NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: This week’s municipal or private plants include the following. Anglers should check with individual waters to make sure plants went is as scheduled. Because of weather there may be delays in the stockings. Poway was scheduled to receive 1,500 pounds of trout this week, including trophy fish. It is also slated to get a double plant (3,000 pounds) February 1. Lake Wohlford is slated to received 1,500 pounds of rainbows. Dixon Lake is also scheduled to get 1,500 pounds of trout this week. While Lake Jennings was scheduled to get a 1,500-pound plant this week, this plant has been postponed until next week because of weather in Idaho is making a trout delivery this week impossible. Lake Cuyamaca received a 1,200-pound plant of Jess Ranch rainbows two weeks ago, and the next plant is next week, also from Jess Ranch. Morena is scheduled to receive private plants of trout this week and the weeks of Feb. 20 and March 6.
DFW trout plants this week are slated for Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Murray, Lindo Lake, and Morena Reservoir. These lakes were also stocked by the DFW two weeks ago.
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 kidís pond.
FISHING UPDATE: Rain has put a damper on fishing all across the county, and most waters have turned murky. This last storm slowed even the trout bite, but some spots are still fair. Top bets this week are Poway, Wohlford, Dixon, Cuyamaca, and Poway. The best action is always within the first few days after a plant, but most of the lakes have pretty good holdover populations now, provided decent action throughout the week. The bass action has been slow to fair at most waters. Lower Otay, San Vicente, and El Capitan remain decent bets for bass, with most of the fish showing in deep water on shiners, plastics, and jigs, but the cold, wet weather has continued to slow all the bite. The panfish bites are really slowing down, but the Lower Otay crappie bite refuses to go away.
FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff surveyed 20 angles at Lake Murray over the past week and they reported catching just a single crappie. At Lower Otay, 80 anglers were checked and they reported 353 bass, 153 crappie, 64 bluegill, and five channel catfish to 23 pounds.
NOTEABLE CATCHES: At San Vicente, Anthony Noy of San Diego landed a 30-pound blue catfish. At Murray, Mike Strongbow of San Diego landed a nine-pound bass on a swimbait, while Keith Johnston, San Diego, landed a 14-pound catfish on mackerel off the fishing pier.
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: hsandiego.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.