San Diego Area Lakes, July 7 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 began at Wolhford and Poway with stocks last Friday. Jennings is slated to get fish this week.

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. But Barrett remains a top pick. Most waters are also seeing much better bluegill and redear action. Poway and Murray have a particularly good bluegill bites on small fish right now. Even waters not getting catfish plants yet have been fair on catfish. Cuyamaca this has a pretty good trout bite with the final plant of the season two week ago. There has been a good carp bite at Lake Morena for anglers fishing dough baits.

FISH COUNTS: This past week, there were 118 anglers at Barrett and they reported 1,494 bass. At El Capitan, 31 anglers reported 54 bass. At Hodges, 85 anglers reported 150 bass to 10.2 pounds, 15 bluegill to three-quarter pound, nine crappie to 1-8, and 25 channel cats to nine pounds. At Miramar, 27 anglers reported 45 bass to 4.25 pounds. At Murray, 20 anglers reported no fish. At Lower Otay, 128 anglers reported 307 bass to 7.4 pounds and 810 bluegill to 1.5 pounds. At Sutherland, there were 27 anglers who reported 37 bass to 5.45 pounds, 14 bluegill and three crappie.

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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