San Diego Area Lakes, March 16 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Poway received trout this week and two weeks ago. Dixon Lake received a 1,500-pound plant this week and should get an equal amount next week. Wohlford was planted with 1,500 pounds last week, and Cuyamaca was planted with 1,200 pounds last week. Morena also received 1,000 pounds of Jess Ranch rainbows last week. Jennings was planted with 1,700 pounds two weeks ago.

DFW trout plants for this week include Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lindo Lake and Morena Reservoir.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass fishing is breaking wide open with the warm weather as the fish move shallow for the coming spawn. There has been a major movement of fish on most the countyís lakes. Lower Otay has been particularly good, but San Vicente and Jennings are also really turning on. Even with the uptick in bass fishing, trout remain a good bet with many lakes getting weekly stocks or plants alternating weeks. Top bets for trout are Dixon and Jennings, but Poway and Wohlford are good bets. Cuyamaca is fair. The panfish bites are mostly off, but a few bluegill and crappie continue to show from Otay.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff surveyed 27 anglers at El Capitan this past week and they landed 47 bass. At Hodges, 86 anglers reported just four bass and seven channel cats. At Miramar, 14 anglers checked had 43 bass to 4.3 pounds. At Lower Otay, 69 anglers reported 194 bass, 64 bluegill, and 12 crappie. At Sutherland, 29 anglers had 16 bass.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Murray, Ger Lee, Sanger, had a seven-pound bass on a swimbait west of the boat dock.

BARRETT: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or

HODGES: Closed until spring. 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: Closed until spring. 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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