San Diego Area Lakes, May 17 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Lake Cuyamaca is slated to get trout plants May 22 and Jun. 15, and it was planted three weeks ago. It is also slated to get DFW trout next week.

Santee Lakes has had catfish plants every two weeks since April 7. The next 1,000-pound plants will be Friday, followed by plants May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 29, July 6, 13, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 24, 31, Sept. 7, 21, 29, and a final plant Oct. 6 (3,500 pounds).

Lake Jennings catfish plants will begin the week of Memorial Day weekend with a 2,000-pound plant. The lake will be open until midnight Friday through Sunday that weekend. Lanterns are required for anglers after 8 p.m. At Poway, catfish season doesnít begin until the end of July. No word yet on Dixon Lake catfish season.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass bite has been fair to good across the board with the warm weather with the topwater action starting now. The bite is still best on small plastics and reaction baits. Lower Otay, San Vicente, and El Capitan are the top bets with very good action, but Sutherland is nearly as good. Murray and Hodges are several notches behind but also pretty decent for anglers targeting the bass.

The bluegill and redear action is kicking into high gear, especially at Lower Otay, but also at San Vicente, El Capitan, and Sutherland. Hodges is also starting to perk. The crappie action has really dropped off with very few fish reported at any of the lakes over the past week.
The trout bite had slowed way down except at Cuyamaca, with no plants in a couple of weeks at most urban lakes.

The catfish are still 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 Barrett, 327 anglers reported 732 bass. At El Capitan, 27 anglers checked had 144 bass, 14 bluegill, seven blue catfish, and three crappie. At Miramar, 12 anglers had 19 bass to 3.65 pounds. At San Vicente, 44 anglers landed 153 bass to 6 pounds and 40 bluegill. At Sutherland, 41 anglers caught 135 bass and 10 crappie.


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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