NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Poway received a 3,000 pound plant last week for the Youth Fishing Derby and 1,500 pounds two weeks ago. There will be another 1,500-pound plant next week. At Lake Jennings, there will be a 1,700-pound plant this week for Kidís Day on Saturday. At Wohlford, there will be a 1,500-pound plant this week. Dixon Lake is slated to get a 1,500-pound plant this week. Lake Cuyamaca is scheduled to be planted with 1,200 pounds next week from Jess Ranch, and it was planted with the same amount last week. Morena received a private plant two weeks ago, and it is slated to get more Feb. 20 and March 6.
DFW trout plants are slated for Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Murray, Lindo Lake, and Morena Reservoir this week. The DFW also planted these lakes two weeks ago.
Lake Jennings will have a Kidís Day Feb. 11 where kids 10 and under fish free and get to catch one fish each from the kidís pond. For information, call 619-390-1300.
FISHING UPDATE: Fishing success remains just fair at most waters across the county. Trout have been the best bet with regular plants going in a most lakes. Top bets for trout are Poway, Wohlford, Dixon, Cuyamaca, and Jennings. The best action is always within the first few days after a plant. Light fishing pressure due to rain has concentrated more fish in the lakes, and most now 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, Murray, 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 19 anglers at El Capitan this past week and they landed 37 bass. AT Hodges, 136 anglers checked reported just 10 bass. At Miramar, 14 anglers checked had 35 bass to 3.8 pounds. At Lower Otay, 76 anglers landed 148 bass, 28 crappie, and nine bluegill.
NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Murray, Clayton Conner, Santa Monica, had a six-pound largemouth on a shiner. Poncho Guiverra, Hemet, landed three bluegill to 1.5 pounds.
BARRETT: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
HODGES: Closed until spring. 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/.
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.