San Diego Area Lakes, Dec. 1 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Trout plants have begun or will be beginning soon at most waters in the region. Dixon’s 38th Annual Trout Derby will be this weekend, Dec. 2-4. The lake will be planted with 6,000 pounds of trout this week before the derby. The lake was also planted with 1,500 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers this past Tuesday, and 4,500 pounds two weeks ago. There were a number of trophy fish planted for this weekend’s derby. The lake is closed to fishing until 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2. In addition to state fish this week, Lake Cuyamaca received 1,200 pounds of Jess Ranch trout last week. The next plant of Jess Ranch rainbows will be Dec. 20. Poway will also begin its trout season Dec. 1 with a 3,000-pound plant of Nebraska Tailwalkers. There will also be 1,500 pound plants Dec. 14 and 28, with trophies in the plant on the 28th. Wohlford’s first plant of the season will be a 6,000-pound stock on Dec. 10. Jennings was slated to receive 1,500 pounds of trout from Wright’s Rainbows this week, and 10 percent of each plant consists of trophy fish. Lake Morena received its first private stock Nov. 18. This week DFW plants are slated for Cuyamaca, Murray, and Morena. Last week, state trout were planted at  Chollas Park Lake, Lindo Lake.

FISHING UPDATE: Trout action is beginning to sizzle all over the county with trout plants finally starting. Top bets this week are Dixon, Jennings, and Cuyamaca, in about that order. 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 10 to 35 feet of water on shiners, plastics, and jigs. The panfish bites are really slowing down, but a few bluegill are still showing at Jennings and Murray and a few crappie from Lower Otay. Jennings and Murray have continued to have a fair catfish bites. Jennings is best on cut baits or nightcrawlers in Half Moon and Sentry coves, while Murray is best in the afternoons off the fishing pier.

FISH COUNTS: Not available.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At Lake Murray, Jason Contreras, San Diego, landed an eight-pound largemouth in Padre Bay on a swimbait. Alicia Hamilton, San Diego, had 25 bluegill and redear (a limit) all caught on red worms in San Carlos and the top fish was a two-pounder.

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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