Escondido, CA
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Catfish are plentiful at Lake Wohlford

Martin Arenas and his 8.95 pound bass.

Catfish are plentiful and are being caught throughout Lake Wohlford. Cut mackerel or chicken liver both work well for catfish.  The next planting for catfish will be in July.

They are still catching trout on senior shoreline and along the southern shore. Top baits are salmon eggs or yellow or green powerbait.

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Open seven days a week)

Dock closes: 7 p.m.

Water temperature: At surface 70.34 f., 5.94 D.O. at 15’ 70.70 f., 5.75 D.O.

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

To protect Wohlford from invasive exotic Quagga mussels, there is a ban on private water craft and equipment that could have been exposed to mussels. Restricted equipment includes; private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors, and other equipment that contacts the water.

The lake is offering $20 all day motor boats to seniors on Tuesday and Thursdays and to active military every Saturday.

Permits and Boat Rentals are now being issued via a fully automated machine located at the Ranger Station. The machine takes debit/credit or cash. At present, we still do not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle so anglers must acquire these essentials elsewhere prior to their visit.

Largemouth Bass can be found lurking around structure feasting on the abundant shad. Martin Arenas of Escondido caught and released an 8.95# bass using a jerk-bait at the South Shore Rock Pile. The bass respond well to frogs, crawdads, and dark colored plastics.

Black Crappie are being caught in the early morning hours near rock piles or by boats trolling.  Crappie are most often caught on 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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