San Diego Area Lakes, March 15 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake was planted with trout last week, three and four weeks ago. There will be additional 1,500-pound plants next week and the week of Mar. 28. There will be a 4,000-pound plant April 18, and the final plant of the season will be 500 pounds on April 20.

Lake Jennings was planted with 1,500 pounds of rainbows this week. It was also planted two and three weeks ago. It will also have plants of 1,500 pounds the weeks of Apr. 2 and Apr. 16. The Apr. 2 plants will be 1,700 pounds.

Poway Lake was planted last week and three weeks ago. It will receive additional trout plants Mar. 21 and April 4 and 18. There will be a free trout fishing seminar April 8 to teach beginners how to catch trout.

At Lake Wohlford, there was a 1,500-pound plant last week and three weeks ago.

Santee Lakes was planted with 1,000-pounds of trout last week and four weeks ago.

Lake Cuyamaca is slated to get trout this week, Mar. 29, Apr. 19, May 22, and Jun. 15. A DFW trout plant also went in three weeks ago.

At the San Diego City Lakes, Hodges, Barrett and Sutherland are closed for the season. El Capitan’s boat rental is closed for the season. ‘Cap and San Vicente are on their winter schedules.

No recent DFW trout plants.

FISHING UPDATE: The trout bite has been fair to good at most of the lakes getting regular stocks. The bite is best the two to three days after the plants, but all the lakes have had enough plants that there is a pretty good stockpile of fish that keeps the bite pretty fair. The usual array of floating dough baits, Mice Tails, and small trout jigs are the best bets. Dixon and Jennings probably have been the best bets this past week, but Poway and Wohlford are close seconds. Cuyamaca and Santee Lakes have been fair to good.

The bass bite has really started to improve in spite of the weather with a lot of fish nosing up into the shallows for the coming spawn. Lots of fish on small plastics and big reaction baits (especially in waters planted with trout). Lower Otay is breaking wide open, and El Capitan, San Vicente, and Murray are several notches behind but improving with each sunny day.

The bluegill and redear action has slowed way down with almost no reports over the past week, but the crappie action has been fair to good at Lower Otay, but El Capitan, Hodges and Murray are spotty.

The catfish are getting very light pressure right now so there have been few reports.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At El Capitan, 43 anglers checked reported 113 bass to 4.75 pounds, 46 bluegill, 20 crappie to 1.65 pounds, four blue catfish and two channel catfish. At Hodges, 127 anglers reported 41 bass, 21 crappie, and 10 bluegill. At Miramar, 15 anglers had 33 bass to 4.05 pounds. At Lower Otay, 60 anglers landed 577 bass to 4.57 pounds, 149 crappie to 1.5 pounds, 48 bluegill to 1.2 pounds, and three redear sunfish. At San Vicente, 58 anglers checked had 234 bass to 4.5 pounds. At Sutherland, 31 anglers reported 36 bass.


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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