San Diego Area Lakes, July 27 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: A 2,000-pound catfish plants went in at Lake Jennings last week with another 1,000 pounds slated for the weeks of July 31, Aug. 14, and Aug. 28. Dixon and Wohlford also got fish last week and will get catfish again Aug. 4 (next week). Poway was planted 1,300 pounds last week and another 1,300 will go in the weeks of 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 at most lakes. Lower Otay and Hodges have been hotspots and some fish continue to weigh more than a pound. Also pretty good bluegill bites at Barrett, San Vicente, Murray, El Capitan, and Jennings. Barrett remains perhaps the top bet for bass, volume wise, but Lower Otay has been excellent with fish to four pounds reported. One angler reported catching and releasing 32 bass on flukes at Otay this past week. Morena, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Hodges also remain pretty good on bass, with topwater action most mornings and evenings, but still mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Trout season is pretty much over except at Cuyamaca, which has been OK. Catfish season is in full swing at most waters with some good catches being reported at all the lakes, and there was a rumor of a 90-pound blue at San Vicente this past week. Maybe? Maybe not. Itís produced them that size in the past.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At Barrett Lake, 107 anglers report 951 bass. At El Capitan, 35 anglers reported 97 bass and four bluegill. At Lake Hodges, 68 angles checked had 26 bass and 30 bluegill. At Miramar, 26 anglers had 54 bass to four pounds and 16 bluegill to just over a pound. At Murray, 40 anglers reported 16 bluegill and three bass. At Lower Otay, 120 anglers reported 639 bass to 4.7 pounds and 447 bluegill to 1.2 pounds.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Lake Murray, Sam Houston, San Dieog, landed a seven-pound bass on a jig off the fishing pier, while Derek Christman, La Mesa, landed a six-pounder. There was also a 15-pound channel catfsh landed by Peter Voce, Alpine, 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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