San Diego Area Lakes, Oct. 19 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Catfish stocking season is over. Trout plants won’t begin until November or December at most waters, but Cuyamaca received two plants in September, and it received a plant of 1,500 pounds of fish from Wright’s rainbows two weeks ago. This is the last plant 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. It will remain open on weekends, and it will re-open for weekday fishing in December with the opening of trout season.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass action is picking up at most waters, with a fair to good bite on reaction baits and plastics. Also still a lot of topwater early in the day. Lower Otay, El Capitan, and San Vicente have been the best bets, but Sutherland and Hodges also have improved with fair to good action. Lots of small fish at all the lakes right now. The bluegill and redear action is also picking up as waters cool, with fair to good action at Otay, Hodges, El Capitan, Jennings, Murray, and San Vicente. Most are hand-sized, weighing less than a half-pound, but some bigger. 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 as the nights cool.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. This past week, there were 27 anglers checked at El Capitan and reported 102 bass and two channel catfish to 11.6 pounds. At Hodges, 38 anglers reported 21 bass, 28 bluegill, and three channels. At Miramar, 13 anglers caught 33 bas to 3.9 pounds, three bluegill to 1 pound, and one 34.8-pound channel catfish. At San Vicente, 26 anglers checked reported 84 bass, five bluegill, and one striped bass.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Lower Otay, Mack Davis, Los Angeles, landed a 19.65-pound channel catfish to top off his five-fish, 42.65-pound stringer, all on mackerel from Bushlow Cove. At El Capitan, John Tibbs, Santee, landed a 6.85-pound bass to top off his 18.65-pound striner, all on shiners. At Murray, Dave Harper, San Diego, had a 6-pound bass on shiners at Cowles Point, while Alisa Sharp, Alpine, had 12 bluegill to 1.5 pounds on red worms.

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 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

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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