SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES
BARRETT: County staff checked 118 anglers who reported 1,371 bass, four bluegill and two crappie. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
HODGES: County staff checked 48 anglers who reported 73 bass. Marina staff report good catfish action in the shallow coves, fair to good bluegill action off the fishing platform, and fair bass action. Carp are very good for the few anglers target the carp. Eddie Johnson, Compton, had a 12-pound catfish. Information: (760) 432-2023.
EL CAPITAN: The bass action has been very good with the marina staff reporting most good bass anglers are averaging 20 fish per day. Plastics have been good throughout the day, and there is a good topwater bite early and late. In a local tournament, it took 27 pounds, including a 10-pounder, to win the event. Bluegill and catfish have also been pretty good. The lake is open Thursday through Monday with boat rentals available all five days. General lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: (619) 443-4110.
LOWER OTAY: County staff checked 94 anglers who landed 214 bass to 9.47 pounds, 29 bluegill to 1-8, and 15 catfish to 13 pounds. Marina staff report good action for bluegill with wax worms and meal worms the top baits. 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 sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: (619) 397-5212.
UPPER OTAY: County staff checked three anglers who reported 18 bass to 3.4 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 sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
MURRAY: Bass have been fair to good with a lot of topwater early and late. Plastics also a good bet. Alex Daum, San Diego, had five bass to four pounds drop-shotting. Catfish are showing in the deep water off the points opposite the marina, mostly on cut baits. A few crappie reported. Jeff Nolan, San Diego, had eight crappie averaging two pounds each. Lake information: (619) 466-4847 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the new concession number is (619) 466-4847.
MIRAMAR: County staff checked 18 anglers who reported 23 bass and 10 bluegill. Marina reports good bass action on drop-shot and Texas-rigged plastics and some topwater early and late. The catfish are fair go good around the docks and opposite the marina on cut baits. Marina concession: (858) 527-1722. General information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. New boat rental and concession information: (858) 527-1722.
SUTHERLAND: County staff checked 36 anglers who reported 42 bass to 3.95 pounds, 27 bluegill to a pound, six crappie to 1.2 pounds, five channel catfish to 4.85 pounds, five carp to five pounds, and one blue catfish at 35.7 pounds caught by Alfredo Lindsey, Temecula,l on chicken liver off the east bank. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: (619) 668-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOHLFORD: Slow to fair action, but the first catfish plant of the season was slated for this week. There will be a catfish derby 6 a.m. until midnight Saturday, July 5. The event will benefit the United States Navy Sea Cadet Corps. This is also free fishing day so no licenses are required that day. A few catfish are already showing on chicken liver or cut mackerel. The bass bite is fair with some good action early and late in the day. Best action near structure on crawdads, Shad Rap-style cranksbaits, or dark colored plastics. For information contact the Ranger Station at (760) 839-4346 or go to the website at wohlfordlake.com
DIXON LAKE: Catfish season kicks off July 10 with the first plant of the season. Night fishing will also begin that day. The cats have been spotty but a few are already showing on cut baits. The bass bite has been fair on drop-shot plastics and reaction baits in the coves early and late in the day. Most have been smaller fish. Bluegill and catfish have been improving with the warmer weather with both fair now. No state fishing license is required here. Lake information: (760) 839-4680 or dixonlake.com.
POWAY: Bass fair to good on plastics and small swimbaits with some good reaction bait action early and late in the day. The catfish bite is improving on cut baits and the first plant of the season is July 11. Small bluegill are good in most shallow shoreline areas with some bigger ‘gills in 12 to 20 feet of water. Lake information: (858) 668-4772, tackle shop recording (858) 486-1234, or poway.org.
JENNINGS: Overall fair action with a few catfish, bass, and bluegill showing. Trout slow, but few targeting the rainbows in deep water. Catfish plant this week, and catfish to 12 pounds have been reported. The best catfish action has been on cut baits at the bird trees. Information: (619) 390-1300 or lakejennings.org.
MORENA: The trout are still showing from deeper water at the dam, but few anglers are targeting the trout. The bass are fair on topwater early and late and then plastics after. Catfish are good with a few limits reported. Jeff Wolf and Billy Smith, both Lemon Grove, had 10 cats for a total weight of 21-2, all on chicken liver. Don Kolton, San Diego, had cats at 2-14 and 4-14 on nightcrawlers. Also good action on small bluegill and carp. Information: 24-hour fishing update line (619) 478-5473, ranger station (619) 579-4101, or lakemorena.com.
CUYAMACA: Algae starting to build up and impeding fishing, but the trout bite is still good after a Jess Ranch plant last week. DFW trout are slated for this week. Catfish fair to good, and quite a few bass showing early and late in the day. The bluegill and crappie bites slowed, however. Information: (760) 765-0515 or lakecuyamaca.org.