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3,000 pounds of trout planted at Wohlford

Jason Kordan of Torrance with his 35.20 pound Blue Catfish.

The trout fishing is slowing down at Lake Wohlford, but should rebound sharply with January 3rd’s double plant of 3,000 Rainbows.

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Open seven days a week) closed x-mas

Dock closes: 4:30 p.m.

Last Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Thursday December 13.

Next Plant:  3,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Thursday January 3.

Water temperature: At surface 53.24 f., 6.27 D.O. @ 10’ 53.60 f., 6.08 D.O.

Water level:  Low level, private water craft are currently banned.

Permit and Boat Rentals are sold via a fully automated machine located at the Ranger Station. Rangers do not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle, so anglers must acquire these essentials elsewhere prior to their visit. All day motor boats are discounted to $20 for seniors (60 plus) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for active military every Saturday.

Due to the threat of Quagga mussels, there is a ban on private water craft and equipment. Restricted equipment includes; private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors, and other equipment that contacts the water.

The biggest trout this week belonged to Javier Ramirez and weighed 10.80 pounds. It was caught west of Senior Shoreline on garlic scented rainbow powerbait.

Catfish are being caught throughout the lake. Jason Kordan of Torrance while fishing for bass in a boat off Senior Shoreline instead landed a 35.20 pound Blue Catfish who sucked up his swimbait. .Lake Wohlford cats prefer cut mackerel or chicken liver.

The bass bite has been slow. Bass, typically, can be found around structure. They respond well to swimbaits, crawdads, and dark colored plastics.

Crappie prefer the cover of shade and are most often caught using finger jigs or live golden shiners.

 Each month Whopper Contest winners in four categories are awarded a free fishing and boating permit. For information on the contest or fishing conditions, please contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346.

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