San Diego Area Lakes, Feb. 23 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Poway received 1,500 pounds last week, including trophy fish, and it will be planted again March 1 and 15. Dixon Lake will receive a 1,500-pound plant this week and it received an equal amount last week. Jennings will also get a 1,500-pound plant this week. Wohlford was on the schedule for 1,500 pounds this week. Cuyamaca was planted with 1,200 pounds last Tuesday.

DFW trout plants for this week include Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Murray, Lindo Lake, and Morena Reservoir.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass fishing continues to improve throughout the region, with many fish moving into shallower water and showing on more active baits. The best, however, is still in deeper water on plastics, jigs, jigging spoons, or live bait. Even with the uptick in bass fishing, trou8t remain the best bet with many lakes getting stocks alternating weeks. Top bets for trout are Poway (trophy fish this week), Cuyamaca, with Dixon, Jennings, and Wohlford the next best bets. Top bets for bass remain Lower Otay, San Vicente, Murray, and El Capitan. The panfish bites are mostly off, but a few bluegill and crappie continue to show from Otay.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff surveyed 19 anglers at El Capitan this past week and they landed 59 bass to 3.4 pounds. At Hodges, 65 anglers checked reported just 11 bass, six crappie, and one channel catfish. At Miramar, six anglers checked had nine bass to 3.5 pounds. At Murray, 22 anglers report two bass.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At San Vicente, a 45-pound blue catfish was landed by Ryan Hulbert, Las Mesa. His three-fish stringer weighed 95 pounds and all three the cats were caught on cut mackerel. At Murray, Alex Hancher, San Diego, had a pair of bluegill on red worms off the fishing pier, one was a pound and the other was 2 pounds.

BARRETT: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: Closed until spring. Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.

MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Concession: 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SUTHERLAND: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.

DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or www.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 www.lakecuyamaca.org.

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.

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