NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: San Vicente Reservoir will reopen to the public Sept. 22. Reservations have been issued through Ticketmaster for the first week. Jennings final 2,000-pound catfish plant of the season was slated for this week. There will be a Kid’s Fishing Derby Sept. 24. It is open to kid up to 15 and trout will be planted prior to the event.
FISHING UPDATE: In most of the lakes in this region, the bass and bluegill bites have been the best bet, while catfish have been fair. Top bets for bass include Barrett, Wohlford, Lower Otay, Jennings, and El Capitan. There is generally pretty fair topwater action early in the day and then the fish move deeper and show on live shiners (where legal), nightcrawlers, or plastics. For bluegill and/or redear, Poway, Dixon, Jennings, and Lower Otay have fair to good bluegill bites, mostly on smaller fish right now, with red worms, crickets, meal worms, and nightcrawler pieces the best baits. There has been a good carp bite at Lake Morena for anglers fishing dough baits. At Cuyamaca, trout fishing is very spotty.
FISH COUNTS: At Barrett Lake, there was no report for this past week. At El Capitan, there were 68 anglers checked who reported 132 bass. At Hodges, there were 85 anglers and they had 85 bass and eight channel catfish. At Mirimar, the 21 anglers checked had 46 bass to 4.55 pounds, six bluegill to a pound, and one redear sunfish. At Murray, there was no count. At Lower Otay, there were 119 anglers checked and they landed 220 bass to five pounds and 249 bluegill to 1.25 pounds. At Sutherland, there were 27 anglers who landed 18 bass, 10 bluegill, and three channel catfish to 15 pounds.
NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Morena, Trevor Elliott, Campo, landed an 7-12 catfishing fishing a nightcrawler from shore. At Jennings, Josh Wilson, El Cajon, had a 7-pound catfish. At Murray, Nate Coleman, Chula Vista, landed an eight-pound bass on a shiner, while Jason Contreras, San Diego, caught three catfish to 9 pounds on shrimp.
HODGES: Weekly fish counts: sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.
EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.
UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.
SUTHERLAND: Weekly fish counts: sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or wohlfordlake.com.
DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or dixonlake.com.
POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or poway.org.
JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or lakejennings.org.
MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.
CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or lakecuyamaca.org.
HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.