BARRETT: The lake will open to fishing in May. Reservations will be made through Ticketmaster starting on the second Tuesday in April by calling (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
HODGES: There were 148 anglers who caught 103 bass to 8 pounds, 89 crappie, five carp and two bluegill this past week. The lake is open to fishing on a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday schedule. Rental boat and concession information: (760) 432-2023.
EL CAPITAN: There were DFG trout plants this week and three weeks ago. There were 90 anglers checked who reported landing 106 bass. Bowfishing for carp is now allowed here. The lake is open Thursday through Monday with boat rentals available all five days (closed to fishing on Sundays). General lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: (619) 443-4110.
LOWER OTAY: There were DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. There were 89 anglers checked who had 62 bass to 5.73 pounds, six blue cats, and two channel cats. There were also a few trout and crappie landed. Gary Smith, Compton, had five blue cats for a total of 93.8 pounds, including a 25.9-pound fish, all on nightcrawlers. Buddy Banks, Lemon Grove, landed a 16.5-pound cat on mackerel. In a Saturday bass event, 20 anglers in 16 boats had 45 bass topped by a 4.8-pound. In a Sunday event, there were 15 boats and 30 anglers who caught 75 bass to 7.2 pounds. Best fish-fish stringer was 17.45 pounds. Bruce Brown, Chula Vista, had four crappie topped by a 2.5-pounder, all on crappie jigs in Harvey’s Arm. Bowfishing for carp is now allowed here. The lake 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: There were 11 anglers who reported 27 bass to 4.65 pounds and two bluegill to .57 poundss this past week. The lake is open on 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: Pretty fair trout action and DFG trout plants went in last week and three weeks ago. The bass bite has also been steadily improving with some quality fish showing on bigger swimbaits. Other species have been very slow. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the new concession number is (619) 466-4847.
MIRAMAR: No fishing report. The lake is open for fishing seven days a week. Rental boats are available on Saturday and Sunday. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. New boat rental and concession information: (858) 527-1722.
SUTHERLAND: Closed. The lake reopens March 17 on a Saturday, Sunday and Monday schedule. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: (619) 668-2050 or email@example.com.
WOHLFORD: Continued fair to good trout action, with the last plant Feb. 15 and the next plant set for March 7. Best bite has been on PowerBaits and Power Worms in greens and yellows or inflated nightcrawlers. Top fish this past week was a seven-pound rainbow landed by Jesse Tran, San Diego, on a nightcrawler in Boat Dock Cove. Eric Emanuel, Valley Center, had a 6.6-pounder on a nightcrawler at the west buoys, while Sam Morfin, Escondido, had five rainbows for 12.4-pounds total. John O’Day, Mira Mesa, weighed in a 4-pounder. The bass action had been steadily improving last week with the warm weather. Eric Shaw, San Marcos, landed a 7.65-pounder on an inflated nightcrawler. Crappie are slow, but a few are showing early in the morning on small shiners or finger jigs. Fishing is allowed seven days a week. Private boat launching is not allowed because of Quagga mussel fears. Information: (760) 839-4346 or wohlfordlake.com.
DOANE POND: No recent DFG plants.
DIXON LAKE: The trout bite slowed a little with the last plant Feb. 15, but a plant next week of Nebraska Tailwalkers should kick the action back into gear. The best bite has been in Catfish and Boat Dock coves with Trout Dove and Whisker Bay close seconds. The pattern has been for limits to rule for three to four days after the plant and then the bite to slow after that. Most of the rainbows are 1-8 to three pounds, and PowerBaits in rainbow, chartreuse and orange or PowerWorms in the same colors have been the best bet, but nightcrawlers and the usual array of Kastmaster, Thomas Buoyants and Roostertails have also been good. A few bass are starting to stir in the shallows, and some catfish have been reported in Jack’s Creek after the Monday rains. No state fishing license required here. Lake information: (760) 839-4680 or dixonlake.com.
POWAY: The trout bite has slowed since the last plant Feb. 15 with the best bite along the north shore, in Half Moon Bay, and Hidden Bay. There were some limits brought in and Curt Cardevas, Rancho Bernardo, had a nice 10-pound, four-fish limit of rainbows on Saturday, fishing nightcrawlers. Next plant is set for March 7. The bass action has been improving with each warm day. Jason Saberon, Poway, caught and released a 7-pound bass on an Alabama Rig at the log boom. Catfish are fair off the log boom. Other species slow. The lake is normally open Wednesday through Sunday. A state fishing license is no longer required here. Lake information: (858) 668-4772, tackle shop recording (858) 486-1234 or poway.org.
JENNINGS: The trout bite has been very good for trollers using the drag-and-drop technique with a half a nightcrawler, between Cactus Patch and Eagle Point. You troll as slow as the motor will go for a minute using a single split-shot and half-nightcrawler, and then kick the motor into neutral and let the bait fall to the bottom — and then repeat. This tactic has consistently been producing limits of rainbows. The shore bite has been tougher. Another plant of Sierra Bows this week. The bass action is fair and improving with most of the action moving shallower with each warm day. Many fish fanning out beds. Craig Adolphi, Lakeside, landed a 10-4 largemouth on a Huddleston swimbait at Sentry Point. Other species slow. The lake is open Friday through Sunday, and shore fishing below the campground is available Monday through Thursday with permits available at the campground. Information: (619) 390-1300 or lakejennings.org.
MORENA: Fair to good trout action on gold Kastmasters, nightcrawlers, PowerBait, Shad Raps and spinners fished near the dam, in Paradise Cove and Pumphouse Cove. From Escondido Senior Anglers, Jim Davidson, Escondido, landed a 6-2 rainbow, while Cheryl Brandstrom, Escondido, had a 5-pounder to top off her limit. Both were using rainbow PowerBait. Tito Manning, Julian, landed a 6-pounder, and Dwight Shelley, Lemon Grove, had a 4-6 rainbow. Other species have been slow with few reports. Information: 24-hour fishing update line (619) 478-5473, ranger station (619) 579-4101 or lakemorena.com.
CUYAMACA: The trout bite has been good, with a few limits reported. Top trout this past week were a pair of 3-8 rainbows — one landed by Dustin Brown, El Cajon, to top off his limit landed on nightcrawlers from Kitchen Cove; while John Downey, Fallbrook, landed the other 3-8 on a Rapala in the west end of the lake. DFG trout plant this week. Private boats are allowed on the lake, including canoes and kayaks, but the boats must be sprayed for quagga mussels by a high-pressure-heated wash prior to entering the lake. The cost is $10 for the spraying and it lasts for multiple trips to Cuyamaca as long as the boat is not used in another reservoir. The decontamination wash down station is for all craft and items used in the water, including boats, motors, kayak, canoes, float tubes and waders. Information: (760) 765-0515 or lakecuyamaca.org.
HENSHAW: The crappie bite is starting to kick into gear, and a fair number of catfish are also being landed. Most of the crappie are in the one-pound range, while the cats have mostly been two to three pounds. All private boats must be checked and washed down for zebra and quagga mussels. Information: (760) 782-3501.