San Diego Area Lakes, April 5 report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake was planted with trout last week and the final two plants of the season will be April 18 (4,000 pounds) and April 20 (500 pounds of trophy fish). The 21st Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis charity derby will be April 21-22. Fishing permits are double the normal price for this event only. For more derby information, go to

Lake Jennings was planted with 1,500 pounds of rainbows this week, and the final plant of the season will be the week of April 16.
Poway Lake was slated to get fish this week and the last plant of the season is set for April 18. There were also plants two and four weeks ago. There will be a free trout fishing seminar April 8 to teach beginners how to catch trout.

At Lake Wohlford, there was a 1,500-pound plant last week, and the final plant of the season will be a 1,500-pound stock April 20.
Santee Lakes kicks off catfish season with a plant of 2,000 pounds of cats this week, including large fish to 12 pounds. Prizes awarded for the top five cats this weekend. There were also 1,000-pound trout plants two and four weeks ago.

Lake Cuyamaca is slated to get trout Apr. 19, May 22, and Jun. 15. A DFW trout plant also went in two weeks ago, along with private fish.

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 last week, and trout were planted at Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, and Lake Murray two 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 is probably the best bet this week, but Poway, Dixon, Cuyamaca, and Wohlford are pretty fair. Santee Lakes is slow for trout and kicks off its catfish stocking season this week.

The bass bite has been good across the board with the warm weather and fish advancing through the spawn. The fish have flooded into the shallows this past week and 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 also pretty decent for anglers targeting the bass.

The bluegill and redear action has mostly been slow, but the action has been improving daily this past week. Lower Otay, El Capitan, and Hodges have all been fair on the the panfish. The crappie action has been good at Lower Otay, and a fair at El Capitan, Hodges, Sutherland, Vicente, 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, 66 anglers checked reported 339 bass to 6.2 pounds, 59 bluegill, 189 crappie, nine blue catfish, and six channel cats. At Hodges, 111 anglers caught 47 bass, 21 crappie, eight channel catfish, and six bluegill. At Lower Otay, 73 anglers landed 701 bass to seven pounds, 125 crappie to 2.2 pounds, 46 bluegill to 1.2 pounds, and one redear. At San Vicente, 125 anglers landed 644 bass to 8 pounds. At Sutherland, 47 anglers reported 197 bass and four crappie.

NOTABLE CATCHES: None this week.

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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