San Diego Area Lakes, July 21 report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Still no news on when San Vicente Reservoir is expected to reopen. There is apparently an issue with the docks that is keeping the lake from opening. Catfish plants have been weekly (1,000 pounds) at Dixon Lake with fish last week and slated again for week. Jennings was scheduled to get a 2,000-pound plants this week. Poway was planted with 1,300 pounds of catfish two weeks ago.

FISHING UPDATE: In most of the lakes in this region, the bass bite has been the best bet. Top bets for bass include Barrett, Wohlford, Lower Otay, Jennings, and El Capitan. Most waters are also seeing much better bluegill and redear action. Poway, Dixon, Jennings, and Lower Otay have a particularly good bluegill bites, mostly on smaller fish right now. Even waters not getting catfish plants yet have been fair on catfish. Cuyamaca’s trout bite has finally started to slow down because of the warm weather. There has been a good carp bite at Lake Morena for anglers fishing dough baits.

FISH COUNTS: This past week, there were 33 anglers at Barrett and they reported 1,416 bass. At El Capitan, 23 anglers checked reported 47 bass. At Hodges, 160 anglers reported 150 bass, 10 channel catfish, and seven bluegill. At Miramar, 22 anglers checked reported 47 bass to 4 pounds and seven bluegill to just under a pound. At Murray, 71 anglers reported 13 bass to 4 pounds and 28 bluegill. At Lower Otay, 101 anglers reported 249 bass to nearly 5 pounds, 236 bluegill, and two catfish. At Sutherland, 30 anglers reported 37 bass, five carp, and two catfish.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Murray, Kate Johnson, North Park, had 10 bluegill on red worms off the fishing pier. Her biggest was a 1 1/2-pounder.

BARRETT: Weekly fish counts:, 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

SUTHERLAND: Weekly fish counts: 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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