Fish Report-Freshwater, May 20

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BARRETT: There were 238 anglers checked this past week and they reported 3,920 bass. Lake information: (619) 465-3474.

HODGES: There were 102 anglers checked this past week and they reported 151 bass to 6.7 pounds, one channel catfish, and one carp. Information: (760) 432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: There were 62 anglers checked this past week and they reported 200 bass to 5.5 pounds, four crappie, and four channel catfish. The lake is open Thursday through Monday with boat rentals available all five days. General lake information: (619) 465-3474.

LOWER OTAY: There were 70 anglers checked this past week and they reported 248 bass to 4-11. Otay is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. General lake information: (619) 465-3474.

UPPER OTAY: There were two anglers checked and they reported seven bass to 2-14. 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 41 anglers checked this past week and they reported catching two bluegill. The marina reports good bass action on live shiners, swimbaits, and plastics, and the bluegill bite is excellent on worms. A local bass tournament produced one bass at 9.9 pounds. Michael Maden, Los Angeles, had an eight-pound bass on a swimbait in Padre Bay, while Brandon Powers, San Diego, landed a 5.2-pound bass on a live shiner. Bandith Xaysana, San Diego, had a pair of two-pound bluegill on red worms. 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 40 bass and 15 bluegill. Marina concession: (858) 527-1722. General information: (619) 465-3474. New boat rental and concession information: (858) 527-1722.

SUTHERLAND: There were 25 anglers checked and they reported 22 bass to 3.8 pounds and 11 crappie to 2.2 pounds. Lake information: (619) 465-3474. Rental boat reservations: (619) 668-2050 or

WOHLFORD: The trout bite has slowed way down with only the odd fish still showing from deeper water along the south shoreline, Oakvale Cove, and west of the Senior Shoreline. The bass bite is fair to good with mostly 1-8 to two-pound bass. Crappie improved with fair action this past week on small jigs and small shiners. A few redear and bluegill are showing, and the catfish bite is improving on chicken liver and mackerel. For information contact the Ranger Staton at (760) 839-4346.

DOANE POND: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.

DIXON LAKE: The trout bite has been slow to fair for anglers fishing PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers dressed up with garlic scent. Jack Creek Cove, Whisker Bay, and Pier No. 1 have been the top spots, but the action is best in the deeper water off these spots. Catfish are fair on shrimp in Whisker Bay. Bass fair to good on plastics, nightcrawlers, and increasingly on reaction baits. Wayne Forrest, Oceanside, landed a 6-pound bass on a jig in Whisker Bay, while Miguel Torres, Escondido, landed a 5-pounder off Pier 1. Lake information: (760) 839-4680.

POWAY: The bass action has been good with a lot of 2-pound class fish on plastics and swimbaits, especially along the eastern shore and the fishing pier. Anglers are reminded that all bass are catch-and-release through May 31. Catfish are pretty fair on cut baits at the log boom and fishing pier. The first catfish stock is set for June 12 with night fishing to start after that. Very slow trout action in the deeper parts of the lake for boat anglers. Lake information: (858) 668-4772, tackle shop recording (858) 486-1234.

JENNINGS: Trout action remains slow to fair in deep water along the buoy line. Bass are fair to good on plastics fished drop-shot style around any structure. Night fishing season starts May 22 (the lake will open 4 p.m. that day) to coincide with the catfish season opener and the first plant of the season. Sit-in kayaks are also now allowed on the lake (no inflatables) and they must be at least 10 feet long. Information: (619) 390-1300.

MORENA: The bass action has been good with some quality fish reported. The best bite has been on swim baits for bigger fish, but plastics, nightcrawlers, smaller reaction baits, and jigs have all be getting fish. Tom Bossard, Jacumba, had bass at 10 and six pounds on swimbaits, while Austin Holmgren, Boulevard, landed a 7-7, also on a swimbait. The trout bite remains surprisingly fair, including some limits. John Brennan, Jacumba, landed a 10-8 rainbow on a spinner, and a limit was posted by Janessa Dart, Jacuma. Some catfish showing on cut baits, but the bluegill, crappie, and carp bites are all off. Information: 24-hour fishing update line (619) 478-5473, ranger station (619) 579-4101, or

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