Fish Report-Freshwater, May 6 ed

BARRETT: There were 165 anglers checked opening weekend and they reported 2,565 bass. Lake information: (619) 465-3474.

HODGES: There were 86 anglers checked this past week and they reported 57 bass and five crappie. Information:(760) 432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: There were 154 anglers checked this past week and they reported 312 bass to 11.18 pounds, six blue catfish, two channel cats, and two crappie. The lake is open Thursday through Monday with boat rentals available all five days. General lake information: (619) 465-3474.

LOWER OTAY: There were 73 anglers checked this past week and they reported 265 bass to 9-10. 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 five bass to 3-15. 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 111 anglers checked this past week and they reported catching 31 bass and 13 bluegill. The marina reports a very good bluegill and redear bite with bass also showing in good numbers. Justin Hafer, San Diego, had 10 bass to eight pounds on shiners in Del Cerro Bay, while Josh Milan, Julian, landed a 4-pound bass on a Senko. In spite of DFW plants trout are slow. DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. Lake information: (619) 466-4847. There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the new concession number is (619) 466-4847.

MIRAMAR: There were 21 anglers checked and they reported 72 bass and 10 bluegill. DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. Marina concession: (858) 527-1722. General information: (619) 465-3474.

SUTHERLAND: There were 46 anglers checked and they reported 39 bass, three bluegill to nearly a pound, and 12 crappie to 2.2 pounds. Teri McQuien, Ramona, had a 6-pound bass on a nightcrawler. Lake information: (619) 465-3474. Rental boat reservations: (619) 668-2050 or

WOHLFORD: Trout action is fair off the south shoreline, Oakvale Cove, and the areas west of the Senior Shorline. Rainbow PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and MiceTails have been the best baits. Rudy Isaguirre, Escondido, landed a 7-8 trout on a nightcrawler in Boat Dock Cove. Bass remain fair to good on plastics, crawdads, and reaction baits. Crappie slow, but a few redear and bluegill are showing. Catfish are improving with fair to good action on chicken liver and mackerel. For information contact the Ranger Staton at (760) 839-4346.

DOANE POND: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.

DIXON LAKE: Fair trout action even if the last plant was two weeks ago. John Stedman, Escondido had a a pair of five-pound rainbows on mini jigs from Whisker Bay. The best action has continued to be off Pier 1, Whisker Bay, and Jack Creek Cove. The bass action has also continued fair to good, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Fair action on catfish, and more bluegill are starting to be caught. The water level will drop for about two weeks for maintenance at the spillways. Lake information: (760) 839-4680.

POWAY: Slow to fair trout action after the final plant of the season four weeks ago. The best bite has been in the deeper parts of the lake for boat anglers. A five-pounder was caught in Hiddlen Bay on PowerBait, and a 6-pounder was landed off the log boom on a live shiner. The bass action has been good with a lot of two-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.

JENNINGS: The trout bite has been good at the buoy line and Cloiser Cove on nightcrawlers and Power Bait. Dave and Karen Dalton, San Diego, had trout at 3-4 and 2-12 on PowerBait in Eagle Cove, while Blaze Bautista, San Diego, had a limit of five rainbows on rainbow PowerBait at the buoy line with the stringer weighing in at 8-1. The bass bite is also good on drop-shotted plastics and small jigs. The redear bite is also starting to kick into gear. Information: (619) 390-1300. 

MORENA: The trout bite has been fair to good with some limits reported by anglers fishing near the dam with inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and MiceTails. Tom Bossard, Jacumaba, had limits of rainbows on both of his trips this past week. DFW trout plant this week. Bass are fair too good with the best bite on plastics and reaction baits. Lots of fish up chasing baitfish. Carp are very good, especially on dough baits. Catfish fair on cut baits, while bluegill and crappie are spotty. Information: 24-hour fishing update line (619) 478-5473, ranger station (619) 579-4101.

CUYAMACA: Mt. Lassen rainbows went in last week and fish to 12-8 have been reported. DFW trout plant this week. Overall, just fair trout action. Bass are fair to good on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. A few catfish are showing, and the bite on small crappie is good. Information: (760) 765-0515 or

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