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Lake Wohlford sees best trout fishing this season

The January 27 trout plant kicked the bite into overdrive and the last couple of days have seen the best fishing so far this season. Early morning limits have been reported in Boat Dock Cove and West of Se­nior Shoreline. Results in Willow Cove and Oakvale Cove have been more sporadic. The top baits are salmon eggs, inflated nightcrawl­ers, or powerbait dipped in garlic sauce.

Largemouth Bass can be found around structure and hit on craw­dads, swimbaits, or dark colored plastics.

The second big crappie to be weighed in this week was caught by Deanna French of Temecula on a Rapalla lure and weighed 2.05#s. Crappie prefer cover in which to hide and are most often caught on mini-jigs or live golden shiners un­der the cover of darkness or over­cast skies.

Catfish have been biting on the westernmost point of the north­ern shore. The largest of the past week belonged to Scott Keophan­tiroth and weighed 11.10#s. It was caught using cut mackerel. Lake Wohlford cats prefer cut mackerel or chicken liver.

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.

To view Lake Wohlford’s current fish photos, visit www.wohl­

To protect Wohlford from in­vasive exotic Quagga mussels, there is still 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.

Lake Wohlford is offering $20 all day motorboats to seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays and to ac­tive military on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Last Plant: 1,500 lbs of Rainbow Trout Wednesday January 27th. Next Plant: 1,500 lbs of Rainbow Trout Wednesday February 10th. Water temperature: At sur­face 51.98 f., 6.85 D.O. @ 10’ 52.16 f., 6.71 D.O. Water level: Low level, private water craft are cur­rently banned.

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