Escondido, CA

First channel cat planting of year on May 10

Mike Hernandez of Valley Center with his 10.3 pound bass.

Seven hundred and 50 Channel Catfish will be planted on May 10 at Lake Wohlford. 

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 5.

Next Plant:  750 lbs. of Channel Catfish Friday May 10.

Water temperature: At surface 64.94 f., 8.57 D.O. @ 10’ 65.12 f., 7.99 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.

Trout are still being caught mostly in deeper water. Big trout of the week belonged to Cary Kimura of San Diego and weighed 5.60 pounds.

“The bass bite is improving as the water warms up,” Ranger George Scalo told the newspaper.

“Mike Hernandez of Valley Center had a productive day on the water Tuesday catching and releasing a 10.30 pound bass as well as an 8.80 pound bucket-mouth while fishing in a boat off Senior Shoreline using nightcrawlers. Largemouth Bass can be found around structure and respond well to crawdads, frog poppers, and dark colored plastics.” 

Crappie are also more active and are being caught on jigs and live Golden Shiners either in tight to shore or by boaters trolling for them.

The first catfish plant of the season is scheduled for May 10th. Hoyt Curtis of Menifee caught a 10.60 pound catfish in Oakvale Cove using cut mackerel. Catfish can be found throughout the lake and bite well on cut mackerel or chicken liver, as well as dough-bait.

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.

To view current fish photos, visit

Whopper contest winners for March were: Antonio Ramirez    13 pound catfish, Taylor Ortiz      .80 pound crappie,   Raul Galan,  9.50 pound trout,  Taylor Ortiz, 4.10 pound bass. 

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