BARRETT: Closed for the season. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
HODGES: Closed for the season. Information: 760-432-2023.
EL CAPITAN: There were 55 anglers checked by county staff this past week and those fishermen reported 141 bass to 3-8 and one blue catfish. 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: There were 58 anglers checked and they reported 100 bass to 4.2 pounds and two bluegill to nearly a pound. 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: There were two anglers checked and they reported five bass to 2.76 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 or marina reports, but the first DFW trout plant of the season went in last week (600 pounds). 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: There were 12 anglers checked and they reported 19 bass, eight bluegill, and two rainbow trout. The first DFW trout plant of the season went in three weeks ago. 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: Closed for the season. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOHLFORD: Trout season opens Saturday this week with the first plants (6,000 pounds) this week. Plants will be bigger and there will be more trout planted this year. The lake also reopens to weekday fishing starting Monday. The big news is a new lake record catfish landed and then released by Paul Voytko, Vista. The fish weighed 49.3 pounds. Mike Bonds, Voytko’s fishing partner also from Vista, landed a 15.45-pound cat. The duo were fishing with cut mackerel in a rowboat off the south shore rock pile. The bass action has been fair on mostly smaller fish, with plastics and nightcrawlers good bets. Catfish are fair on cut mackerel or chicken liver. For information contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346 or go to the website at www.wohlfordlake.com
DOANE POND: No recent DFW plants.
DIXON LAKE: Very good trout fishing for the 36th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby. There were 4,500 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers planted before the event, including some trophy fish. Top baits have been nightcrawlers, rainbow PowerBait, Thomas Buoyant lures, and crappie jigs of varying colors. Most trout were caught in Jack Creek Cove, Whisker Bay, Trout Cove, and on Pier 1. Top fish in the event was an 8.95-pounder caught by Sione Kuliha’apai, Vista. Devin Harrington, Murrieta, landed an 8.19-pounder. No state fishing license is required here. Lake or derby information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.
POWAY: Trout season started last week with a 3,000-pound plant of Chaulk Mound Trout Farm’s Nebraska Tailwalkers. Very good action over the weekend and plants will be every other week this season through April next year. The lake is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The catfish bite has been fair on cut baits, mostly mackerel or chicken liver. The top spot continues to the log boom off the north shore. Bass slow to fair on plastics and nightcrawlers fished in deeper water. Bluegill have slowed way down. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.
JENNINGS: Very good trout action continues. The lake was planted with 1,200 pounds of Tailwalkers this week. There are also tagged trout in each load that are worth Turner’s Outdoorsman prizes. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.
MORENA: Major bait rule change here. Aquatic live bait — shiners or crawfish — are no longer be allowed. First trout plant of the season has not been set yet, but it will be this month. Bass are tough with only a few fish showing on slowly-fished baits in deeper water. Catfish are fair on cut baits with a few decent catches made. Most are under four pounds. A few bluegill reported this past week. Slow other species. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.
CUYAMACA: The trout bite has been fair to good after the Mt. Lassen trout plant two weeks ago. The best bite has been on Thomas Buoyant spoons in red and gold fished on the troll or on PowerBait or nightcrawlers fished from shore. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.
HENSHAW: No reports. Information: 760-782-3501.