Fish Report, May 23 Ed

 HODGES: No county report available. Crappie have slowed way down and the bass are just fair. Carp and catfish have been the best bets. Bluegill are spotty. Information: 760-432-2023.     

EL CAPITAN: The county staff check 160 anglers who reported 276 bass to 8.72 pounds and three channel catfish. 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 check 58 anglers who reported 204 bass to 16.2 pounds, 38 bluegill to 2.4 pounds, and 10 crappie to 1.4. Otay is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. General lake information: 619-465-3474. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.      

UPPER OTAY: No county report available. 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: No county report available. Marina staff report the bass are off the beds chasing baitfish and the bluegill with pretty good action. The bluegill bite is fair to good with some good stringers reported. Lake information: 619-466-4847. There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the new concession number is 619-466-4847.     

MIRAMAR: County staff check 22 anglers who reported 57 bass, 15 bluegill and three crappie. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474. New boat rental and concession information: 858-527-1722.     

SUTHERLAND: The county staff checked 43 anglers who reported 43 bass to 4.1 pounds, 13 carp to 4.75 pounds, five catfish, and four crappie to 1.2 pounds. Shane Tarbell, Ramona, had a 22-pound blue catfish on chicken liver. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.     

WOHLFORD: Catfish plants will begin in July. Trout have been slowing with a few showing in deep water in the western part of the lake and along the south shore. PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers top baits. The bass bite has been good but mostly on small fish. The shad have moved up and reaction baits and plastics are the best bets for the bass. A few crappie continue to show early mornings on small jigs or shiners, and the catfish bite is starting to take off with some fish to 10 pounds or better reported. For information contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346.

DOANE POND: No recent DFW plants.     

DIXON LAKE: The bass bite has been fair with tough conditions over the past week. Drop-shot plastics and reaction baits have been the best bet. A few trout continue to show from deep water. Catfish plants start July 10. No state fishing license is required here. Lake information: 760-839-4680.    

POWAY: Trout action has been slow after the final plant of the season two weeks ago. The best bite on rainbow PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and Power Worms fished drop-shot style on light line in the deep water in Hidden Bay and Half Moon Bay. Bass fair to good on plastics and small swimbaits with some good reaction bait action early and late in the day. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234.  

JENNINGS: The trout bite is off and on, but there is still a high inventory spread throughout the lake. Best action has been in deeper water. Catfish are a bit ahead of schedule compared to the past few years with the bite picking up for those targeting them. Bass continue to be fair to good, with ones and twos being caught, but no limits. Top largemouth reported was a five-pound class fish. Few other species reported. Information: 619-390-1300.      

MORENA: The trout action is slow to fair on nightcrawlers at the dam. Bass are pretty good on reaction baits as the fish are up chasing baits. Bluegill are spawning with fair to good action in four to 10 feet of water on red worms or crickets. Other species are slow. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101.   

CUYAMACA: The trout action has been good with weekly private plants that include trophy fish in each stock. The best action has been on a half-nightcrawler-PowerBait combo, but Mice Tails, and small jigs have also been good. Top trout reported was a 9-8 rainbow landed by Peter Lloyd, San Diego on a silver Kastmaster from Pump House Cove. Trout at 8-12 were reported by Eric Kroll, La Mesa, and Ted Watson, San Diego. The largemouth bass action has been good with most of the fish in less than 10 feet of water. Ron Gailey, Yuma, Ariz., landed a 9-6 bass on a Creek Hopper. A few catfish are showing and the crappie bite is good for small fish. Catch of the week: a 28-pound sturgeon landed by John Hodges, Spring Valley, fishing nightcrawlers. Information: 760-765-0515.

HENSHAW: No reports. Information: 760-782-3501. 

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