San Diego Area Lakes, Jan. 4 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake was planted with 1,500 pounds of rainbows this week. It was also planted with 1,500 pounds of rainbows two weeks ago from Calaveras Trout Farms. So far there have been seven plants this season, bringing the total pounds to 17,500 pounds.

At Lake Wohlford, a 3,000-pound plant of trout went in this week. A 1,500-pound plant went in two weeks ago, and there was a 1,500-pound plant three weeks ago. The season kicked off with a big 6,000-pound trout plant in November.

Lake Jennings will get a 1,500-pound trout plant this week, and rainbows also went in two weeks ago. 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. So far this season, 8,500 pounds of trout have been planted.

Poway Lakes received trout last week and three weeks ago. It will get additional trout plants Jan. 10, 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 Jan. 7, March 11, and April 8 to teach beginners how to catch trout.

Santee Lakes will be planted with trout Jan 13, and they were planted with trout two 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 Wright’s Rainbows last week. The lake is slated to get plants from Jess Ranch or Wrightís Rainbows on Jan. 9, 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, Lindo Lake, and Morena Reservoir two weeks ago. None scheduled as of Wednesday for this week or next week.

FISHING UPDATE: Trout season roars along, and there is good fishing at many waters. Dixon Lake has been particularly good with over 16,000 pounds of trout planted so far this season, and Wohlford is nearly as good with plants each of the past three consecutive weeks. Lake Cuyamaca is fair to good. Jennings and Santee Lakes have been fair to good with plants this week and two weeks ago. Poway has also been pretty fair after a plants this week and two weeks ago. 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. Lower Otay has been the bass hotspot in the region with a lot of fish on drop-shot plastics and still some reaction bait fish. El Capitan, San Vicente, and Murray have also been pretty fair. Vicente has a lot of silversides along the bank but the fish are mostly showing on drop-shot plastics. Lots of small fish at all the lakes right now.

The bluegill and redear action has slowed way down, with just a few fish caught at Otay, Murray, Murray (still a few quality ëgills showing) and San Vicente.

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. None available this week.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At San Vicente, Brad Sheperd, El Canon, had a pair of blue catfish at 32 and 19 pounds, both on cut mackerel.

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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