San Diego Area Lakes, Nov. 23 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Trout plant season is starting to move into full swing. DFW trout plants this week are scheduled for Chollas Park Lake and Lake Cuyamaca.

Dixon Lake’s trout season kicked off Wednesday last week with two plants totaling 4,500 pounds, and there is a plant of 1,500 pounds slated for this week. The annual Dixon derby will run from Dec. 1-3 (Friday through Sunday) with a trophy fish plant just before the event. The lake will be closed No. 29-30 before the event.

Lake Jennings received its first plant of the season last week, 2,500 pounds, and another 1,500 pounds this week. It will also have plants of 1,500 pounds, the weeks of Dec. 18, Jan. 1, Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, Mar. 19, Apr. 2, and Apr. 16. The Jan. 29 and Apr. 2 plants will be 1,700 pounds.

Poway Lakes trout season kicked off Nov. 29 with a 1,500-pound plant, and the lake will be closed the day of the plant. There will also be plants Dec. 13 and 28, Jan. 10, 24, and 31, Feb. 21, Mar. 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18. The Youth Fish Derby is set for Feb. 3.

Santee Lakes trout season kicked off last week with a plant of 2,500 pounds of rainbows, and it will get plants each month. Plants are also slated for Dec. 1, Jan. 13, Feb. 9, and Mar. 9
Cuyamaca was slated to get a 1,500-pound plant of Wright’s rainbows this week, and DFW fish were also slated to go in.

At Wohlford, the lake/park is currently closed on weekdays, but it will reopen to fishing seven days a week beginning Dec. 9 following its first trout plant.

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.

FISHING UPDATE: Trout season is swinging into high gear, and there is already pretty good fishing at lakes planted the past couple of weeks (Dixon, Jennings, and Santee Lakes), and plants were slated to go in others this week (see list above). The DFW also started its trout plants in San Diego County urban waters this week. Dixon, Jennings, and Cuyamaca are the best places right now, with all three getting trout this week.

The bass action is finally starting to ebb a little as the nights and water temperatures cool, but overall the bite is still pretty good. Less surface bass chasing baitfish, but the bite on drop-shot plastics in deeper water has improved. El Capitan, San Vicente, and Lower Otay are the best bets. Lots of small fish at all the lakes right now.

The bluegill and redear action is also slowing with just fair action at Otay, Murray, and San Vicente. Most are hand-sized, weighing less than a half-pound, but some bigger to a pound or better.

The fish mostly seem to be in 15 to 30 feet of water at all the lakes.

The catfish are getting very light pressure right now so there have been few reports, but this is traditionally a good time of the year to get a big blue or a stringer of quality cats.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. None available this week.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Wohlford, Michael Orris, Pendleton, landed a 12-10 bass on a Rat-L-Trap off the south shore rockpile. At Dixon Lake, the opening weekend of trout season produced a 7-12 for Brian Cochran, Escondido, on a green Power Worm in Whisker Bay near the buoy line, while Joe Vandersmitte, Escondido, landed a 5-4 on a mini jig near the buoy line. At Jennings, Brittany Victoria, San Diego, landed a three-pound rainbow. At Murray, Chris Wood, Imperial Beach, landed three bass to 6-15 on shiners in Cast Cove, while Dana Hawthorn, visiting from Alabama, had four bluegill to 2-8 on nightcrawlers off Cowles Point.

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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