San Diego Area Lakes, Feb. 8 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Lake Jennings was mobbed for the kids event this past weekend. The lake was planted with 1,700 pounds of rainbows last week. It will also have plants of 1,500 pounds this week and the weeks of Feb. 19, Feb. 26, Mar. 19, Apr. 2, and Apr. 16. The Apr. 2 plants will be 1,700 pounds.

Poway Lake’s 23rd Annual Youth Fish Derby was also this past Saturday and it, too, was very busy. Trout were planted last week for the event, and it will receive additional trout plants Feb. 21, Mar. 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18. There are free trout fishing seminars March 11 and April 8 to teach beginners how to catch trout.

Dixon Lake was planted with trout this week and last week, and there will be additional 1,500-pound plants Feb. 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 this week and two weeks ago.

Santee Lakes was planted with trout four weeks ago. Additional 1,000-pound plants are slated for late this week and March 10.

Lake Cuyamaca will get a 1,500-pound plant this week and the weeks of Feb. 15, Mar. 13, Mar. 29, Apr. 19, May 22, and Jun. 15. A DFW trout plant also went in last 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 in last week at Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, and Lake Murray. Those same three lakes were planted with the DFW four 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 bite has really started to perk up at most of the low-elevation waters across the county. Lots of fish are already nosing up into shallower, sun-warmed water in very early pre-spawn movements of fish. There also continues to be fair to good action with big swimbaits on bigger fish up chasing trout. 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. At El Capitan, 46 anglers checked reported 96 bass to 4.75 pounds, 28 bluegill, 10 channel catfish, five blue catfish, and three crappie. At Miramar, 21 anglers reported 45 bass to four pounds. At Lower Otay, 73 anglers had 276 bass to seven pounds, 16 crappie, and 11 bluegill. At San Vicente, 55 anglers checked in with 137 bass to 1 pound, two redear, two crappie, two channel catfish, and one blue cat.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At Murray, Bobby Tsutsui, El Cajon, had bass at 6.95 and 3.85 pounds.

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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