BARRETT: The lake is closed until later this spring. Lake information: (619) 465-3474.
HODGES: There were 15 anglers checked and they reported 26 bass and three crappie. The crappie have been best in the narrows on live shiners with some very good catches reported by the marina staff. John Martinez, Escondido, landed four crappie at the dam on live shiners and the best one was three pounds. Information: (760) 432-2023.
EL CAPITAN: Excellent bass action with the fish mostly shallow on beds. The county surveyed 112 anglers and they reported 376 bass to 9.85 pounds and seven channel catfish. DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. The lake is open Thursday through Monday with boat rentals available all five days. General lake information: (619) 465-3474. Rental boat and concession information: (619) 443-4110.
LOWER OTAY: Very good bass bite this week. The bass are on beds and showing in very good numbers on plastics and swimbaits. The county surveyed 127 anglers and they reported 288 bass to 12.20 pounds, 22 crappie, 22 bluegill to 2.2 pounds, and six rainbow trout. Top baits for both the bass and crappie has been live shiners. DFW trout were planted last week and three weeks ago. Otay is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. General lake information: (619) 465-3474. Rental boat and concession information: (619) 397-5212.
UPPER OTAY: Very good bass action with the fish up on beds in mid-spawn. The county surveyed five anglers and they reported 18 bass to five pounds. Plastics, nightcrawlers, and live shiners the top baits. 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.
MURRAY: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. The marina staff reports fair trout action at the buoy line on spinners and PowerBait. Most of the rainbows are about a pound. Bass are excellent with most of the fish shallow in the spawn, and some big fish are chasing the rainbow trout. Top fish reported was an 11-pounder landed by Jason Keller, San Diego, on a swimbait at the buoy line. The crappie action is fair to good with some quality fish to two pounds. Lake information: (619) 466-4847. There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the new concession number is (619) 466-4847.
MIRAMAR: Bass action remains very good, and the trout bite continues to be pretty fair. There were DFW plants last week and three weeks ago. The county staff surveyed 18 anglers and they reported 52 bass and 16 rainbow trout this past week. Moe’s Hole has been the hotspot for the rainbows. The bass are flooding into the shallows for the spawn with most of the fish in the one to three pounds range — with a few bigger fish. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: (619) 465-3474. New boat rental and concession information: (858) 527-1722.
SUTHERLAND: The opener this past was fair to good for bass. The county surveyed 69 anglers and they reported 150 bass to 4-4, eight crappie to 2.15 pounds, and four carp. Lake information: (619) 465-3474. Rental boat reservations: (619) 668-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOHLFORD: Trout plant this week with fair action on inflated nightcrawlers and PowerBait. The bass bite remains good with fish on beds. Plastics, reaction baits, and crawdads are all getting the largemouth. The crappie bite has turned on, especially around Crappie Rock. Wendell Jackson, Escondido, weighed in a 2-4 crappie on a shiner at Bass Point. A few catfish are also starting to show. For information contact the Ranger Station at (760) 839-4346.
DIXON LAKE: Good trout action after a plant this week. The best bite is from three to four days after the stock before the action slows. The top spots have been Trout Cove and Jack Creek Cove, but bigger fish are coming from Whisker Bay. The bass are fair to good with the movement of fish shallow just starting. Lots of smaller males are along the shorelines now and whacking drop-shot plastics, but few of the bigger females are up yet. Trout plants will continue to be 1,500 pounds alternating weeks through April 9 with a final 3,000-pound plant on April 23 for the annual Kiwanis’ Trout Derby April 27-28. No state fishing license is required here. Lake information: (760) 839-4680.
POWAY: Trout action has been good after the plant last week. The best bite on rainbow PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and Power Worms fished drop-shot style on light line. Hidden Bay and Half Moon Bay have been the hot spot. Bass are starting to move shallow with fair to good action on plastics and small swimbaits. Lake information: (858) 668-4772, tackle shop recording (858) 486-1234.
JENNINGS: The trout action has been fair to good, and a lot of quality rainbows from four to six pounds have been the mix. Plants continue each week through the end of the month and there are tagged fish and blind bogey fish with prizes in the lake, too. The bass bite has been good with the fish on beds along the shoreline. Most are smaller fish to two pounds, but some bigger fish in the mix. Crappie are also starting to show. A few cats showing in deeper water off the buoy line. Information: (619) 390-1300.
MORENA: Trout action has been fair with a few nice fish in the mix. Tops reported was a 6-4 landed by James Green, National City, on PowerBait in Geezer’s Cove. Robert Valles, Lakeside, had a 5-8 on purple PowerBait at the boad dock. The bass bite it really starting to take off with the spawn, and Brain Fansher, Lake Morena, had largemouth at 11-6 and 7-4 on swimbaits. Information: 24-hour fishing update line (619) 478-5473, ranger station (619) 579-4101.