Escondido, CA

Catfish catch breaks lake record

Jonathan Hanson with his record-breaking 54.80 pound Blue Catfish, which he released to grow even larger!

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (open seven days a week)
dock closes: 7 p.m.
Last Plant:  750 lbs. of Channel Catfish Friday June 12.
Next Plant:  1,000 lbs. of Channel Catfish Friday July 3.
Water temperature: At surface 72.86 f., 7.50 D.O. @ 15’ 73.04 f., 7.09 D.O.
Water level:  Low level, private watercraft are currently banned.

Permits and boat rentals are sold at the Ranger Station. The ticket machine is undergoing repairs, which prevents rangers from handling cash transactions so they we are credit/debit only. Rangers do not sell fishing licenses so anglers must acquire them elsewhere prior to their visit. Facial coverings are required when purchasing a fishing permit or when entering or exiting the boats or boat dock area. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced within the park.

The lake is offering $20 all day motor boats to seniors on Tuesday and Thursdays and to active military every Saturday. Ongoing health protocols dictate that only half of the lake’s boat fleet is available for rent on any given day. Visitors desiring a boat should arrive early because they sell out quickly.

To protect Wohlford from invasive exotic Quagga mussels there is a ban on private watercraft 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 big news from the past week was Jonathan Hanson’s 54.80# Blue Catfish that broke the existing lake record. The enormous catfish was caught Sunday using cut-bonita at the West Buoy Line. Hanson released his catch back into the lake. Friday’s catfish plant has stirred up the action and fishing is good from Bass Point to the West Buoys. The ranger station recently expanded bait options to include catfish bait. They now offer frozen; chicken liver, mackerel, and anchovies.

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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One response to “Catfish catch breaks lake record”

  1. Dave says:

    I heard from several sources that he was using a cut in half bullhead catfish for bait,which is totally illegal

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