San Diego Area Lakes 3/30/2012

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BARRETT: The lake will open to fishing in May. Reservations will be made through Ticketmaster starting April 10, by calling (800) 745-3000 or visiting ticketmaster.com. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: There were 308 anglers who caught 384 bass, 128 crappie, three carp and one channel catfish. Will Benson, Chula Vista, landed a 6.01-pound largemouth on a spinnerbait. 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 this week and three weeks ago. No trout reports. There were 21 anglers checked who reported landing 44 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: The bass bite broke open this past week with nice volume and quality fish reported. Overall, 128 anglers reported catching 207 bass and one bluegill. The top bass was a 13.1-pounder caught by Geoff Pierce, San Diego, and part of a five-fish, 31.9-pound catch made in a Sunday Road Rangers Bass Club event. Crappie are showing in pretty fair numbers with fish to 3 pounds reported in the past week, and a few bluegill to a pound have been reported. There were DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Bowfishing for carp is now allowed here. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, 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 a Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday schedule 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 last week and three weeks ago. The bass bite started to kick into gear three weeks ago, and the fish continue to move into the shallows to spawn. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the concession number is (619) 466-4847.

MIRAMAR: There were 23 anglers who reported 42 bass and seven bluegill this past week. 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/. Boat rental and concession information: (858) 527-1722.

SUTHERLAND: A total of 119 anglers reported catching 510 bass to 6.75 pounds this past week and an excellent bite. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: (619) 668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: The trout action has been good, despite the weather. A trout plant last week helped stimulate the bite. Top fish was a 7.5-pounder caught by Tong Nguyen, Escondido, while fishing green PowerBait off Bass Point. Joe Cruz, Escondido, landed a limit of rainbows that totaled 14.5 pounds, all on inflated nightcrawlers off the Senior Shoreline. Next trout plant April 4. The bass bite has kicked into gear with the shallows flooded with males bass on beds. Rod Blunt, Escondido, landed a 5.2-pound largemouth on a dark plastics off the Senior Shoreline. The crappie are also starting to show in much better numbers as the fish move into the spawn. Rick Hatch, Escondido, caught a 2.55-pound crappie at Crappie Rock on a small crappie jig. Slow other species. 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: The trout bite slowed down to just fair this week, with no plant slated. The next still will be April 4, when 1,500 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers go in. Top rainbow was an 8-4 caught by Victor Sarabia, Escondido, on a Roostertail in Whisker Bay near the buoy line. Quite a few two- to three-fish stringers of fish running 2-3 pounds. Best action has been on PowerBait in yellow, rainbow and green, but PowerWorms and small jigs or spinners are also catching fish. The bass bite is improving as the fish begin to move shallow for the spawn, but cool, rainy weather has been delaying this bite. No catfish or panfish reports. No state fishing license required here. Lake information: (760) 839-4680 or dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Very good action after a plant last week, and the next stock is slated for April 4. Most of the trout are up to 4 pounds, but Rene Rodriguez, Linda Vista, landed a 10.25-pounder fishing green PowerBait off the fishing float. The top spots have been Hidden Bay and Half Moon Bay, but fish are showing all around the lake. Most of the action has been on floating baits, nightcrawlers and small trout worms and jigs. The bass action has been steadily improving and the fish are stacking up in the shallows with a lot of  2- to 3-pound class bass being landed on plastics, nightcrawlers and reaction baits. Nate Patolai, Poway, had an 8.5-pound largemouth on a Senko in Hidden Bay this week. Also some redear starting to show. The lake is normally open Wednesday through Sunday. A state fishing license is no longer required here. Lake information: (858) 668-4772, tackle shop recording (858) 486-1234; poway.org.

JENNINGS: While the trout bite is finally improving, few anglers are reporting limits in spite of weekly plants. Trolling has continued to be the best bet. Hermit Cove and at Eagle Point are the top spots for shore anglers and nightcrawlers, PowerWorms and PowerBait are the top bets. 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. There were two 8-12 largemouth reported this week. The first was on Friday and landed by Chris Mesa, San Diego, on a tube jig in Siesta Cove, and the other was landed on Saturday by Craig Adolphi, Lakeside, on a swimbait. While other species have mostly been slow, a 1-12 bluegill was landed by Grace Wedge, Alpine, on a nightcrawler in Hermit Cove. 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. 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, and there was a DFG plant last 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: No report. All private boats must be checked and washed down for zebra and quagga mussels. Information: (760) 782-3501.

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