NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake was planted with trout last week and two weeks ago. There will be additional 1,500-pound plants March 7, 21, and 28. There will be a 4,000-pound plant April 18, and the final plant of the season will be 500 pounds on April 20.
Lake Jennings was planted with 1,500 pounds of rainbows this week, last week, and three weeks ago. It will also have plants of 1,500 pounds the weeks of Mar. 19, Apr. 2, and Apr. 16. The Apr. 2 plants will be 1,700 pounds.
Poway Lake was planted last week and four weeks ago, and it will receive additional trout plants Mar. 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18. There are free trout fishing seminars March 11 and April 8 to teach beginners how to catch trout.
At Lake Wohlford, there was a 1,500-pound plants last week, and another 1,500-pound plant is scheduled for March 7.
Santee Lakes was planted with 1,000-pounds of trout two weeks ago, and an aditional 1,000-pound plant is scheduled for March 10.
Lake Cuyamaca received a 1,500-pound plant two weeks ago, and it is slated to get more fish Mar. 13, Mar. 29, Apr. 19, May 22, and Jun. 15. A DFW trout plant also went in three weeks ago.
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. ëCap and San Vicente are on their winter schedules.
DFW trout plants went in three weeks ago at Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, and Lake Murray.
FISHING UPDATE: The trout bite has been fair to good at most of the lakes getting regular stocks now. The bite is best the two to three days after the plants, but all the lakes have had enough plants that there is a pretty good stockpile of fish that keeps the bite pretty fair. The usual array of floating dough baits, Mice Tails, and small trout jigs are the best bets. Dixon and Jennings probably have been the best bets this past week, but Wohlford and Cuyamaca have also been good. Poway, Jennings, and Santee Lakes have been fair to good.
The bass bite has really started to improve in spite of the weather with a lot of fish nosing up into the shallows for the coming spawn. Lots of fish on small plastics and big reaction baits (especially in waters planted with trout). Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Murray have all been fair with the Otay bite really starting to take off.
The bluegill and redear action has slowed way down with almost no reports over the past week, but the crappie action is really starting to take off at Lower Otay and Hodges, with a few fish showing at Murray.
The catfish are getting very light pressure right now so there have been few reports. However, big blue cats were reported/rumored at Otay (63.4 pounds) and Vicente (50-plus pounder lost).
FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At El Capitan, 28 anglers checked reported 143 bass, 16 bluegill, seven blue catfish, four crappie, and two channel cats. At Hodges, 45 anglers checked reported 51 crappie and 36 bass. At Lower Otay, 90 anglers reported 533 bass to 6.49 pounds, 188 crappie, 58 bluegill, and one 63.4-pound blue catfish. At San Vicente, 58 anglers reported 120 bass and three crappie.
NOTABLE CATCHES: At Otay, Kevin Ferris reported catching and releasing 16 bass, including four at four pounds or a little better, all on drop-shot plastics.
BARRETT: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
HODGES: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.
EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.
LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.
UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.
MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Concession: 619-466-4847.
MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
SUTHERLAND: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SANTEE LAKES: Lake information: 619-596-3141 or www.santeelakes.com.
WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.
DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.
POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.
JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.
MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.
CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.
HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.