San Diego Area Lakes, Aug. 17 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Lake Jennings was scheduled to get 1,000 pound plants of catfish this week and the week of Aug. 28. Dixon and Wohlford also received catfish two weeks ago, and it was the last plant of the season for Wohlford. Poway will get a 1,300 pound plant this week.

FISHING UPDATE: While the bass action remains fair at most waters in the region, the bluegill and redear action at Otay, Murray, and Hodges is pretty good. Most are hand-sized, weighing less than a half-pound, but some bigger. Also still fair action on bluegill at Barrett, San Vicente, El Capitan, and Jennings. Barrett took a nosedive for bass this past week again (but still pretty fair), but Lower Otay has been fair to good with fish to four pounds reported. Morena, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Hodges also remain fair 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 for anglers targeting the cats.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At Barrett Lake, 87 anglers landed 409 bass. At El Capitan, 67 bass to 4.5 pounds, three bluegill to 1.2 pounds, and two channel cats to 9.59 pounds were reported. At Hodges, 30 anglers reported 47 bass. At Miramar, 18 anglers reported 37 bass to four pounds and four bluegill to a pound. At Murray, 22 anglers checked reported five largemouth and one striped bass at 15.9 pounds. At Lower Otay, 49 anglers reported 339 bass to 11.2 pounds and 138 bluegill to a pounds. At San Vicente, 53 anglers report 109 bass and 14 bluegill. At Sutherland, 31 anglers reported 14 bass and six bluegill.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Murray Reservoir, Cecil Brookins, Oxnard, landed a 15.9-pound striped bass fishing mackerel off the T-Float. This is the first striper reported at the lake, and no one knows where it came from or how it got there. Also at Murry, Vincent DePalma, San Diego, had a seven-pound largemouth on a plastic lizard, while Ken Huntington, San Diego, landed eight bluegill topped by a two-pounder fishing red worms in Cowles Bay. At Lower Otay, an unnamed angler landed a 45-pound catfish.

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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