San Diego Area Lakes, April 26 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake’s final trout plants of the season were last week – 4,500 pounds total – for 21st Annual Hidden Valley held Saturday and Sunday. Other lakes getting their final plants of the year last week include Jennings, Poway, and Wohlford.

Lake Cuyamaca is slated to get trout plants May 22 and Jun. 15, and it was planted last week.

Santee Lakes kicked off catfish season with a plant of 2,000 pounds of cats three weeks ago, and there was a second plant last Friday.

At the San Diego City Lakes, Barrett is still closed for the season, but should be opening soon.

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 (mostly just males protecting nests in shallow). 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 finally started to back off a little, but still fair action Lower Otay, and a few fish are still showing 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 El Capitan, 36 anglers reported catching 201 bass, 76 bluegill, 14 crappie, and nine blue catfish to 22.6 pounds. At Hodges, 177 anglers reported 57 bass, 16 bluegill, six crappie, and six channel catfish. At Miramar, 26 anglers reported 71 bass to 4.55 pounds. At Lower Otay, 57 anglers caught 444 bass to 4.6 pounds, 378 bluegill, and 64 crappie. At San Vincente, 126 anglers landed 381 bass to 4.93 pounds, and 24 bluegill.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At Murray, Gary Born, Victor, ID, had five bluegill that weighed 6.89 pounds, including one at 2.2 pounds, all on meal worms. Bill Griffith, La Mesa, had five bass for a total of 14.89 pounds, and his best was a 5.65-pounder. At Lower Otay, Josh Riley, Chula Vista, had 20 bluegill for a 19.68-pound stringer, and his best was a 1.45-pounder. All were caught on meal worms.

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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