NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake will get its next plant Jan. 3, when 1,500 pounds will be delivered. It was also planted with 1,500 pounds of rainbows last week from Calaveras Trout Farms. So far there have been six plants this season, bringing the total pounds to 16,000 pounds.
At Lake Wohlford, the next trout plant will be Jan. 3 when a load of 3,000 pounds of rainbows goes in. A 1,500-pound plant went in last week, and there was a 1,500-pound plant two weeks ago. The season kicked off with a big 6,000-pound trout plant four weeks ago.
Lake Jennings had a 1,500-pound plant last week, and its next plant will be the first week of January. It will also have plants of 1,500 pounds, the weeks of 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. So far this season, 7,000 pounds of trout have been planted.
Poway Lakes will get trout Thursday this week. It was also planted with trout two weeks, and it will get additional trout plants Jan. 10, 24, and 31, Feb. 21, Mar. 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18. The 23rd Annual Youth Fish Derby is set for Saturday, Feb. 3. There are free trout fishing seminars Jan. 7, March 11, and April 8 to teach beginners how to catch trout.
Santee Lakes will be planted with trout Jan 13, and they were planted with trout last week. Additional 1,000-pound plants are also slated for Feb. 10 and March 10.
Lake Cuyamaca will be planted with 1,500 pounds of Wrightís Rainbows this week. The last plant was Dec. 19, and the lakes is slated to get plants from Jess Ranch or Wrightís Rainbows on 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 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, Cuyamaca Lake, Lindo Lake, and Morena Reservoir last week.
FISHING UPDATE: Trout season roars along, 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 Wohlford is nearly as good with plants each of the past three consecutive weeks. Lake Cuyamaca is fair to good. Jennings and Santee Lakes have been fair to good with plants this week and two weeks ago. Poway has also been pretty fair after a plants this week and two 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 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 but the fish are mostly showing on drop-shot plastics. 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, Murray, Murray (still a few quality ëgills 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 Murray, a 10.2-pound bass was caught by Keith Johnson, San Diego, the day of the DFW trout plant last Thursday. He also had a 5-pounder, and both were caught on trout-like swimbaits. Cole Bolton, San Diego, landed four bluegill off the fishing pier, and his best was a 2.8-pounder. At Wohlford, the big trout of the week was a 7-10 caught by Nathan Orn, San Diego, on PowerBait at the east buoys.
BARRETT: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
HODGES: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.
EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.
LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.
UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.
MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Concession: 619-466-4847.
MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
SUTHERLAND: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or email@example.com.
SANTEE LAKES: Lake information: 619-596-3141 or www.santeelakes.com.
WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.
DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.
POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.
JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.
MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.
CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.
HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.