SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES
BARRETT: The lake is closed until spring. Lake information: (619) 465-3474.
HODGES: There were 72 anglers this past week and they reported 46 bass, 28 crappie, and one channel cat. Information: (760) 432-2023.
EL CAPITAN: The bass bite remains good with a lot of fish moving shallow in a major pre-spawn movement of fish. A few crappie and catfish are also being landed. The county reported checking 166 anglers who landed 471 bass, nine crappie, and three channel cats to 12 1/2 pounds. 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: The county staff reported 99 anglers who landed 204 bass, 48 crappie to just over a pound, and 24 bluegill to two pounds. Top bass was a 12.1-pounder caught by Larry Thompson, San Diego, on a swim bait in the Harvey’s Arm. Tim Girvin, Encinitas, landed a 5.5-pound bass, also on a swim bait, but in the Otay Arm. DFW trout were planted last week and next week. 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 www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.
UPPER OTAY: The county staff reported 15 anglers had 38 bass to just over six 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: The county staff checked 42 anglers and they reported just two bass. DFW trout plants last week and next week. The marina staff reports fair trout action at the buoy line on spinners and PowerBait. Most of the rainbows are about a pound. Bass and bluegill are really starting to improve. Chet Michaels, San Diego, had seven bass to four pounds on drop-shot plastics. John Collins, San Diego, landed a three-pound tilapia on a drop-shot plastics. Catfish are spotty, and only a few crappie are being reported. Lake information: (619) 466-4847. There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the new concession number is (619) 466-4847.
MIRAMAR: The county staff checked 20 anglers and they reported landing 39 bass and 13 rainbow trout. DFW trout plants last week and next week. Moe’s Hole has been the hotspot for the rainbows. Marina concession: (858) 527-1722. General information: (619) 465-3474. New boat rental and concession information: (858) 527-1722.
SUTHERLAND: The lake is now closed for the season and will reopen next spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: (619) 668-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOHLFORD: Trout action has been fair this past week and another plant Wednesday this week should perk the action again. Top rainbow reported was a 10.85-pounder landed by Anthony Duling, Fallbrook, on PowerBait off the Senior Shoreline. Jesus Rodriguez, Escondido, landed a 9.25-pounder. The bass are moving with quite a few fish being caught on plastics and nightcrawlers, and a few redear and crappie are also starting to show. For information contact the Ranger Station at (760) 839-4346.
DIXON LAKE: Trout plant this week should improve the fair bite. Trout Cove, Jack Creek Cove, Whisker Bay, and the buoy line have been the top spots with PowerBait in rainbow and chartreuse the top colors. Small trout plastics and trout jigs have also been good bets with a few fish showing on nightcrawlers and Kastmasters. Some improvement in the bass and crappie action. In fact, Joseph Garenhani, Oceanside, set a new lake record for crappie at 1-11 on a green Power Worm. Mike Dispensiero, San Marcos, landed bass at 7.2 and 6.8 pounds fishing plastics in the Boat Dock Cove area. Trout plants will continue to be 1,500 pounds alternating weeks through April 9 with a final 3,000-pound plant on April 23 for the annual Kiwanis’ Trout Derby April 27-28. No state fishing license is required here. Lake information: (760) 839-4680.
POWAY: Trout plant last week just before the Youth Fishing Derby this past Saturday. No results available. The trout bite has been good with the best action in Half Moon Bay and Hidden Bay with quite a few limits reported on PowerBait and nightcrawlers. The bass have been improving with the warmer weather this week and the best bite has been on drop-shot plastics and swim baits. Lake information: (858) 668-4772, tackle shop recording (858) 486-1234.
JENNINGS: The trout action has been good with the weekly stocks spreading throughout the lake and showing in good numbers from most locations. Trophy trout to 10 pounds or better are part of each week’s plant. Hermit’s Cove, Cactus Patch, Siesta Cove, and Eagle Cove are probably the best spots, and the trout are showing on PowerBait, Power Worms, small trout jigs, and inflated nightcrawlers. Best trout this past week was a 9-8 landed by Jeremy Fleck, Lakeside, on a jig in Half Moon Cove. He also had a seven-pound rainbow. Chris Keisler, Oceanside, had an eight-pounder on a yellow Roostertail in Hermit’s Cove. The tagged trout event kicks off Feb. 21. Information: (619) 390-1300.