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Catfish planting next Wednesday

The next planting of channel cats at Lake Wohlford will happen the day before Independence Day.

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 14.

Next Plant:  1,000 lbs. of Channel Catfish Wednesday July 3.

Water temperature: At surface 72.14 f., 3.99 D.O. @ 10’ 73.58 f., 3.67 D.O.

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

Permit and Boat Rentals are sold at the Ranger Station. Rangers 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.

“Largemouth Bass can be found lurking around structure,” says Ranger  George Scalo. Anthony Umhra of Vista caught and released a 10.60 pound bass using swimbait off senior shoreline. The bass are hitting crawdads, swimbaits, and dark colored plastics.    

Catfish are due to be planted just prior to Independence Day. Lake Wohlford cats like cut mackerel or chicken liver, as well as dough-bait.  Stop by the ranger station for a dough-bait recipe that works well for both catfish and carp.

The crappie fishing remains productive especially on overcast mornings. They are being caught using shiners and a variety of mini-jigs, white ones in particular. They are biting near Crappie Rock and Bass Point.

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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