Escondido, CA

First trout planting coming up Dec. 8

Lake Wohlford

Trout anglers are baiting their hooks and checking their lines as the date for the planting of 6,000 pounds of Rainbow Trout approaches: Saturday, December 8. That’s less than three weeks away.

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed weekdays, open weekends only.)

Dock closes: 4:30 p.m.

Last Plant:  750 lbs. of Channel Catfish Friday August 3rd.

Next Plant:  6,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Saturday December 8.

Water temperature: At surface 59.72 f., 8.84 D.O. @ 10’ 59.54 f., 8.37 D.O.

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

Permit and Boat Rentals are sold via a fully automated machine located at the Ranger Station. At present, the rangers do not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle, so anglers must acquire these essentials elsewhere prior to their visit. All day motor boats are discounted to $20 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.

The park is closed weekdays during the fall.  The lake will re-open for weekday fishing and recreation beginning December 10. It remains open on the weekends throughout. 

Catfish are being caught throughout the lake. Lake Wohlford cats prefer cut mackerel or chicken liver.

Bass can be found around structure and are hitting crawdads, frogs, and various dark colored plastics.

 Crappie prefer the cover of shade and are most often caught using finger jigs or live golden shiners. They bite best in the predawn hours.

Each month Whopper Contest winners in four categories are awarded a free fishing and boating permit. For information on the contest or fishing conditions, contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346.

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