San Diego Area Lakes, July 19 Report

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

Santee Lakes was planted with catfish last week, and the next 1,000-pound plants will be July 27, Aug. 3, 10, 24, 31, Sept. 7, 21, 29, and a final plant Oct. 6 (3,500 pounds).

Lake Jennings was planted with 1,000 pounds of catfish last week. There will also be plants this week and the weeks of July 30, August 13, and August 27.

Wohlford Lake was planted with 750 pounds of catfish two weeks ago, and the next plant is slated for Friday this week.

At Poway, catfish season doesn’t begin until the end of July. No word yet on Dixon Lake catfish season.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass bite has general slowed across the region, but there continues to be a pretty fair bite early most mornings on topwater, reaction baits, and plastics. There are a lot of small bass showing at all the lakes. Lower Otay, San Vicente, El Capitan, and Sutherland are the top bets with fair to 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 still 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 17 anglers who landed 245 bass. At El Capitan, 47 anglers checked reported 219 bass and 19 crappie. At Miramar, 25 anglers had 72 bass to 4-4 and three channel catfish to 8-8. At Lower Otay, 108 anglers reported 391 bass to 12-8 and 388 bluegill to 1-8. At Sutherland, 24 anglers checked had 152 bass and 16 crappie.

NOTABLE CATCHES: No details on the 12.5-pound bass from Otay.

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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