Escondido, CA

Lake Wohlford now full of trout

Nathan Femble with the 11.30 pound trout that he caught last week.

Park hours: 6:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (open seven days a week)
dock closes: 5:00 p.m.
Last Plant:  1,500lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday February 17.
Next Plant:  1,500lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday March 3.
Water temperature: At surface 53.78 f., 7.70 D.O. @ 10’ 53.60 f., 7.55 D.O.
Water level:  Low level, private watercraft are currently banned.

 Permits and boat rentals are sold at the Ranger Station. Rangers do not sell fishing licenses so anglers must acquire them elsewhere prior to their visit.  Facial coverings are required when purchasing a fishing permit or when entering or exiting the boats or boat dock area. The lake is offering $20 all day motor boats to seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays and to active military every Saturday.

In order to protect Wohlford from invasive exotic Quagga mussels there is a ban on private watercraft 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.

Ranger Specialist George Scalo told The Times-Advocate: “Opening day of Trout season was a big success, thank you to all our loyal and patient customers for coming out.”

Big fish of the week belonged to Nathan Femple of Santo who caught an 11.30 pound trout on a mini-jig at the east end of the lake. Other notable catches included  Noel Calangan’s 9.40 pound, Richard Meadows’s 9.10 pound, Max Blomgren’s 6.30 pound, Johnny Dobb’s 5.50 pound, Fred Wolfrom’s 5.40 pound and Charles Carpenter’s 5.10 pound trout. “The trout are hitting mini-jigs, mouse tails, inflated nightcrawlers and powerbait. The best results as of late have come in slightly deeper water,” said Scalo.

Largemouth bass can be found lingering around structure. Garret Ott of Huntington Beach caught & released an 11.10 pound bass on a trout plug in Oakvale Cove.

 Catfish can be found throughout the lake and favor cut-mackerel or chicken liver. Alicia Smith of Escondido caught an 11 pound catfish Thursday using chicken liver near the East Buoys.    

 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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