San Diego Area Lakes, Oct. 26 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Trout plants won’t begin until November or December at most waters, but Cuyamaca received two plants in September, and it got a plant of 1,500 pounds of fish from Wright’s rainbows three 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, but it will reopen to fishing seven days a week beginning Dec. 9 following its first trout plant. Barrett and Sutherland are closed for the season, and Hodges closes Sunday, Oct. 29. El Capitan’s boat rental closes for the season Sunday (Oct. 29), and it and San Vicente switch to their winter schedule.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass action remains pretty good at most waters still open, with a fair to good bite on reaction baits and plastics. Also still a lot of topwater early in the day. 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 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 but warm weather has stalled this bite a little.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. This past week, there were 48 anglers at El Capitan who landed 122 bass. At Hodges, 18 anglers reported 10 bass and five bluegill. At Miramar, 16 anglers caught 34 bass to 3.55 pounds. At Lower Otay, 51 anglers checked had 289 bass to 4.2 pounds, and 112 bluegill to 1.1 pound. At San Vicente, 80 anglers reported 212 bass to 5.27 pounds.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Miramar, Manny Mendoza, Los Angeles, landed five bluegill on wax worms, and his best fish was a 1.5-pounder.

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

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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