San Diego Area Lakes, Nov. 9 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Trout plant season is starting. Santee Lakes trout season kicked off Nov. 4-5 with a plant of 2,500 pounds of rainbows. Dixon Lake’s trout season will kick off Wednesday, Nov. 15 with the first plant of the season. The annual 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. Cuyamaca received two plants in September and one in October. These are the last plants until late November, when twice-monthly private plants start, along with plants of DFW fish. 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. Hodges, Barrett and Sutherland are closed for the season. El Capitan’s boat rental is closed for the season. ‘Cap and San Vicente switched to their winter schedule last week.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass action remains very good to excellent at most waters still open. The best action has been on reaction baits, topwater, and plastics. El Capitan, San Vicente, and Lower Otay are the best bets. Lots of small fish at all the lakes right now, but the fish are mostly schooled up chasing baitfish. Many anglers are reporting 20 to 40 fish days. The bluegill and redear action is also picking up as waters cool, with fair to good 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 12 to 25 feet of water at all the lakes and pretty tight to brush, tules, or weed beds. Trout fishing is on the upswing at Cuyamaca with the Lone Pine Tree the spot for pan-sized trout.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. This past week, there were 26 anglers at El Capitan who reported 70 bass. At Miramar, there were 16 anglers reporting 27 bass to four pounds. At Murray, 34 anglers didn’t report any fish. At Lower Otay, 105 anglers checked had 397 bass to 4.16 pounds, 70 bluegill to 1.4 pounds, and two catfish, including one at 18 pounds. At San Vicente, 86 anglers checked had 120 bass and 37 bluegill.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Lake Murray, Ryan Porter, San Diego, had three bass including one a 7.5 pounds, all on swimbaits off Cowles Point. Nathan Lassen, San Diego, landed six bluegill, including one at 1.5 pounds, all on wax worms at Del Cerro. At Lower Otay, the National Bass West tournament had 29 teams participating, with 21 posting limits. The winning team of Greg Miser and John Weber had a five-fish 15.34-pound stringer anchored by a 3.63-pounder. At San Vicente, Hormon Atkins, San Diego, landed two-pound bluegill to top off his 10-fish stringer, all caught on red worms in the Barona Arm.

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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