San Diego Area Lakes

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Catfish plants are done for the year, and trout plants donít begin until November at most waters. Lake Cuyamaca received its third plant of the season last week with a 1,200-pound plant of rainbows from Jess Ranch (there were two plants in September). Lake Dixon will get its first trout plant with a 4,500-pound plant of Nebraska Tailwalkers slated for November 16. Lake Jennings announced its trout season will begin Nov. 19 after a 1,700-pound plant of rainbows from Idaho. Poway will also begin its trout season in ‘late November.’ Other lakes will be announcing schedules soon. Hodges closed until spring on Oct. 30. Sutherland and Barrett are closed until next year.

FISHING UPDATE: Overall, the bass action has been fair at most waters. San Vicente remains probably the best bet for bass with most of the fish showing from 25 to 35 feet of water on shiners, plastics, and jigs. Panfish bites are also still fair with some flurries of very good action, but they are starting to slow as nights and waters cool. While getting light pressure, the bluegill are best at Lower Otay, San Vicente, and Murray, and there appeared to be a budding crappie bite at Hodges, but that lake closed Sunday. Jennings has continued to have a fair catfish bite on cut baits or nightcrawlers in Half Moon and Sentry coves. The trout bite at Cuyamaca is improving with the cooler weather.

FISH COUNTS: At El Capitan, 60 anglers checked reported 114 bass to 6.56 pounds. At Hodges, there were 79 anglers checked and they reported just 30 bass and 22 crappie. At Miramar, 15 anglers reported 46 bass to 4.10 pounds and five bluegill to a pound. At Lower Otay, 63 anglers reported 252 bass to 4.6 pounds, 203 bluegill to a pound, and one 102.9-pound blue catfish. Counts not available for other lakes. Hodges, Barrett, and Sutherland are closed for the season.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: This was a week of huge catfish. At Lower Otay Reservoir, a 102.9-pound blue catfish was caught and released by Noy Vilanysane, San Diego, while fishing a four-inch grub on eight-pound test. At Wohlford, Paul Eddo, Escondido caught a 44.5-pound blue using cut mackerel. At San Vicente, Kevin Crutcher, San Diego, had 10 bluegill, including a 2.68-pounder, while Tom Minka, El Cajon, landed a 2.77-pound redear. At Murray, Todd Chambers, San Diego, had a 25 bluegill and redear to 2.6 pounds, all on wax worms.

BARRETT: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or

HODGES: Weekly fish counts: Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: Information: 619-465-3474 or Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.

MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: Lake information: 619-466-4847 or Concession: 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or

SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or

SUTHERLAND: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or

WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or

DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or

POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or

JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or

MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or

CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.

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