San Diego Area Lakes, Nov. 30 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: The 39th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby will be this weekend (Dec. 1-3), starting 6 p.m. Friday and running through 4 p.m. Sunday. Trout plants began Nov. 15 with a 4,500-pound plant, followed by another 1,500 pounds last week. The lake will be closed to fishing Thursday and Friday this week, there will be 4,000-pound and 2,000-pound plants before the derby. Top trout so far this season has been a 7-12 caught by Brian Cochran, Escondido.

Lake Jennings received 1,500 pounds of trout last week, and 2,500 pounds two weeks ago. 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 with the first plant of the season this Wednesday, Nov. 29, and the last was closed to fish plant day. 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 two weeks ago with a plant of 2,500 pounds of rainbows, and future plants are also slated for this week (Dec. 1), Jan. 13, Feb. 9, and Mar. 9.

Lake Cuyamaca received 1,500 pounds of Wright’s Rainbows, 1,200 pounds from Jess Ranch, and 300 pounds of DFW fish right before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Future plants from Jess Ranch or Wrightís Rainbows are Dec. 19, Dec. 28, Jan. 9, Jan. 25, Feb. 6, Feb. 15, Mar. 13, Mar. 29, Apr. 19, May 22, and Jun. 15,

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. DFW trout plants went into Chollas Park Lake and Cuyamaca Lake last week.

FISHING UPDATE: Trout season has kicked into gear, and there is good fishing at most waters now. Lake Cuyamaca was wide open over the holiday weekend with a lot of limits posted, but there is also good action at Dixon (39th trout derby this weekend) and Jennings. Santee Lakes has been fair, and the season is kicking off at Poway 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 slow to 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. Otay proved that this week (see “notable catches” below).

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

NOTABLE CATCHES: At Lower Otay, Thomas Greer, El Cajon, had a three-catfish stringer that weighed 62.48 pounds, and his top fish was a 36.46-pounder. All were caught on mackerel in Bushlow Cove. At Santee Lakes, a 6-10 rainbow was caught by John Gaerin, Santee, on green PowerBait. At Murray, Michelle Conroy, San Diego, landed a two-pound bluegill on a red worms off the fishing pier.

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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