San Diego Area Lakes, Sept. 14 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Catfish stocking season is over. Trout plants won’t begin until November or December at most water. At Wohlford, the lake/park is currently closed on weekdays. It will remain open on weekends, and it will re-open for weekday fishing in December with the opening of trout season.

FISHING UPDATE: The bluegill and redear action remains fair at Otay and San Vicente. Most are hand-sized, weighing less than a half-pound, but some bigger. Also still slow to fair action on bluegill at Miramar, Murray, Hodges, and El Capitan. Tilapia are being reported at Hodges in the bluegill bite. The bass action remains fair at most waters in the region. Lower Otay has been good, especially on topwater baits. San Vicente, El Capitan, Sutherland, and and Hodges also remain slow to fair on bass, with topwater action most mornings and evenings. Trout are slow at Cuyamaca, except for the occasional fish from deep water. Catfish season is in full swing but overall light fishing pressure.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. This past week, there were 31 anglers checked at Barrett Lake, and they reported 134 bass. At El Capitan, 101 anglers reported 151 bass. At Hodges, 46 anglers reported 36 bass, 11 bluegill, and six channel catfish. At Miramar, the 17 anglers checked had 38 bass to just over four pounds, three bluegill to a pounds, and one near-seven-pound catfish. At Murray, 32 anglers had just eight bass. At Lower Otay, 94 anglers caught 238 bass to 4.65 pounds and 152 bluegill. At San Vicente, 26 anglers reported 75 bass and 37 bluegill. At Sutherland, 19 anglers had 24 bass and one bluegill.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Murray, Justin Hafer, Santee, landed a five-pound bass on a crankbait, while Jason Montgomery, San Diego, landed catfish at nine and six pounds fishing mackerel off the fishing pier. At Hodges, Rodger Goodwin, Poway, had a mixed stringer of eight bluegill and tilapia to three-quarter pound.

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
SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: Marina concession: 619-390-1918. 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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