San Diego Area Lakes, June 29 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Only Lake Cuyamaca is still being stocked with private trout, and its last plant of the season will go in this week. There was also a DFW plant last week. There were also DFW plants last week at Doane Pond and Morena Reservoir. Catfish plants went in at Lake Jennings last week week. Dixon and Wohlford will get their first catfish plants of the season the first full week of July. Poway will be planted with 2,600 pounds of catfish July 7, 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 more topwater this week, 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 (both received DFW trout plants last week). 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. This past week, 199 anglers at Barrett landed 1,840 bass. At El Capitan, 75 anglers landed 183 bass. At Murray, 17 anglers reported just one bass. At Lower Otay, there were 67 anglers who had 171 bass to 4.5 pounds, 167 bluegill to just over a pound, and two crappie. At San Vicente, there were 45 anglers checked who reported 141 bass to 4.2 pounds, and 37 bluegill.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Murray, Ty Turpin, San Diego, had a 9-8 bass on a black plastic worm in Alvarado Bay. At Hodges, Thomas Riggs, Los Angeles, had a four-cat stringer topped off with an 8.45-pounder. At El Capitan, Jack Peterson, Ramona, had five catfish for a 24.6-pound stringer and his big fish was a 6.85-pounder, all on mackerel. At Lake Jennings, Ron Young, San Diego, had a nine-pound catfish on mackerel in Siesta Cove.

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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