Escondido, CA

First catfish plant May 11

Jason Liu of Oceanside caught and released a huge 12.20# bass Monday at the South Shore Rock Pile.

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 Friday April 20.
Next Plant: 750 lbs. of Channel Catfish Friday May 11.
Water temperature: At surface 65.84 f., 10.39 D.O. @ 10’ 67.18 f., 10.14 D.O.
Water level: Low level, private water craft are currently banned.
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.
Permits and Boat Rentals are issued by a machine located at the Ranger Station. Please take note; the rangers do not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle, so anglers must acquire these essentials elsewhere prior to their visit. The lake is offering $20 all day motor boats to seniors on Tuesday and Thursdays and to active military every Saturday.
The trout are migrating westward into deeper water in response to the warming water temperatures. Oakvale Cove remains one of the more active spots for trout. Salmon eggs and mouse tails have proven the top baits.
The bass action has been good with big females and smaller males loitering in tight to shore in various stages of the spawn. Jason Liu of Oceanside caught and released a huge 12.20# bass Monday at the South Shore Rock Pile using a Keitech 7.8” swimbait. The bass are hitting shad raps, swimbaits, and dark colored plastics.
The Crappie are playing hard to get and it’s beginning to look like we are in for a lean year from the pan-fish. Crappie prefer the cover of shade and they are most often caught on finger-jigs or live golden shiners.
With the water warming the catfish are becoming more and more active. Catfish are most often caught on chicken liver or cut mackerel.
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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