San Diego Area Lakes, Sept. 28 Report

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Catfish stocking season is over. Trout plants won’t begin until November or December at most waters. 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 pretty good bite on reaction baits and plastics. Also still a lot of topwater early in the day. Lower Otay and San Vicente have been the best bets with pretty good action on topwater and reaction baits, but San Vicente, El Capitan, Sutherland, and Hodges also have improved with fair to good action. The bluegill and redear action is also picking up as waters cool, with fair to good action at Otay, Hodges, El Capitan, Murray, and San Vicente. Most are hand-sized, weighing less than a half-pound, but some bigger. Trout improved at Cuyamaca after a pair of plants (2,700 pounds total) for this past weekend’s Fishing in the Pines Derby kid’s derby.

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

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Wohlford, Martin Arenas of Escondido caught and released a 14.10-pound bass Saturday on a jigs fished in the cove adjacent to the south shore rockpile. At Hodges, John Taylor, Escondido, landed a 4.67-pound largemouth, the best of 15 bass he caught and released on Senkos. At Lower Otay, Wilbur McDonald, Chula Vista, had five catfish that weighed 45.85 pounds, including one at 22.75 pounds. All were caught on mackerel in Bushlow Cove. At Murray, Josh Hamilton, San Diego, had 10 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 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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