Escondido, CA

Catfish planting coming up June 14

Lake Wohlford

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 May 24.

Next Plant:  750 lbs. of Channel Catfish Friday June 14.

Water temperature: At surface 66.56 f., 9.35 D.O. @ 10’ 66.02 f., 7.95 D.O.

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

Permit and Boat Rentals are sold at the Ranger Station. We do not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle, so anglers must acquire these essentials items elsewhere prior to their visit. All day motor boats are discounted to $20 for seniors (60+) 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.

George Scalo, Ranger Specialist said, “The bass are in shallow water in various stages of the spawn and are being caught on crankbaits, crawdads, and dark colored plastics.”

Catfish can be found throughout the lake, but the bite is best at the buoy lines. They like cut mackerel or chicken liver, as well as dough-bait. The carp are noticeably present, splashing around in the shallows, as they spawn. Stop by the ranger station for a dough-bait recipe that works well on both catfish and carp.

Crappie are being caught from shore and by boaters trolling for them. They are hitting Gulp minnows, mini-jigs, and live golden shiners. They are being caught from Bass Point to Crappie Rock, and near the West Buoy Line.

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.

To view current fish photos, visit

Whopper contest winners for May were: Scott Keophanthirath, 15.50 pound catfish; Randy Eddo, 1.90 pound crappie; Kerri Rowe, 6 pound trout; Jose Hernandez,  9.10 pound bass.

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