San Diego Area Lakes, April 19 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake’s final trout plants of the season this week, with 4,000 pounds Wednesday and 500 pounds of trophy fish on Friday. The 21st Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis charity derby will be this Saturday and Sunday. Fishing permits are double the normal price for this event only. For more derby information, go to

Lake Jennings final plant of the season this week, and there was a plant two weeks ago.

Poway Lake’s final plant of the season is this week, and there was a plant two weeks ago.

At Lake Wohlford, its final trout plant of the season is this week, and there was a 1,500-pound plant three weeks ago.

Lake Cuyamaca is slated to get trout plants this week, May 22, and Jun. 15. A DFW trout plant also went in four weeks ago.

Santee Lakes kicked off catfish season with a plant of 2,000 pounds of cats two weeks ago, including large fish to 12 pounds.

At the San Diego City Lakes, Hodges, Barrett and Sutherland are closed for the season. El Capitan’s boat rental is closed for the season. ‘Cap and San Vicente are on their winter schedules.

There were DFW trout plant at Lake Jennings three weeks ago, and trout were planted at Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, and Lake Murray four weeks ago. None on the list for this week.

FISHING UPDATE: The trout bite has been fair to good at most of the lakes, but the season is winding down. Most lakes get their last stocked this month. The bite is best the two to three days after the plants, but all the lakes have had enough plants that there is a pretty good stockpile of fish that keeps the bite pretty fair. The usual array of floating dough baits, Mice Tails, and small trout jigs are the best bets. Jennings and Cuyamaca are probably the best bets this week, but Poway, Dixon, and Wohlford are still pretty fair. Santee Lakes is slow for trout and kicked off its catfish stocking season last week.

The bass bite has been good across the board with the warm weather and fish advancing through the spawn. The fish are still mostly stacked up in the shallows, but many are already backing out. The bite is best on small plastics and reaction baits. Lower Otay, San Vicente, and El Capitan are the top bets with very good action, but Sutherland is nearly as good. Murray and Hodges are several notches behind but also pretty decent for anglers targeting the bass.

The bluegill and redear action is kicking into high gear, especially at Lower Otay, but also at El Capitan and San Vicente. Hodges is also starting to perk. The crappie action has been good at Lower Otay, and there is a fair at El Capitan, Hodges, Sutherland, and Murray.
The catfish are still getting very light pressure right now so there have been few reports.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At Hodges, 60 anglers reported 20 bass, 75 bluegill, 25 channel catfish, and 13 crappie. At Miramar, 20 anglers reported 63 bass to 3.7 pounds. At Lower Otay, 60 anglers checked reported 496 bass to 5.5 pounds, 249 bluegill, and 64 crappie. At San Vicente, 123 anglers reported 549 bass to 6.5 pounds and 25 bluegill to 3.65 pounds. At Sutherland, 23 anglers landed 45 bass to 4 pounds, 13 crappie, and 12 bluegill.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At San Vicente, a 3.65-pound bluegill was caught by Brian Schulte, San Diego, on a plastic worm.

BARRETT: Weekly fish counts: Lake information: 619-465-3474 or

HODGES: Weekly fish counts: Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: Information: 619-465-3474 or Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.

MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: Lake information: 619-466-4847 or Concession: 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or

SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or

SUTHERLAND: Weekly fish counts: Lake information: 619-465-3474 or Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or

SANTEE LAKES: Lake information: 619-596-3141 or

WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or

DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or

POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or

JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or

MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or

CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.

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