Escondido, CA

Catfish planting this week

Xavier Schwarm of Escondido and the 10.5 pound bucket mouth that he captured and released Friday.

Catfishing should be great this week after a 1,000 pound planting of Channel Cats that occurred on July 3.

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 15.

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

Water temperature: At surface 75.92 f., 5.67 D.O. @ 15’ 76.82 f., 5.12 D.O.

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

      Permit and Boat Rentals are sold at the Ranger Station. At present, they do not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle, so anglers must acquire these essential items elsewhere prior to their visit. All day motor boats are discounted to $20 for seniors on Tuesday 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.

     Catfish are being caught throughout the lake. Tuesday’s plant should make for some great catfishing on Independence Day and during the warm weekend that follows it. Lake Wohlford cats prefer cut mackerel or chicken liver. Stop by the ranger station to pick up a dough-bait recipe that works well for both catfish and carp.

      The big bass are biting once again with two double digit largemouth weighed in just over the last twenty four hours. Randy Eddo of Escondido caught and released a 10.10 pound bass, Thursday afternoon, he caught trolling with a small Rapala lure. His hold on the monthly leaderboard was short lived, however, as Xavier Schwarm of Escondido caught and released a 10.50 pound bucket-mouth, Friday morning, on a 6 inch jerk-bait fishing from a boat near the reeds on Senior Shoreline The bass respond well to shad raps, frogs, and dark colored plastics.

     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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