San Diego Area Lakes, Feb. 1 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Two youth fishing events this weekend. First, Lake Jennings will be hosting its Kid’s Day event this Saturday, Feb. 3. All kids under 10 get in free for the day and can catch one fish from the fish pond in addition to fishing the regular lake. A hot dog lunch is also free for the kids. The lake will get planted with 1,700 pounds of rainbows this week. It also received 1,500-pound plants two and four weeks ago. It will also have plants of 1,500 pounds the weeks of Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, Mar. 19, Apr. 2, and Apr. 16. The Apr. 2 plants will be 1,700 pounds.

Second, Poway Lake’s 23rd Annual Youth Fish Derby is set for this Saturday, Feb. 3. There are free trout fishing seminars March 11 and April 8 to teach beginners how to catch trout. Poway received trout this week and three weeks ago. It will get additional trout plants Feb. 21, Mar. 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18.

Dixon Lake was planted with 1,500 pounds of rainbows last week and the previous two weeks. There will be additional 1,500-pound plants Feb. 7, 14, 21, March 7, 21, and 28. There will be a 4,000-pound plant April 18, and the final plant of the season will be 500 pounds on April 20.

At Lake Wohlford, there were 1,500-pound plants last week and three weeks ago. The next plant is scheduled for next week.

Santee Lakes was planted with trout three weeks ago. Additional 1,000-pound plants are also slated for Feb. 10 and March 10.

Lake Cuyamaca will get a 1,500-pound plant last week and three weeks ago. Future plant will occur Feb. 6, Feb. 15, Mar. 13, Mar. 29, Apr. 19, May 22, and Jun. 15. A DFW trout plant was scheduled for this week.

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 were scheduled to go into Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, and Lake Murray this week. Those same three lakes were planted with the DFW three weeks ago.

FISHING UPDATE: The trout bite has been fair to good at most of the lakes getting regular stocks now. The bite is best the two to three days after the plants, but all the lakes have had enough plants that there is a pretty good stockpile of fish that keeps the bite pretty fair. The usual array of floating dough baits, Mice Tails, and small trout jigs are the best bets. Dixon Lake was been particularly good, but Wohlford and Cuyamaca have also been good. Poway, Jennings, and Santee Lakes have been fair to good.

The bass action, especially at lakes getting the smaller DFW trout, has really perked for bigger largemouths. The trout-like swimbaits are getting some quality fish. Overall, most of the action is on drop-shot plastics or live bait (where legal), especially shiners. Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Murray have all been fair with the Otay bite really starting to take off.

The bluegill and redear action has slowed way down with almost no reports over the past week, but some crappie action has been reported at Murray and Lower Otay.

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. Counts not available for this past week.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At San Vicente, Matt Green, El Cajon, landed 26- and 14-pound blue catfish fishing mackerel in the Barona Arm. Meanwhile, Larry Snow, Eucalyptus Hills, caught a six-pound bass on a topwater lure. At Lower Otay, John Taylor, El Cajon, reported catching and released around 50 bass to 3.85 pounds spooning and drop-shotting purple plastics. At Wohlford, the top trout this past week was a 7-10 caught by Michael Chang, San Diego, on a Kastmaster. Top bass was a 6-6 landed by Justin Kennedy, Valley Center, in Boat Dock Cove using a plastic worm.

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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