NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: This week’s municipal or private plants include the following. Lake Wohlford received 3,000 pounds of rainbows Wednesday last week and is slated to get another 1,500 pounds this week. There were 9,000 pounds planted the weeks before these two stocks. Dixon Lake is scheduled to get 1,500 pounds of trout this week , and it received 1,500 last week. Those fish were added to the 7,500 pounds planted in previous weeks. Lake Jennings also had 1,500-pound plants this week and last week, and it had 4,500 pounds planted earlier this season. Poway will be getting 1,500 pounds of trout this week. It has been planted with 6,000 pounds prior to this week. Lake Cuyamaca will get a 1,200-pound plant of Jess Ranch rainbows this week. Morena will receive private plants of trout Jan. 23, Feb. 20, and March 6.
The state DFW is scheduled to plant Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Murray, Lindo Lake and Morena Reservoir this week. Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lindo Lake and Morena Reservoir were planted two weeks ago.
FISHING UPDATE: Rain has put a damper on fishing all across the county, and some waters have turned murky. That said, trout action is still pretty fair with some good bites. Top bets this week are Wohlford, Dixon, Jennings, Cuyamaca and Poway. The best action is always within the first few days after a plant, but most of the lakes have pretty good holdover populations now, provided decent action throughout the week. The bass action has been slow to fair at most waters. Lower Otay, San Vicente and El Capitan remain decent bets for bass, with most of the fish showing in deep water on shiners, plastics, and jigs, but the cool weather has continued to slow all the bite. The panfish bites are really slowing down, but some quality bluegill continue to come from Murray on red worms off the fishing pier, and Lower Otay has continued to produce a number of crappie in a sleeper bite.
FISH COUNTS: El Capitan had 16 anglers checked and they landed 46 bass. There were 15 anglers check at Miramar and they landed 43 bass to 4-10 and one channel catfish at 6-8. Lower Otay had 60 who reported 249 bass, 84 crappie, and 34 bluegill. No reports for other city lakes.
NOTEABLE CATCHES: A Wohlford, Dave Pierson, Garden Grove, landed a 10-12 rainbows on a Smoking Jigz from Boat Dock Cove. At Murray, Tsun Le of San Diego had seven bluegill to 1-8 on red worms.
BARRETT: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
HODGES: Closed until spring. Weekly fish counts: sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.
EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.
UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.
WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or wohlfordlake.com.
DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or dixonlake.com.
POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or poway.org.
JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or lakejennings.org.
MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.
CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or lakecuyamaca.org.
HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.