San Diego Area Lakes, March 29 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake was planted with trout last week and this week. There will be a 4,000-pound plant April 18, and the final plant of the season will be 500 pounds on April 20. The 21st Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis charity derby will be April 21-22. Fishing permits are double the normal price for this event only. For more information, go to

Lake Jennings was planted with 1,500 pounds of rainbows 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 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 another plant is scheduled for this week.

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

Lake Cuyamaca is slated to get trout this week, Apr. 19, May 22, and Jun. 15. A DFW trout plant also went last week.

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.

There were DFW trout plant at Lake Jennings this week, and trout were planted at Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, and Lake Murray last week.

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. Poway, Dixon, and Jennings are probably the bets this past week, but Wohlford is also pretty good with a plant this week. Cuyamaca and Santee Lakes have been fair.

The bass bite has really started to improve with the warm weather with the fish in a major pre-spawn movement and bite. At the warmer, lowest elevation lake, the fish are already moving shallow for the spawn. Lots of fish on small plastics and reaction baits. Lower Otay, San Vicente, and El Capitan are the top bets with very good action, but Sutherland is also turning on. Murray and Hodges are several notches behind but improving with each sunny day.

The bluegill and redear action has mostly been slow, but it is showing signs of life with more fish starting to show at Lower Otay, El Capitan, and Hodges this week. The crappie action has been fair to good at Lower Otay, and a few fish are showing at San Vicente, El Capitan, Hodges, and Murray.

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, 30 anglers reported 195 bass to five pounds, 11 bluegill, six crappie, three blue catfish to 31.8 pounds and two channel catfish. At Hodges, 91 anglers checked reported just 47 bass, 21 crappie, and six bluegill. At Miramar, 22 anglers landed 76 bass to four pounds. At Lower Otay, 74 anglers reported 740 bass to 5.5 pounds, 149 crappie to 2.2 pounds, 57 bluegill to 1 pound, and one redear sunfish. At San Vicente, 150 anglers reported 520 bass to 6.79 pounds, two redear, and one bluegill. At Sutherland, 41 anglers reported 166 bass, 15 bluegill, and five crappie.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At Wohlford, Richard Fridell, Escondido, landed his personal best bass at 7-6 on a crawdad off Bass Point this past week.

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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