San Diego Area Lakes, July 26 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Lake Cuyamaca was planted with DFW trout two and four weeks ago. Private trout plants will resume in September.

Santee Lakes was planted with catfish this week and two weeks ago. The next 1,000-pound plants will be 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 two weeks ago. 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 generally continued to slow with the head this week. There continues to be a fair bite early most mornings on topwater, reaction baits, and plastics. There are a lot of small bass showing at all the lakes. El Capitan, Lower Otay, and Sutherland are the top bets with fair to good action, while San Vicente has slowed a little. Murray and Miramar have slowed and most of the fish are small. Barrett, while decent, is surprisingly slow compared to its normal blazing pace.

The bluegill and redear action is fair but has slowed most places. Top spot has been Lower Otay. 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 23 anglers who landed 245 bass. At El Capitan, 43 anglers caught 326 bass, 37 bluegill, and 10 crappie. At Hodges, there were 87 anglers check who reported 107 bass and 28 bluegill. Murray had 37 anglers checked and they caught 30 bluegill and 11 bass. Lower Otay had 61 anglers checked and they caught 288 bass to 6 pounds and 240 bluegill to 1.5-pounds. At San Vicente, 29 anglers reported 96 bass to 6.5-pounds and 10 bluegill At Sutherland, 40 anglers caught 164 bass, 42 bluegill, 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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