NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: The rainbow trout action continues to be fair to good (and sometimes excellent) at lakes getting planted with private hatchery fish. Jennings is the top dog in plants with weekly stocks, getting 1,000 pounds this week after a skip week last week. Wohlford and Dixon are getting plants alternating weeks, with each receiving a plants last week and next week. Poway is slated to get 3,000 pounds this week. Poway is now closed on Mondays and Tuesdays to boating and fishing. Cuyamaca is also getting plants every two weeks with 1,000 pounds of Jess Ranch trout last week and 1,100 pounds of Mt. Lassen trout March 8. There are no DFW plants scheduled for last week or this week. Last state plants were four weeks ago at Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Jennings, Lake Miramar, Lake Murray, Lake Wohlford, Lindo Lake, and Morena Reservoir.
Other than trout bites, there is a generally good bass bite throughout the region thanks to the unseasonably warm weather. The bass have moved into the shallows in a major pre-spawn movement of fish. There is also a fair to good crappie bite at Lake Hodges and a few slabs showing at El Capitan and Lower Otay.
Top fish this past week: On Friday (Feb. 26) a 16 1/4-pound largemouth bass caught at Lake Wohlford by Greg Springer, Vista, The warming water temperatures have turned on the bass bite off the south shore rock pile. He was throwing a swimbait from shore when he caught the biggest bass landed at Wohlford in over 15 years. It could easily end up being the biggest bass landed in Southern California this year. And speaking of bass, at Poway, Mitch Philips, Clairemont, landed a five-pounder.
On the trout front, at Morena Lake, James Drzewiecki and Tim Ruth, both El Cajon, had a 17-12 stringer of rainbows topped off with a 6-8. All were caught on chartreuse PowerBait near the dock. At Cuyamaca, Dave Miller, San Diego, had stringers two days this past week. The first had trout to 8-8 and on the second his best fish was a 7-4. All were caught on garlic and corn PowerBait dipped in Pautzke’s liquid krill scent. Mark Van Keuren, Alpine, landed a seven-pounder on a Power Worm.
BARRETT: Closed. Lake information: 619-465-3474.
HODGES: Information: 760-432-2023.
EL CAPITAN: Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.
LOWER OTAY: Information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.
UPPER OTAY: Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.
MURRAY: Lake information: 619-466-4847. Concession: 619-466-4847.
MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
SUTHERLAND: Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or email@example.com.
WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346.
DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680.
POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234.
JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300.
MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101.
CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515.
HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.