San Diego Area Lakes 3/22/2012

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BARRETT: The lake will open to fishing in May. Reservations will be made through Ticketmaster starting on the second Tuesday in April by calling (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: There were 131 anglers who caught 270 bass, 86 crappie, seven channel cats and one carp. Top bass was a 9.5-pounder landed by Lorenzo Benton, East Lake, on a 2-inch grub. A 9.4-pounder was caught by Steve Grecko, Murrieta, on a crankbait. The lake is open to fishing on a Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday schedule. Rental boat and concession information: (760) 432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: There were DFG trout plants two and three weeks ago. No trout reports. There were 38 anglers checked who reported landing 114 bass. Bowfishing for carp is now allowed here. The lake is open Thursday through Monday with boat rentals available all five days (closed to fishing on Sundays). General lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: (619) 443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: There were DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago. There were 49 anglers checked who had 52 bass to 5.1 pounds, one .58-pound bluegill, and one .86-pound crappie. Bowfishing for carp is now allowed here. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. General lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: (619) 397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: No report. The lake is open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday for catch-and-release fishing (only artificial lures with single barbless hooks), sunrise to sunset. The road to Upper Otay is closed, but anglers can still walk in. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 (recording) or (619) 397-5212 (concession) or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

MURRAY: Pretty fair trout action, and DFG trout plants went in this week. The bass bite broke open two weeks ago, and the fish continue to move into the shallows to spawn. No big fish reported, but quite a few limits and fish to 3 pounds. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the new concession number is (619) 466-4847.

MIRAMAR: No fishing report. The lake is open for fishing seven days a week. Rental boats are available on Saturday and Sunday. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. New boat rental and concession information: (858) 527-1722.

SUTHERLAND: No information. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: (619) 668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: The trout action was pretty good before the weekend storm, but the water was been a little off-color since. Top fish reported was a 9.5-pounder landed by Mike Holden, Encinitas, on a gold Kastmaster off the Senior Shoreline. Felix Lopez, Escondido, had a 7.6-pounder, while a 5.05-pounder was landed by Fausto Barron, Escondido. The bass bite has also been very good with the fish moving tight for the spawn. Richard Fridell, Escondido, landed a 6.95-pounder on a swimbait off the south shore rock pile. A handful of crappie are starting to show. Rick Hatch, Escondido, landed crappie at 1.9, 1.7 and 1.7 pounds. Other species are slow. Fishing is allowed seven days a week. Private boat launching is not allowed because of Quagga mussel fears. Information: (760) 839-4346 or wohlfordlake.com.

DOANE POND: No recent DFG plants.

DIXON LAKE: Good to excellent action in the first three days after a plant and then slower action until the next stock. Top spots have been Trout Cove, Whisker Bay and Boat Dock cove areas. Big fish this past week were trout at 6.8 and 4.75 pounds caught by Abisai Gordillo, Carlsbad, on a PowerBait fly-jig combo from Trout Cove. PowerBait, trout plastics, small jigs and Thomas Buoyants have been the top baits. The bass bite is improving as the fish begin to move shallow for the spawn, but cool, rainy weather has been delaying this bite. Next trout plant is April 4, with this coming week a skip week. No catfish or panfish reports. No State fishing license required here. Lake information: (760) 839-4680 or dixonlake.com.

POWAY: The trout action has been very good, and more trophy Nebraska Tailwalkers are slated to be stocked this week. The best bite has been at Hidden Bay, Bucktail Bay, Boulder Bay and along the north shore. Top fish was reported by Alex Williams III, San Diego, when he caught a 13-pound rainbow on a trout plastic in Bucktail Bay. Reid Matthews, Del Norte, had an 8.25-pounder, while Ringo Gray, Rancho Bernardo, landed a 7.5-pound rainbow. The bass are in the shallows and showing on plastics and reaction baits. Most of the fish are smaller, in the 2-pound class, but some bigger fish are cruising. Also some redear starting to show. The lake is normally open Wednesday through Sunday. A state fishing license no longer required here. Lake information: (858) 668-4772, tackle shop recording (858) 486-1234 or poway.org.

JENNINGS: The weather washed out the fishing last weekend, with slow fishing all around, despite another trout plant. The best plant will be Tuesday, when another 1,000 pounds of Sierra Bows goes in. The trout bite had been steadily improving until the storm, with the best action in Hermit Cove and at Eagle Point on nightcrawlers, PowerWorms and PowerBait. The bass action has been the best bet with the fish stacked up in the shallows in less than 10 feet of water and showing on jigs, Creature Baits and other plastics. Other species slow. The lake is open Friday through Sunday, and shore fishing below the campground is available Monday through Thursday with permits available at the campground. Information: (619) 390-1300 or lakejennings.org.

MORENA: The trout action has been pretty good with a few limits reported, including fish over 3 pounds. Top trout reported was a 5-pound rainbow landed by Alexis Blake, 3, San Diego, on her Barbie fishing rod, and only a little help from her dad. Best action has been from Paradise Cove to the dam. The bass bite has been steadily improving, with some nice fish being landed in shallow water on plastics and jigs. Other species have been slow, with few reports. Information: 24-hour fishing update line (619) 478-5473, ranger station (619) 579-4101 or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: The trout bite has been fair to good with a few limits reported, Jess Ranch trout went in March 12, and DFG fish are slated for this week. Private boats are allowed on the lake, including canoes and kayaks, but the boats must be sprayed for quagga mussels by a high-pressure heated wash prior to entering the lake. The cost is $10 for the spraying and it lasts for multiple trips to Cuyamaca as long as the boat is not used in another reservoir. The decontamination wash down station is for all craft and items used in the water, including boats, motors, kayak, canoes, float tubes and waders. Information: (760) 765-0515 or lakecuyamaca.org.

HENSHAW: The crappie bite is still fair and some catfish are also being caught. The rains really hampered fishing this past week. Most of the crappie are in the 1-pound range, while the cats have mostly been 2 to 3 pounds. All private boats must be checked and washed down for zebra and quagga mussels. Information: (760) 782-3501.

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