Fish Report – Freshwater, April 10 ed

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

HODGES: There were 53 anglers checked this past week and they landed 29 bass, 15 crappie, and 10 bluegill. Information: (760) 432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: There were 144 anglers checked this past week and they reported 582 bass to 7.81 pounds, 21 crappie, one bluegill, and one 50.85-pound blue catfish caught by Mario Kimble, Bonito, fishing mackerel in the north arm. The lake is open Thursday through Monday with boat rentals available all five days. General lake information: (619) 465-3474 or Rental boat and concession information: (619) 443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: There were 149 anglers checked this past week and they reported 266 bass to 5.34 pounds, 16 crappie to a pound, and 16 bluegill to 1.3 pounds. Otay is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. General lake information: (619) 465-3474 or Rental boat and concession information: (619) 397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: There were two anglers checked and they reported four bass to 3 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) or

MURRAY: There were 24 anglers checked this past week and they reported four bass to 6.2 pounds. The marina staff reports the bass and panfish bites are good. Justin Hafer, San Diego, had two bass over 10 pounds with the best at 10-4, both on shiners near the dock. Taylor Battaglia, Kearney Mesa, landed an eight-pound bass, also on shiners. Joe and Kai Chin, San Diego, had a stringer of six redear and bass, topped by a 3-5 bass. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Lake information: (619) 466-4847 or There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the new concession number is (619) 466-4847.

MIRAMAR: There were 19 anglers checked and they reported 45 bass and five rainbow trout. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Marina concession: (858) 527-1722. General information: (619) 465-3474 or New boat rental and concession information: (858) 527-1722.

SUTHERLAND: There were 46 anglers checked and they reported 55 bass to 4.25 pounds, three bluegill to nearly a pound, two crappie to 1.5 pounds, and one carp. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or Rental boat reservations: (619) 668-2050 or

WOHLFORD: The trout action has remained fair to good with plants March 25 and another slated for Wednesday this week. The Senior Shoreline area has been the best and PowerBait is getting the most fish. Josh Dowhen, Vista, landed a 6.8-pound bass on a jig at the west buoy line. Plastics and crawdads are also getting fish. More crappie have been reported in the past week on small jigs or small golden shiners. Colloin Eddo, Vista, had a 2.5-pound crappie in Oakvale Cove on a shiner. Only a few catfish or bluegill are showing. For information contact the Ranger Station at (760) 839-4346 or go to the website at

DOANE POND: No recent DFW plants.

DIXON LAKE: The trout action has been steady and a 3,000-pound plant was slated for this Wednesday. The best action has continued to be off Pier 1, Whisker Bay, and Jack Creek Cove. A number of anglers have reported limits. Les and John Crine, Murrieta, had 10 trout averaging about two pounds each fishing PowerBait at the buoy line. The bass action has also continued fair to good with a lot of small males in the catch. There was a 7-pound class largemouth landed by Jason Dobson, Escondido, fishing near the boat dock. Fair action on catfish, and more bluegill are starting to be caught. Lake information: (760) 839-4680 or

POWAY: Good trout action after last week’s plant. The best bite has been in the deeper parts of the lake for boat anglers with quite a few limits reported. The water has become so warm the last two plants of the season have been cancelled. The bass action has been good with a lot of 2-pound class fish. Anglers are reminded that all bass are catch-and-release through May 31. Catfish are pretty fair on cut baits with fish to 5 pounds reported this week. Lake information: (858) 668-4772, tackle shop recording (858) 486-1234, or

JENNINGS: The trout bite is good with a lot of limits of rainbows with a few Lightning Trout mixed in. The best action has been the buoy line and in Half Moon Cove on PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers. Cactus Patch, and Hermit Cove have also produced fish. Best trout reported was a 12-pounder landed by Jason Casison, Poway, on a Kastmaster near the boat dock. Joe Shaw of El Cajon, had stringer of five trout that weighed 7-4 total, all on chartreuse PowerBait. 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. The redear bite is also starting to kick into gear. Thomas Kerstetter, Lakeside, had three redear that weighed 4-12 total on mini jigs near the big rock. Information: (619) 390-1300 or 

MORENA: Fair to good trout action, especially around the boat dock on countdown Rapalas, Kastmaster, Thomas Buoyants, or nightcrawlers. Robert Thacker, Campo, landed a 6-8 rainbow on a nightcrawler to the left of the boat dock. Meanwhile, Justice Gross, San Diego, landed his first fish, a 1-6 rainbow on PowerBait. The bass action has been good with the fish still in the shallows. Plastics, swim baits, cranks, and jigs are all getting fish. Austin Holmgren, Boulevard, caught and released a 15-pound class bass that was 28 inches long with a 22-inch girth. Improving catfish action on bonita, chicken liver, and mackerel in the coves. Few panfish reported this week. Information: 24-hour fishing update line (619) 478-5473, ranger station (619) 579-4101, or

CUYAMACA: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Mt. Lassen rainbows and Lightning Trout went in last week and are slated again for next week. The trout bite has been very good with a lot of limits reported and some real quality fish landed. Lake staff reported a new lake record 17-8 rainbow (breaking the old record of 15-4), but didn’t have the name of the angler. Micky Roman, Pine Valley, had a 14-8 rainbow landed on two-pound test from the Chamber’s Park shoreline, while Paul Mintzer, Hemet, also had a 14-8 on an inflated nightcrawler, also in the Chamber’s Park area. Bill Gossack, Ranchita, had three rainbows that weighed 16-pounds, including a 10-pounder. A few catfish are starting to show. Information: (760) 765-0515 or

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

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