San Diego Area Lakes, July 13 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Catfish plants went in at Lake Jennings last week, and there will be a 2,000-pound plant next week. Dixon and Wohlford got their first catfish plants of the season last week. Poway was planted with 2,600 pounds of catfish last week, and then there will be plants of 1,300 pounds the weeks of July 21, Aug. 4, and Aug. 18.

FISHING UPDATE: While the bass action remains fair to good at most waters in the region, the bluegill and redear action is good to excellent at most lakes. Lower Otay and Hodges have been hotspots with anglers posting 25-fish limits at both waters. Some are topping a pound but most are hand-sized. Also pretty good bluegill bites at Barrett, San Vicente, Murray, and Jennings. Barrett remains perhaps the top bet for bass, volume wise, but Morena, Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Hodges also remain pretty good on bass, with topwater action most mornings and evening, but still mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Trout season is winding down, but there continues to be some very good action at Cuyamaca, with a slow to fair bite at Morena. Most of the bites are in deeper water as the surface temperatures warm up. Catfish season is starting to kick off with some good catches starting to be reported, and Jennings has night fishing on weekends.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At Barrett Lake, 94 anglers checked reported 1,345 bass and 120 bluegill. At El Capitan, 45 anglers had 118 bass to 3.44 pounds and one channel catfish at 20.15 pounds. At Hodges, 52 anglers had 14 bass, 27 bluegill, and six catfish. At Miramar, 23 anglers reported 49 bass to 4.5 pounds, seven bluegill to a pound, and three catfish to seven pounds. At Murray, 49 anglers reported one 3.5-pound bass and five bluegill to a pound. At Lover Otay, 86 anglers had 397 bass to 7.1 pounds and 292 bluegill to 1.2 pounds. At San Vicente, 13 anglers reported 27 bass and 70 bluegill.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Murray, Roy Porter, San Diego, had a 1.1-pound bluegill off the fishing pier on a nightcrawler.

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

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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