San Diego Area Lakes, June 28 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Lake Cuyamaca was planted with private trout two and four weeks ago. Those two plants were the final private trout plants of the 2017-18 season, but DFW trout were added this week. 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 6, 13, 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 Monday last week. There will also be plants the weeks of July 2, July 9, July 16, July 30, August 13, and August 27.

Wohlford Lake was planted with 750 pounds of catfish May 25 and again June 8. The next plant — 1,000 pounds — is set for July 3.

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 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: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At Barrett, 80 anglers checked reported 220 bass and 130 bluegill. At El Capitan, there were 56 anglers who landed 230 bass, 25 bluegill, 20 blue catfish, four channel catfish, and two crappie. At Hodges, 102 anglers caught 56 bass and 115 bluegill. At Miramar, 29 anglers reported 63 bass to 4-2. At Murray, 23 anglers had 11 bluegill. At San Vicente, 132 anglers caught 364 bass to 6.29 pounds and 32 bluegill. At Sutherland, 27 anglers landed 92 bass, 38 bluegill, and 28 crappie.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At Miramar, Ivan Ramos, San Diego, caught and released 25-plus bass to 3-15 on plastics and cranks near the buoy line.

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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