By: Parimal M. Rohit
JULIAN — Local angler Lukasz Szcedanek made a record catch March 22 at Lake Cuyamaca in Julian, when he reeled in a 17.5-pound trout on an inflated night crawler near Heron Point.
According to lake officials, the catch obliterates the previous record of 15.25 pounds. The 17.5-pound trout was part of a mid-March plant and was in the water less than one week before Szcedanek reeled in the rainbow.
Lake Cuyamaca is located about one hour east of San Diego and has been stocked for fishing since 1891. The lake has operated under a trout stocking agreement with the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife since 1974.
Szcedanek was not the only one reeling in big fish at freshwater lakes last month. A 36.6-pound blue catfish was reportedly caught at Lake Hodges in Escondido two weeks earlier, a record for that freshwater venue. Another large — but not record-breaking — blue catfish was reportedly caught March 21 at Lake Skinner.
Yet another blue catfish was reportedly reeled in March 7 at El Capitan; however, the 38.85-pound catfish fell almost 10 pounds shy of the lake’s record catch.