NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Trout plants have begun or will be beginning soon at most waters in the region. This week DFW plants are slated for Chollas Park Lake, Lindo Lake. They went into Lake Murray last week. Jennings received its first plant of the season last week when 2,100 pounds of rainbows went in, and the next plant will be next week (1,500 pounds). Lake Cuyamaca received Jess Ranch trout this week. Lake Dixon received its first plant last Wednesday, a 4,500-pound plant of Nebraska Tailwalkers, and 1,500 pounds went in Tuesday this week. Dixon will be closed to fishing Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 after that week’s plant in preparation for the 38th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby Dec. 2-4. 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 will be a 6,000-pound stock on Dec. 10.
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. Panfish bites are also still fair with some flurries of very good action, but they are starting to slow as nights and waters cool. 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: At El Capitan, 54 anglers checked reported 132 bass. At Miramar, 16 anglers reported 45 bass to 4.1 pounds and six bluegill to a pound. At Murray, 27 anglers reported just two bass. At Lower Otay, 90 anglers reported 251 bass to 3.5 pounds, 20 crappie, and eight bluegill. Counts not available for other lakes. Hodges, Barrett, and Sutherland are closed for the season. A Lake Jennings, David Corrales, City Heights, landed five rainbows to two pounds
NOTEABLE CATCHES: At San Vicente, Kennis Kolender, San Diego, caught a 64-2 blue catfish on a bass jig. At Murray, Kevin Hart, San Carlos, landed a 9-8 bass on a swim bait from Padre Bay. At Wohlford, Mike Hernandez, Valley Center, caught and released a 6.8-pound bass bass throwing a swimbait off the Senior Shoreline. At Dixon Lake, Spencer Ayala, Escondido, landed an 11-pound trout on a trout jig in Trout Cove.
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.
SUTHERLAND: Closed until spring. 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.