San Diego Area Lakes, Dec. 21 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake will get another plant of 1,500 pounds of rainbows this week from Calaveras Trout Farms. It was also planted last week. This week’s plant will be the sixth of the season so far, bringing the total pounds to 16,000 pounds.

Lake Jennings will also get trout this week. It also received 1,500 pounds of trout four weeks ago, and 2,500 pounds five weeks ago. It will also have plants of 1,500 pounds, the weeks of 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 was planted with trout last week, and it will get additional trout 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. Trout season kicked off with the first plant of the season three weeks ago.
Santee Lakes was planted with trout last week. Trout season kicked off five weeks ago with a plant of 2,500 pounds of rainbows, and there was a 1,000-pound plant three 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 was slated to get 1,200 pounds of Jess Ranch trout this week. Future plants from Jess Ranch or Wrightís 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 is ongoing, 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 Lake Wohlford, a 1,500-pound plant is slated for this week, and there was a 1,500-pound plant last week. The season kicked off with a big 6,000-pound trout plant three weeks ago.

At the San Diego City Lakes, Hodges, Barrett and Sutherland are closed for the season. El Capitanís 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 four 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 16,000 pounds of trout planted so far this season, and Lake Cuyamaca is very good. Wohlford is nearly as good with plants each of the past three weeks. Jennings and Santee Lakes have been fair to good with plants last week. Poway has also been pretty fair after a plants last week and three weeks ago. Top action at all the lakes has been on floating dough baits fished on light leaders with sliding sinker rigs. Power Mice and small trout jigs or trout plastic worms are also getting fish.

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. Vicente has a lot of silversides along the bank and the fish there are still hitting ripbaits, small swimbaits, and Flukes. 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 Otay (where one couple checked in with 30 bluegill), Murray, Murray (still a few quality ‘gills showing) 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. None available this week.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At Lower Otay, there were 12 teams for the American Bass Association tournament this past weekend, with nine reporting five-fish limits. It took 17.2 pounds to win the tournament, and the big fish was a 5.18-pounder landed by Gary Preman, El Cajon.

At Murray, Barrey Coleman, San Diego, had five bluegill to 1.5 pounds, all on meal worms in Del Cerro Bay. Sean Stevens, Ojai, landed a 7-pound bass on a shiner in Cowles Bay. At Wohlford, a seven-pound rainbow was landed by Aaron Austin, Escondido, on an orange Mouse Tail in boat dock cove. At least four other 6-plus pound trout landed the first week of trout season.

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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