Fish Report-Freshwater, Apr. 10 ed

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BARRETT: Closed for the season. The lake will reopen this month (April). Lake information: (619) 465-3474.

HODGES: There were 83 anglers checked this past week and they landed 89 bass to 7-12, 51 carp, and 20 crappie. Information: (760) 432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: The bass bite has been very good with a few crappie being landed. There were 102 anglers checked this past week and they reported 460 bass, 46 crappie, four channel catfish and one blue catfish. The lake is open Thursday through Monday with boat rentals available all five days. General lake information: (619) 465-3474. Rental boat and concession information: (619) 443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: Good bass action and a few crappie showing. There were 203 anglers checked this past week and they reported 276 bass to five pounds, and 12 crappie to a pound. Otay is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. General lake information:(619) 465-3474. Rental boat and concession information: (619) 397-5212. 

UPPER OTAY: There was one angler checked and he reported three bass to 2.8 pounds. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday for catch-and-release fishing (only artificial lures with single, barbless hooks), sunrise to sunset. The road to Upper Otay is closed, but anglers can still walk in. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 (recording) or (619) 397-5212 (concession).

MURRAY: There were 48 anglers checked this past week and they reported just one bass at 11.15 pounds. DFW trout plant last week. Lake information:( 619) 466-4847. There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the new concession number is (619) 466-4847.

MIRAMAR: There were 18 anglers checked and they reported 74 bass to nine pounds and two rainbow trout. DFW trout plant last week. Marina concession: (858) 527-1722. General information: (619) 465-3474. New boat rental and concession information: (858) 527-1722.

SUTHERLAND: There were 38 anglers checked and they reported 49 bass to 4.1 pounds, three crappie to 1.8 pounds, and three carp to 4.5 pounds. Lake information: (619) 465-3474. Rental boat reservations: (619) 668-2050.

WOHLFORD: Still fair to good trout action, but the fish have moved west toward the deeper water. Trout plants last week and next week. Oakvale Cove and the area west of the Senior Shoreline are the best spots. Top rainbow reported was a 10.2-pounder landed by Sergio Fabin, San Diego, while fishing PowerBait in Oakvale Cove. A few crappie showing early in the morning on small jigs or shiners. The bass bite is good to excellent with the fish in mid-spawn. Doug Hagadorn, Valley Center, landed a 6.55-pound bass on a crankbait. A few more cats showing with the warm weather. Hipolito Romero, San Marcos, had 22.35-pound catfish on cut mackerel off the Senior Shoreline. For information contact the Ranger Station at (760) 839-4346.

DOANE POND: No recent DFW plants.

DIXON LAKE: The trout bite was good after the plant last week, but it has slowed some since. The fish are moving deeper with the warm weather. Jack Creek Cove and Whisker Bay have been the top spots. Next plant set for April 9. Bass action is good with the fish in the shallows for the spawn. Plastics and small jigs have been the best bet. Fair action on catfish, and more bluegill are starting to be caught. Lake information: (760) 839-4680.

POWAY: The best bite has been on the largemouth bass which are in full spawn mode and showing in good numbers in the shallows on plastics, jigs, and swimbaits. Trout were slower this past week, but a plant went in on Wednesday this week. Anglers are reminded that bass are all catch-and-release March 1 through May 31. Lake information: (858) 668-4772, tackle shop recording (858) 486-1234.

JENNINGS: The trout bite is good to excellent after a 2,200-pound plant last week and a plant of Lightning Trout the week before. The lake is open daily for spring break (through April 12). Some impressive limits of trout were reported. The best was a five-fish stringer landed by don Jasmund, Chula Vista, that weighed 18-8, all caught on PowerBait at the buoy line from a boat. Jeff Brenner, Chula Vista, had five that weighed 17-12, fishing the same bait in the same location. George Marino, El Cajon, landed a 5-8 rainbow, while Don Drenniny, El Cajon, caught a 3-8 Lightning Trout. The bass bite is also good with the fish all over the shallows in the spawn. The best bite has been on drop-shotted plastics and small jigs. No panfish or catfish reports. Information: (619) 390-1300. 

MORENA: Fair to good trout action with some quality rainbows on tap. Best this past week was a 7-4 landed by Mark Adams, Chula Vista, on a nightcrawler from Geezer Cove. Mat Sanchez, Oceanside, had a 6-10, while Julie Peterson, Descanso, landed a 5-8 rainbow. The bass action has been very good, especially for float tubers working fish on beds. Catfish are starting to improve. Ron Smith, El Cajon, had a 6-3 blue cat, while Mike Jones, San Marcos, had a 4-8 blue. Bluegill, crappie, and carp are still slow. Information: 24-hour fishing update line (619) 478-5473, ranger station (619) 579-4101, or

CUYAMACA: DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago, and there was a catfish plant two weeks ago. No report. Information: (760) 765-0515.

HENSHAW: No reports. Information: (760) 782-3501.

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