Escondido, CA
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Lake Wohlford now open

Lake Wohlford has reopened. 

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. (open seven days a week)
Dock closes: 6:30 p.m.
Last Plant: 750 lbs. of Channel Catfish Friday May 22.
Next Plant: 750 lbs. of Channel Catfish Friday June 12.
Water temperature: At surface 71.24 f., 7.11 D.O. @ 15™ 72.14 f., 6.69 D.O.
Water level: Low level, private water craft 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. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced within the park.

     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.        

     The lake is offering $20 all day motor boats to seniors on Tuesday and Thursdays and to active military every Saturday.

     Catfish were planted on Friday and the fish appear to be biting right out of the gate. Cut mackerel or chicken liver are both solid options for catfish. Stop by the Ranger Station for a dough-bait recipe that works well on either catfish or carp.

   Small to medium sized bass are being reported and can be found around structure. They respond well to crawdads and dark colored plastics.

   A handful of nice sized Crappie have been caught from shore and by boaters trolling for them. 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.

     To view current fish photos, visit:

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