San Diego Area Lakes 3/16/2012


BARRETT: The lake will open to fishing in May. Reservations will be made through Ticketmaster starting on the second Tuesday in April, at (800) 745-3000 or Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or

HODGES: There were 191 anglers who caught 275 bass, 119 crappie and one channel catfish. The top bass was a 13.2-pounder landed by Richard Miller, Murrieta, on a crankbait at the dam. The lake is open to fishing on a Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday schedule. Rental boat and concession information: (760) 432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: There were DFG trout plants last week and two weeks ago. No trout reports. There were 42 anglers checked who reported landing 47 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 Rental boat and concession information: (619) 443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: There were DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. There were 87 anglers checked who had 46 bass to 4.56 pounds, 12 bluegill to .81 pounds, one rainbow at 1.5 pounds, and one blue cat. Gary Smith, Compton, had that blue, a 17.7-pounder from the Otay Arm on a nightcrawler. John Getgen and Frank Martinez, San Diego, had five bass that weighed 19.54 pounds, including a 13.12-pounder caught on a swimbait. George Pierce and Chuck Miller, San Diego, had five bass for 24.7 pounds, and their top fish was a 6.13-pounder. Bowfishing for carp is now allowed here. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. General lake information: (619) 465-3474 or Rental boat and concession information: (619) 397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: There were 13 anglers who reported 22 bass to 5.32 pounds and three bluegill to .55 pounds. The lake is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 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

MURRAY: Pretty fair trout action and DFG trout plants went in last week and three weeks ago. The bass bite has broken open as the fish move into the shallows to spawn. There were five-fish limits reported by a number of anglers but the biggest bass was a 3.4-pounder landed by Kevin Norling, San Diego. Most of the fish are showing on drop-shot plastics. Overall, 34 anglers reported 67 bass and six rainbow trout. Other species have been very slow. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or 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 New boat rental and concession information: (858) 527-1722.

SUTHERLAND: Closed. The lake reopens March 17 on a Saturday, Sunday, Monday schedule. Lake information: (619) 465-3474 or Rental boat reservations: (619) 668-2050 or

WOHLFORD: The trout bite improved after the plant last Wednesday, with pretty good action in Boat Dock Cove. Rene Dodson, Escondido, landed a 5.9-pound rainbow on a trout plastic in Oakvale Cove. Best bite has been on PowerBaits and Power Worms in green and yellow and inflated nightcrawlers are also a good bet. Next plant will be March 21. The bass bite has been steadily improving with a lot of smaller fish moving shallow for the spawn. Rod Blunt, Valley Center, landed a 5.6-pounder, while Kelsey Kennedy, Valley Center, landed a 4.65-pound largemouth. Slow other species. Fishing is allowed seven days a week. Private boat launching is not allowed because of Quagga mussel fears. Information: (760) 839-4346 or

DOANE POND: No recent DFG plants.

DIXON LAKE: Trout action picked back up after a 1,500-pound plant of Nebraska Tailwalkers last week. The best bite has been in Catfish and Boat Dock coves, with Trout Dove and Whisker Bay close seconds. Top fish was a 10-4 landed by Ken Kusumoto, El Monte, on an orange mini jig inside of Trout Cove. His fishing partner Ken Yamani, Simi Valley, weighed in a 6-4. Rex Hickman, Vista, fishing from Boat Dock Cove pulled a 7-11 and a 6-9 on a Thomas Buoyant lure. Best action on very light leaders and little weigh when fishing PowerBait in greens and yellows. The bass action is improving with some fish already in the shallows. Craw Bacilek, Escondido, landed a 6-4 bass on a plastic black worm near Bass Point. No catfish or panfish reports. No state fishing license required here. Lake information: (760) 839-4680 or

POWAY: Trout plant last week has kept the trout action good, in spite of winds. Top action was in Bucktail Bay, Hidden Bay and Boulder Bay this week, and the north shore was generally good. Half Moon Bay remains tough. should keep the action good. Top fish was a 10-pound rainbow landed by Sean Reed, La Mesa, on a jig. The bass are starting to move into the shallows and showing on plastics and reaction baits. Most of the fish are smaller, in the 2-pound class, but some bigger fish are cruising. Also some redear starting to show. A fish topping 1 pound was landed near the fishing float. 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

JENNINGS: The bass bite has really kicked into gear, with a lot of fish showing in the past week. The fish are mostly moving into the bank and on beds. Plastics, jigs and reaction baits are all working. Craig Adolphi, Lakeside, had bass at 6-4, 5-8, and 3-8 fishing Huddleston swimbiat in boat dock cove. The trout bite continues to improve with each weekís plant, but the action is still tough. Trollers are still doing better than bank anglers with the best action in Hermit Cove and Eagle Point. Nightcrawlers, Power Worms and PowerBait are the top trout baits. 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

MORENA: The trout bite has remains good, with the fish showing from Paradise Cove to the dam. The bass bite has been steadily improving with some nice fish being landed in shallow water on plastics and jigs. Jim Hall, Campo, landed a 4-pound largemouth. Other species have been slow with few reports. Information: 24-hour fishing update line (619) 478-5473, ranger station (619) 579-4101, or

CUYAMACA: The trout bite has been fair to good, with a few limits reported, and the most recent plant went in Monday. 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

HENSHAW: The crappie bite is still fair, and some catfish are also being caught. Winds really hampered fishing this past week. Most of the crappie are in the 1-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.

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