BARRETT: County staff checked 121 anglers who reported 2,146 bass. Lake information: 619-465-3474.
HODGES: County staff checked 63 anglers who landed 97 bass, 34 carp, and three channel catfish. Marina staff report good catfish action, fair to good bass action, and a good carp bite. Information: 760-432-2023.
EL CAPITAN: County staff checked 56 anglers who reported 146 bass, eight channel catfish, six bluegill, and four crappie. The marina staff report fair to good bass action and improving catfish action. James Jones, Cardiff, had five bass to six pounds on nightcrawlers. The lake is open Thursday through Monday with boat rentals available all five days. General lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.
LOWER OTAY: County staff checked 67 anglers who reported 205 bass to five pounds, 17 bluegill to 1.8 pounds, two crappie to 1.3 pounds, and two catfish to four pounds. Marina staff report good action for bass early and late in the day on live bait and plastics with some very good buzzbait action early. The bluegill action has also turned on with wax worms and meal worms the top baits. Otay is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.
UPPER OTAY: County staff checked just six anglers who reported just two bass to 3.2 pounds. The lake is open on a 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).
MURRAY: No county report available. Marina staff report fair to good bass action on shiners, ripping spoons, and topwater baits. The bluegill bite is also good, mostly on nightcrawlers and red worms. A few catfish are showing, but light pressure on the cats. Helen Bates, San Diego, had eight crappie, including two at 1-8 each. Lake information: 619-466-4847. There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the new concession number is 619-466-4847.
MIRAMAR: County staff checked 17 anglers who landed 52 bass and 11 bluegill. Concession staff report fair to good bass action on Senkos, drop-shot plastics, and jerk baits. The bluegill bite is good with some quality fish to a pound or better reported, but most are hand-sized or a little better. Catfish are also improving but getting little pressure. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. New boat rental and concession information: 858-527-1722.
SUTHERLAND: County staff checked 53 anglers who reported 40 bass to 4.1 pounds, 57 bluegill to nearly a pound, 16 carp to
five pounds, seven crappie to a pound, and five catfish to 4-8. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOHLFORD: The bass bite is fair with some good action early and late in the day. Best action near structure on crawdads, Shad Rap-style cranksbaits, or dark colored plastics. There will be a July 5 catfish derby with fishing until midnight. The event will benefit the United States Navy Sea Cadet Corps. This is also free fishing day so no licenses are required that day. For information contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346.
DOANE POND: DWF trout plant last week.
DIXON LAKE: The bass bite has been fair on drop-shot plastics and reaction baits in the coves early and late in the day. Most have been smaller fish. A few trout continue to show from deep water. Bluegill and catfish have been improving with the warmer weather with both fair now. Catfish plants start July 10. No state fishing license is required here. Lake information: 760-839-4680.
POWAY: Bass fair to good on plastics and small swimbaits with some good reaction bait action early and late in the day. Trout action has been slow after the final plant of the season four weeks ago. A few from deep water. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234.
JENNINGS: The second catfish plant of the season was last week, and catfish to 12 pounds have been reported in a fair to good bite. Quite a few limits posted. Bass and panfish are fair, but no trout were reported (the first week that’s happened this year). Top catches included a limit of channel cats landed by Mike Cameron, Brawley, with a total weight of 23 pounds, including one at 6-12. Juan Herrera, El Cajon, landed a 5-12 channel. The best catfish action has been on cut baits at the bird trees. Information: 619-390-1300.
MORENA: The trout are still showing from deeper water at the dam, but few anglers are targeting the trout. Joe Barton, El Cajon, had a 3-6 rainbow on a plastic worm, while Nyko Alvarez, Corona, landed a 1-2 trout on mackerel. The bass are fair on topwater early and late and then plastics after. Catfish are good with a lot of limits reported this past week. Dave Thomas, San Diego, had a 10-pound stringer of cats, while A.J.
Pfishter, Lake Elsinore, landed a 2-10 cat to top off his stringer. Best action in Horseshoe Cove. Also good action on small bluegill and carp.
Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101.
CUYAMACA: Trout action has been good and Jess Ranch trout went in Tuesday last week, including some trophy to eight pounds, and the DFW was slated to add rainbows this week. Crappie and bluegill are both very good, but most are very small. For the trout, the best action has been on a half-nightcrawler-PowerBait combo, but Mice Tails, and small jigs have also been good. Still few catfish reports. Information: 760-765-0515.