San Diego Area Lakes, Dec. 14 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake will get a plant of 1,500 pounds of rainbows this week from Calaveras Trout Farms. This is the fifth trout plant of the season so far, bringing the total pounds to 14,500 pounds.

Lake Jennings received 1,500 pounds of trout three weeks ago, and 2,500 pounds four weeks ago. It will also have plants of 1,500 pounds, the weeks of Dec. 18, Jan. 1, Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, Mar. 19, Apr. 2, and Apr. 16. The Jan. 29 and Apr. 2 plants will be 1,700 pounds.

Poway Lakes trout season kicked off with the first plant of the season two weeks ago. It will get trout this week, and there will also be plants Dec. 28, Jan. 10, 24, and 31, Feb. 21, Mar. 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18. The Youth Fish Derby is set for Feb. 3.

Santee Lakes will be get a trout plant this week. Trout season kicked off four weeks ago with a plant of 2,500 pounds of rainbows, and there was a 1,000-pound plant two weeks ago. Additional 1,000-pound plants are also slated for Dec. 29, Jan. 13, Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, and Mar. 7.

Lake Cuyamaca is slated to get 1,200 pounds of Jess Ranch trout Dec. 19. Future plants from Jess Ranch or Wright’s Rainbows are Dec. 28, Jan. 9, Jan. 25, Feb. 6, Feb. 15, Mar. 13, Mar. 29, Apr. 19, May 22, and Jun. 15. Duck hunting season started last week, restricting anglers to the north shoreline from the dam to the handicap dock all day on Wednesdays and until 10 a.m. on Sundays.

At Wohlford, the lake/park reopened to seven days a week after a big 6,000-pound trout plant last week to the kick off the trout season. It was slated to get another 1,500-pound plant this week.

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.

DFW trout plants went into Chollas Park Lake and Cuyamaca Lake three weeks ago, but no plants have been made since or are scheduled for the rest of this month.

FISHING UPDATE: Trout season is in high gear, and there is good fishing at many waters. Dixon Lake has been particularly good with over 14,000 pounds of trout planted so far this season, and Lake Cuyamaca is very good. Lots of limits posted at both waters. Wohlford joined the fray with its first plants of the season last week and more plants this week, and the bite is very good here. Jennings and Santee Lakes have been fair with plants this week. Poway has also been pretty fair after a plant two weeks ago and another plant this week.
The bass action is finally starting to ebb a little as the nights and water temperatures cool. Lower Otay has been the bass hotspot in the region with a lot of fish on drop-shot plastics and still some reaction bait fish. El Capitan, San Vicente, and Murray have also been pretty fair bass. Lots of small fish at all the lakes right now.

The bluegill and redear action has slowed way down, with just a few fish caught at Murray, Otay, and San Vicente.

The catfish are 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 Miramar, 26 anglers checked reported 77 bass to 4.55 pounds, six bluegill to a pound, and three channel cats to 6.4 pounds. At San Vicente, 29 anglers reported 57 bass and one 70-pound blue catfish. No reports for El Capitan, Murray, or Lower Otay.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At San Vicente, there was a report of a 70-pound blue catfish, but no details were available. At Lake Murray, there was a two-pound redear landed by Theresa Holdman, Floria, on a nightcrawler at Cowles Point, while San Cline, San Diego, had four bluegill to a pound off the Fishing Pier on red 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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