Escondido, CA

Final trout planting of season will be April 19

The final trout plant of the season is less than two weeks away, on April 19, so be sure and make plans to go trout fishing, soon, before they are all gone.

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 5th.

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

Water temperature: At surface 65.66 f., 11.03 D.O. @ 15’ 62.96 f., 3.78 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 on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Permits and boat rentals are now being issued at the Ranger Station. At present, they are limited to cash transactions only. They do not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle so anglers must acquire these essentials elsewhere prior to their visit.

Big fish of the week belonged to Roger Damian of Murrieta who caught a 6# 15oz. trout on a mouse-tail on Senior Shoreline. Powerbait in greens, yellows, or rainbow varieties have been the hot ticket.

Largemouth Bass can be found around structure. They respond well to frogs, swim-baits, and dark colored plastics.

Black Crappie are being caught in small numbers in the early morning hours under the cover of shade. Crappie are most often caught on finger jigs or live golden shiners.

Channel Catfish are plentiful throughout the lake and relish cut mackerel or chicken liver.

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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