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Lake Wohlford is now closed weekdays

Now that the end of summer is approaching, if not already here, Lake Wohlford is only open on weekends.

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Dock closes: 6:30 p.m.

The last fish plant was 750 pounds of Channel Catfish Friday August 4.  Anglers will have to wait until December for the next plant, which will be Rainbow Trout.

Water temperature: At surface 76.64 f., 3.12 D.O. @ 15’ 77.54 f., 2.95 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.

Permits and Boat Rentals are now issued via a fully automated machine located at the Ranger Station. The machine takes debit/credit or cash. The lake does 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 active military every Saturday.

Catfish are being caught particularly near the west buoy line. Chicken liver or cut mackerel are two of the most preferred baits for catfish. Stop by the ranger station for a dough-bait recipe that works well with both catfish and carp.

Largemouth Bass can be found lurking around submerged rocks or near stands of tulles waiting to ambush smaller fish. Justin Kennedy of Valley Center caught and released an 11.50# bass Saturday using a plastic worm on Senior Shoreline. The bass respond well to frogs, crawdads, and dark colored plastics.

The crappie fishing is best in the early morning hours near the cover of shade or in rocky outcroppings. Crappie are most often caught on finger jigs or live golden shiners.

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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