NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon was planted with 6,000 pounds of trout Wednesday this week and will get 1,500 pounds Dec. 21. Lake Wohlford received a 6,000-pound plant last Wednesday, it was slated to get another 1,500 pounds this week. Poway kicked off its trout season this past week with a plant of 3,000 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers two weeks ago. There was a 1,500-pound plant this week, and another 1,500-pound plant is slated for Dec. 28, and this plant will have trophy fish. Lake Jennings was planted with 1,500 pounds of rainbows last week, and it is slated to get an additional 1,500 pounds both the week before Christmas and the week after. Lake Cuyamaca received 1,200 pounds of Jess Ranch trout three weeks ago and will get a plant of Jess Ranch rainbows next Tuesday Dec. 20. There is also a DFW plant this week. No Morena reports. The DFW will plant Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lindo Lake, Morena Reservoir this week. There were no state plants last week. Next week, the DFW is tentatively slated to stock Lake Murray.
FISHING UPDATE: Trout action is beginning to sizzle all over the county. Top bets this week are Dixon, Poway, Wohlford, and Cuyamaca. The bass action has been fair at most waters. San Vicente remains probably the best bet for bass with most of the fish showing in deep water on shiners, plastics, and jigs. There has been a lot of bait up shallow and the bass are crashing the bait in one to six feet of water, and swimbait anglers are cashing in. 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 also 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. For the second week in a row, there has been an excellent bite on crappie at Lower Otay. More than 600 were reported two weeks ago and another 500-plus this past week.
FISH COUNTS: At El Capitan, there were 16 anglers checked and they reported 31 bass. At Miramar, there were 14 anglers checked this past week and they landed 32 bass to 4.2 pounds and one 6.25-pound channel catfish. At Murray, there were 30 anglers who reported four crappie. At Lower Otay, there were 71 anglers checked and they landed 515 crappie, 190 bass to 4.2 pounds, and 141 bluegill to 1.75 pounds. At Murray, 30 anglers checked reported six crappie.
NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Wohlford, Larry Alvarado, Riverside, Allen Rice, West Covina, and Mario Ruis, Ontario, all limited opening day before 9a.m. fishing at the west buoy line with rainbow PowerBait. The five-fish limits weighed 16 pounds, 14 pounds and 13-6, respectively. Also at Wohlford, a 39.15-pound blue catfish was caught by Joey Mayerchik, Valley Center, on stink bait off the south shore rock pile. At Cuyamaca, Bob Auday, Huntington Beach, had three trout totaling 16.5 pounds, including one at 7 pounds. He was using the Cuyamaca Sandwich (half an inflated nightcrawler and half PowerBait). At Murray, Manuel Garcia, San Diego, had an 11-2 bass on a swimbait from Cowles Bay, while Glenn Frye, San Diego, landed 12 bluegill to 2-1 on wax worms.
BARRETT: Closed until spring. Lake information – 619-465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
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.
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.