San Diego Area Lakes, July 13 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Lake Cuyamaca was DFW trout last week and three weeks ago. Private trout plants will resume in September.

Santee Lakes has had catfish plants since April 7. There was a plant two weeks ago and the next 1,000-pound plants will be this Friday, July 27, Aug. 3, 10, 24, 31, Sept. 7, 21, 29, and a final plant Oct. 6 (3,500 pounds).

Lake Jennings catfish plants began in May, and there was a 1,000-pound plant this week. There will also be plants the weeks of July 16, July 30, August 13, and August 27.

Wohlford Lake was planted with 750 pounds of catfish May 25, June 8, and last week. Next plant will be July 20.

At Poway, catfish season doesnít begin until the end of July. No word yet on Dixon Lake catfish season.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass bite has been fair to good across the board with the warm weather with some decent topwater action early and late in the day. There are a lot of small bass showing at all the lakes, but there is still a pretty good bite on bigger fish in deeper water on small plastics and reaction baits. Lower Otay, San Vicente, El Capitan, and Sutherland are the top bets with good action, while Hodges and Murray are slow to fair. Miramar is fair, but most of the fish are small. Barrett, while decent, is surprisingly slow compared to its normal blazing pace.

The bluegill and redear action is good most places, especially at San Vicente for bigger bluegill, but Lower Otay and Hodges are also good. El Capitan and Sutherland are a tick behind those, but also pretty decent. The crappie action has really dropped off with very few fish reported at any of the lakes over the past week except for El Capitan and Sutherland, and not many at those two.

The catfish are still getting very light pressure, but there is a pretty good bite at Santee Lakes, and most of the other lakes planting fish.

FISH COUNTS: Fishing counts are done most weeks for San Diego City water lake. This past week, Barret Lake had 19 anglers checked who landed just 67 bass. Hodges had 88 anglers who reported 86 bass and 86 bluegill. Miramar had 33 anglers surveyed who landed 86 bass to 4 pounds and two channel catfish to 7-8. Murry had 70 anglers who reported four bass to six pounds and 50 bluegill. San Vicente had 33 anglers checked and they reported 114 bass to 6-1. Sutherland had 26 anglers who reported 88 bass and eight bluegill.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At Lower Otay, Jim Sleight, San Diego, landed and released a 10-pound class bass.

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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