San Diego Area Lakes, March 8 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake was planted with trout this week, two and three weeks ago. There will be additional 1,500-pound plants March 21 and 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 last week, two weeks ago, and four weeks ago. It will also have plants of 1,500 pounds the weeks of Mar. 19, Apr. 2, and Apr. 16. The Apr. 2 plants will be 1,700 pounds.

Poway Lake was planted this week and two weeks ago. It will receive additional trout plants Mar. 21 and April 4 and 18. There are free trout fishing seminars March 11 and April 8 to teach beginners how to catch trout.

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

Santee Lakes will be planted with 1,000-pounds of trout for this weekend, and it was also planted three weeks ago.

Lake Cuyamaca received a 1,500-pound plant three weeks ago, and it is slated to get more fish Mar. 13, 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.

DFW trout plants went in four weeks ago at Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, and Lake Murray. None since.

FISHING UPDATE: The trout bite has been fair to good at most of the lakes getting regular stocks now. 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 with plants this week. 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 is really starting to take off at Lower Otay and Hodges, with a few fish showing at Hodges and Murray.

The catfish are getting very light pressure right now so there have been few reports. However, a big blue cat was reported at El Capitan last Friday (50-plus pounds).

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At El Capitan, 74 anglers checked reported 213 bass to 7.63 pounds, 28 bluegill, 20 channel catfish, 12 blue catfish to 53.5 pounds, and eight crappie. At Hodges, 81 anglers reported 42 crappie and 18 bass. At Miramar, 20 anglers had 43 bass to 3.6 pounds. At Lower Otay, 84 anglers landed 611 bass to 5.6 pounds, 189 crappie, and 68 bluegill. At Sutherland, 23 anglers reported just 26 bass.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At El Capitan, Bob Baker, San Diego, landed 53.5-pound blue catfish on a chunk of bonito.

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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