Escondido, CA

Catfish coming in July

Jesse Tran of San Diego with a 2.15 pound crappie.

The next planting at Lake Wohlford will be of catfish, in July.

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

Dock closes: 7 p.m.

Last Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday April 19.

Water temperature: At surface 70.34 f., 4.46 D.O. @ 15’ 71.42 f., 4.24 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.

Catfish are plentiful and are being caught throughout the lake. Cut mackerel or chicken liver both work well for catfish.

Largemouth Bass can be found lurking around structure feasting on the abundant shad. Jose Romero caught a 6.85# bass on a plastic worm off Senior Shoreline. The bass respond well to frogs, crawdads, and dark colored plastics.

Black Crappie are being caught in double digits by boats trolling or drifting. Jesse Tran of San Diego caught a 2.15# Crappie in the middle of the lake using a live golden shiner. 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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