Escondido, CA

Lake Wohlford Update

Eric Risen with his huge 32.5 pound catfish, which he caught and released.

  • Lake open only on weekends after Sept. 7 
  • Park hours: 6:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (open seven days a week)
  • dock closes: 7:00 p.m. 
  • Last Plant:  750 lbs. of Channel Catfish Friday July 31.
  • Next Plant:  Rainbow Trout in December.
  • Water temperature: At surface 82.04 f., 5.42 D.O. @ 15’ 82.40 f., 4.91 D.O.
  • Water level:  Low level, private watercraft are currently banned. 
  • Permits and boat rentals are sold at the Ranger Station. Currently sales are credit/debit only. 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 Tuesday and Thursdays and to active military every Saturday. Ongoing health protocols dictate that only half of our boat fleet is available for rent on any given day. Visitors desiring a boat should arrive early because they sell out quickly.     

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.

The lake will close on weekdays after Labor Day remaining open only on the weekends throughout the fall. It will re-open seven days a week in mid-December following the first trout plant 

Another big catfish was caught this week. Eric Risen of La Jolla while fishing for bass with a jerk-bait off Twin Peaks instead landed an enormous 32.50 pound Blue Catfish which he weighed in at the boathouse and promptly released. Cut mackerel, chicken liver, or shrimp are the top baits for catfish. 

Largemouth bass can be found lurking around structure and respond well to crawdads and dark colored plastics. 

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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