San Diego Area Lakes, Aug. 10 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: A 1,000-pound catfish plants went into Lake Jennings last week, with additional 1,000-pound plants slated for the weeks of Aug. 14, and Aug. 28. Dixon and Wohlford also received catfish last week, and it was the last plant of the season for Wohlford. Poway received 1,300 pounds last week and will get another stock the week of Aug. 18.

FISHING UPDATE: While the bass action remains fair to good at most waters in the region, the bluegill and redear action is also still fair to good at most lakes and probably still holds the top billing. Most are hand-sized, weighing less than a half-pound, but some bigger. Lower Otay and Hodges have been hotspots and some fish continue to weigh more than a pound. Also pretty good bluegill bites at Barrett, San Vicente, Murray, El Capitan, and Jennings. Barrett took a nosedive for bass this past week due to heat and water conditions, but Lower Otay has been fair to good with fish to four pounds reported. Morena, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Hodges also remain pretty good on bass, with topwater action most mornings and evenings, but still mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Trout season is pretty much over except at Cuyamaca, which has been OK in deeper water on floating baits and inflated nightcrawlers. Catfish season is in full swing at most waters with some good catches being reported at all the lakes.
FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At Barrett Lake, 61 anglers reported 400 bass. At Hodges, 68 anglers reported 35 bass, 23 bluegill, six channel catfish, and five carp. At Miramar, 20 anglers had 49 bass to four pounds and six bluegill to just over a pound. At Murray, 14 anglers reported five bass. At Lower Otay, 55 anglers reported 464 bass to 3.75 pounds and 358 bluegill to one pound. At San Vicente, 69 anglers reported 86 bass and 70 bluegill. At Sutherland, 35 anglers reported nine bass, 14 bluegill, two crappie, and one carp.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Lower Otay, John Talbert, Anaheim, caught five catfish for a total stringer weight of 60.45 pounds and his big fish was a 28.85-pounder. All were landed on mackerel at the dam. At Hodges, Casy Quin, San Diego, landed four bass for a total weight of 12.65 pounds, including one at 6.85 pounds, all on Senkos. At Lake Murray, Kenny Jablecki, San Diego, had a 5.75-pound bass on a black Senko near the dock.

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

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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