NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Still no news on when San Vicente Reservoir is expected to reopen. It was supposed to open this spring, but spring has come and gone. Cuyamaca is still getting trout plants twice a month through June with an 1,100-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows this week and then a final Jess Ranch plant June 21. DFW trout could go in longer. Cuyamaca easily has the best trout action in the county. At Dixon and Wohlford, catfish plants begin in July. Wohlford will have its annual Catfish Derby July 6 from 6 a.m. to midnight. Jennings started its catfish stocking season three weeks ago and the most recent plant went in last week.
In most of the lakes in this region, the bass bite has been the best bet, with more and more bluegill and redear showing as the waters warm up. Even waters not getting catfish plants yet have been fair on catfish.
Top bets for bass include Wohlford, Lower Otay, Murray, and El Capitan. But Barrett remains a top pick. This past week, there were 86 anglers at Barrett and they reported 925 bass. There has been a good carp bite at Lake Morena for anglers fishing dough baits.
Top fish: Jason Blackwell, San Carlos, fished Murray’s Padre Bay and landed 12 bluegill and redear on meal worms and his best was a 1-8.
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.