San Diego Area Lakes, Jan. 11 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake was planted with 1,500 pounds of rainbows this week and last week. The season total is now more than 19,000 pounds planted.

At Lake Wohlford, a 3,000-pound plant of trout went in last week, and another 1,500-pound stocking was to go in this week. So far this season more than 10,000 pounds of rainbows have been stocked.

Lake Jennings was planted with 1,500-pounds of trout last week. 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.

Poway Lakes received trout this week and two weeks ago. It will get additional trout plants Jan. 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 March 11 and April 8 to teach beginners how to catch trout.

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

Lake Cuyamaca will be planted with 1,500 pounds of trout this week and future plant will occur 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 Capitan’s 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, and Murray this week, and Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lindo Lake, and Morena Reservoir three weeks ago.

FISHING UPDATE: Rains muddied up many lakes and hammered the trout action, which has been good at many locations. Before this week’s storms, Dixon Lake was been particularly good, but Wohlford and Cuyamaca have also been good. Poway, Jennings, and Santee Lakes have been fair to good. 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. Many lakes have murky water now, making fishing tougher. Before the rain, Lower Otay had been the bass hotspot in the region with a lot of fish on drop-shot plastics and still some reaction bait fish. There were a couple of 50-fish days reported. El Capitan, San Vicente, and Murray have also been pretty fair. Lots of small fish at all the lakes right now.

The bluegill and redear action has slowed way down with almost no reports over the past week.

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. This past week, there were 22 anglers check at El Capitan and they reported 46 bass, eight blue catfish, and three crappie. At Miramar, 22 anglers reported 55 bass to 4.35 pounds and one channel catfish at 10.5 pounds. At San Vicente, 415 anglers checked reported 491 bass to 6.15 pounds and three blue catfish.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At Wohlford, Uciel Alatorre-Cuevas, Escondido, landed a 7.4-pound rainbow on PowerBait in boat dock cove. At Murray, Taylor Battaglia, Clairmont, landed an 8-8 bass on a trout swimbait in Cowles Bay.

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.

2 thoughts on “San Diego Area Lakes, Jan. 11 Report

  • January 15, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    I was at Poway Lake yesterday and someone caught a 10.5 lbs trout off of a jig

  • January 15, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    I caught a 1.5 pan fish at Jennings Lake Saturday night


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