to make it seem like there is no fish there. Bass are in the lake. It is possible to catch bass. However, if you're going to drive a boat over and spend a weekend day at a lake, you may want to consider a lake where there's a higher probability of catching more bass.
Also, if people want to walk in to check out the park and lake, they can access it from Arastradero and assess the reality for themselves. You don't have to wait for a resident to "let you in". So, it's not that exclusive. Just go.
IMO, it is better for community spirit to talk about spots that are open to all. Foothills Park has a huge controversy around it due to the elitism associated with blocking all access to the park from anyone other than residents. I think that giving fishing reports from there is like stoking the tinderbox. At some point, it is bound to offend someone. If you do a Google search on Foothills Park or even look at the entry on Wikipedia, most of the information is going to be about the controversy around access.
I think that the author of the original post was simply sharing his fun trip to the park with no ego. However, I wanted to weigh in that for some readers, the background history of the controversy around access is going to strike a bitter chord that rings of elitism.
Have fun out there and get the best bass fishing wherever you can get it!