NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Poway was slated to get a double plant this week (3,000 pounds) for this Saturday’s Youth Fishing Derby (details below). This lake was also planted with 1,500 pounds last week, including trophy fish. At Lake Jennings, last week’s 1,500-pound plant was moved to this week (but the DFW did plant 200 pounds of rainbows last week). There will also be another 1,700 pounds planted next week on the eve of the Feb. 11 Kid’s Day (details below). At Wohlford, there was a 1,500-pound plant last week and the next plant will be Feb. 8. Dixon Lake was planted with 1,500 pounds of trout last week. Lake Cuyamaca is scheduled to be planted with 1,200 pounds this week from Jess Ranch. Morena received a private plant last week and is slated to get more Feb. 20 and March 6.
DFW trout plants last week went into Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Murray, Lindo Lake, and Morena Reservoir. These lakes were also stocked by the DFW three weeks ago.
Lake Poway’s Youth Fishing Derby will be held this Saturday, Feb. 4. For more information, call the concession at 858-668-4778. Lake Jennings will have a Kid’s Day Feb. 11 where kids 10 and under fish free and get to catch one fish each from the kid’s pond. For information, call 619-390-1300.
FISHING UPDATE: Better weather this past week led to better fishing conditions, but fishing success was still off at most waters. Trout have been the best bet with regular plants going in a most lakes. Top bets for trout (with no clear best bets) are Poway, Wohlford, Dixon, Cuyamaca and Jennings. The best action is always within the first few days after a plant, but rains and slower fishing have concentrated more fish in the lake and they all have good holdover populations that are dispersed throughout the lake. The bass action has been slow to fair at most waters. Lower Otay, San Vicente, Murrya and El Capitan remain decent bets for bass, with most of the fish showing in deep water on shiners, plastics, and jigs. The panfish bites are mostly off, but a few bluegill and crappie continue to show from Otay, and Murray continues to have a few quality bluegill being caught.
FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff surveyed 46 anglers at El Capitan this past week and they landed 59 bass. At Murry, 29 anglers reported six bass and two crappie. At Lower Otay, 132 anglers landed 281 bass to 4-8, 30 bluegill, 23 crappie, and three channel catfish to 12 pounds.
NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Murray, Jason Cantrell, San Diego, landed an 11-8 bass fishing shiners off the fishing pier. Michael Loman, San Diego, had a two-pound bluegill to top off his four-fish stringer, all on nightcrawlers at the buoy line.
BARRETT: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
HODGES: Closed until spring. Weekly fish counts: sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.
EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.
UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.
WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or wohlfordlake.com.
DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or dixonlake.com.
POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or poway.org.
JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or 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 lakecuyamaca.org.
HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.