Escondido, CA
Mostly clear
Mostly clear

Channel cat planting scheduled for July 19

Lake Wohlford

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (open seven days a week)
dock closes: 7 p.m.
Last Plant:  1,000 lbs. of Channel Catfish Wednesday July 3.
Next Plant:  1,000 lbs. of Channel Catfish Friday July 19.
Water temperature: At surface 72.86 f., 4.57 D.O. @ 10’ 73.76 f., 4.27 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 are plentiful in tight but seem reluctant to bite at present being more interested in other things,” according to Ranger George Scalo. “The bass are hitting crawdads, frogs, and other dark colored plastics.”

Catfish were planted Wednesday and have been biting at the West Buoy Line among other spots. 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 seems to be experiencing a lull. Crappie are most often caught using shiners and a variety of mini-jigs, white ones in particular.  

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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