BARRETT: The lake will open to fishing in May. Reservations will be made through Ticketmaster starting on Tuesday, April 10, by calling (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
HODGES: The bass bite remains very good. There were 35 anglers checked this past week who caught 170 bass, 40 crappie and five bluegill. 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 last week and four weeks ago. No trout reports. There were eight anglers checked who caught 21 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 remains fair to good, with more quality fish showing. There were 106 anglers checked who landed 158 bass and five bluegill. Top bass was a 12.1-pounder, and the top bluegill was a 1.2-pounder. Also a few crappie showing. 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: There were 10 anglers checked this past week who caught 24 bass to 3.65 pounds. 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: Continued fair trout action with DFG plants this week and two weeks ago. The bass action remains fair. There were 123 anglers who reported 75 bass, 42 bluegill and just nine trout. Top bass was an 11.55-pounder caught by Jerry Thoresen, Bishop, on a Rago Swim Bait. 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: There were 21 anglers checked who had 29 bass to 5.1 pounds. 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: There were a total of 122 anglers who caught 559 bass in an excellent bite. There were also 42 crappie, 15 bluegill and three channel cats landed. Top bass was a 5.6-pounder caught by David Brown, San Diego, on a Brush Hog. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: (619) 668-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOHLFORD: The trout action has been fair to good, and another plant is slated for this week. The best bite has been in Boat Dock Cove and along the Senior Shoreline. Paul Eddo, Escondido, landed a 7.6-pound rainbow in Oakvale Cove on rainbow PowerBait. The bass bite has been very good with most fish on beds in shallow water around much of the shoreline. Phaykhily Saykam, Escondido, landed a 7-4 bass in Oakvale Cove on a nightcrawler, while Richard Fridell, Escondod, had a 5.45-pound on a pumpkin plastic at Bass Point. The crappie are also starting to show in much better numbers as the fish move into the spawn, and the best action has been on small jigs at Crappie Rock and other structure. Also improved catfish bite with warmer weather this week. Jeff Greer, Escondido, landed an 11.45-pound catfish at the west buoy line on an anchovy. 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 was slow this past week, but a plant of 1,500 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers this week should perk the bite. 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 has really started to turn on with the fish all over the shallows in the spawn. No catfish or panfish reports. No state fishing license required here. Lake information: (760) 839-4680 or dixonlake.com.
POWAY: Very good trout action after plants this week and two weeks ago. The boat bite has been best, with the trollers finally starting to get limits on the flasher-nightcrawler rigs. Shore anglers are getting fish around much of the lake, but Half Moon Bay and Hidden Bay are the top spots. Ron Capati, La Mesa, landed a 9-pound rainbow on PowerBait in Half Moon Bay. The bass and bluegill-redear bites are also both starting to take off, with the bass especially good in the shallows where the fish are on beds. Small plastics and reaction baits have been the best bet. Bob Freet, La Mesa, landed a 1-12 bluegill while fly-fishing. 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 trout bite has been fair, with some limits reported by trollers. 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. The catfish action is slow to fair, but a few fish are showing at the buoy line on cut baits. 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: No report. Information: 24-hour fishing update line (619) 478-5473, ranger station (619) 579-4101 or lakemorena.com.
CUYAMACA: The trout bite has been very good this past week after the first Mt. Lassen Trout Farm plant of the season last Tuesday, including trophy trout from 3 to 8 pounds, along with a plant of Jess Ranch rainbows to 5 pounds. DFG trout are on the list for this week. There have been limits daily. Top fish was a 7-8 rainbow caught by Rudy Badua, San Diego, on an inflated nightcrawler, while Joe Woof, Lakeside, landed a 5-12 to top off his limit. Few reports of other species. 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.