BARRETT: County staff checked 50 anglers who reported 997 bass, three bluegill and one crappie. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
HODGES: County staff checked 109 anglers who reported 180 bass, 17 crappie, eight channel cats. Marina staff report good catfish action in the shallow coves, fair to good bluegill action off the fishing platform, and fair bass action. Carp are very good for the few anglers targeting the carp. Information: 760-432-2023.
EL CAPITAN: No county report. Marina staff reports the bass action has been fair to good. Plastics have been good mornings and late afternoons, and there is a good topwater bite early and late. Catfish and bluegill have also been fair to good. The lake is open Thursday through Monday with boat rentals available all five days. General lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.
LOWER OTAY: County staff checked 63 anglers who reported 253 bass to 3.57 pounds, 29 bluegill to a pound, and five channel cats to 4.76 pounds. Marina staff report a very good catfish bite on most cut baits, and there is fair to good action for bluegill with wax worms and meal worms the top baits. Otay is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. General lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.
UPPER OTAY: County staff checked three anglers who reported five bass to 2.3 pounds. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday for catch-and-release fishing (only artificial lures with single, barbless hooks), sunrise to sunset. The road to Upper Otay is closed, but anglers can still walk in. Lake information: 619-465-3474 (recording) or 619-397-5212 (concession) or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
MURRAY: No county report this week. Bass have been fair to good with a lot of topwater early and late. Plastics also a good bet. Brandon Sommerville, Bonita, laned a 4-8 bass on a Roboworm fished drop-shot style. Catfish are showing in the deep water off the points opposite the marina, mostly on cut baits. The bluegill bite is pretty good. Danny Mascari, Jamul, landed nine bluegill with a total weight of 10 pounds and his best fish was a 1-4. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the new concession number is 619-466-4847.
MIRAMAR: County staff checked 20 anglers who reported 36 bass and 11 bluegill. Marina reports good bass action on drop-shot and Texas-rigged plastics and some topwater early and late. The catfish are fair go good around the docks and opposite the marina on cut baits. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. New boat rental and concession information: 858-527-1722.
SUTHERLAND: County staff checked 38 anglers who reports 40 bass to 3.65 pounds, 35 bluegill to a pound, nine channel cats to 4.55 pounds, seven carp to nearly four pounds, and five crappie to 1.25 pounds. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOHLFORD: The catfish plant last week really turned on the bite on whiskerfish, especially along the west buoy line and off Crappie Rock. Cut mackerel and chicken liver have been the top baits. The weekend catfish derby was won by Ron Horner, Esconidod, with a 9-11 cat. The crappie fishing is experiencing a resurgence with good sized fish being caught in Oakvale and the vicinity of Crappie Rock on small finger jigs or live shiners. The bass bite are slow to fair with the best bite early and late in the day on crawdads, Shad Rap-style cranksbaits, or dark colored plastics. Also some topwater. For information contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346 or go to the website at www.wohlfordlake.com
DOANE POND: DWF trout plant three weeks ago.
DIXON LAKE: Catfish season kicked off last week with the first plant of the season and there is weekly night fishing. Fair catfish action on cut baits. The bass bite has been fair on drop-shot plastics and reaction baits in the coves early and late in the day. Most have been smaller fish. Bluegill and catfish have been improving with the warmer weather with both fair now. No state fishing license is required here. Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.
POWAY: Bass fair to good on plastics and small swimbaits with some good reaction bait action early and late in the day. The catfish bite is improving on cut baits and the first plant of the season was slated for this Friday. Small bluegill are good in most shallow shoreline areas with some bigger ëgills in 12 to 20 feet of water. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.
JENNINGS: The catfish bite has been good, with a few limits for both shore and boat anglers this past week. Hermit’s Cove is the top spot for shore fisherman and Half Moon Cove produced the most cats for boaters. Most anglers reported at least one or two catfish. The redear bite is also been pretty good with a number of quality fish at a pound or better reported. A few bass showing along the shorelines early and late, and the bluegill are also being caught with the redears. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.
MORENA: The bass are fair on topwater early and late and then plastics after. Travis Brieton, San Diego, landed a 7-15 bass on a Creature Bait, and Elizabeth Santos, El Centro, had a 5-6 bass. Jeffery Edman, El Centro, had a five-fish stringer that went 13-4, topped off with a 5-6 bass. Catfish are good with a few limits reported on cut baits. Dee Surgeon, Ocean Beach, landed an eight-pound cat on mackerel, while Raquel Hernandez, Ocean Beach, had an 8-9. Also good action on small bluegill and carp. Mark Sanchez, Spring Valley,landed a 6-5 carp. Still a few trout from deep water at the dam but the bite is tough. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.
CUYAMACA: Algae starting to build up and impeding fishing, but the trout bite is still good after a DFW trout plant last week. Catfish fair and quite a few bass showing early and late in the day. The bluegill and crappie bites slowed, however. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.
HENSHAW: No reports. Information: 760-782-3501.