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Last plant of catfish enlivens anglers

Anthony Ramirez, 9, caught his limit of catfish on July 9

A thousand pounds of Channel Catfish were planted Friday July 7. The next plant will be 1,000 lbs. of Channel Cats on Friday July 21.

The first catfish plant went well and rangers report they have seen both size and numbers increase as a result. Larry Baker’s 8-pound catfish caught on mackerel in the middle of the lake was the biggest of the week. Nine-year-old Anthony Ramirez’s (see photo) was one of many to limit out over the weekend with a stringer of five averaging 2-3 pounds each. 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 for both catfish and carp

Water temperature: At surface 79.88 f., 6.51 D.O. @ 10’ 80.42 f., 5.45 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.

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

Permits and boat rentals are now being issued via a fully automated machine located at the Ranger Station. The machine takes debit/credit or cash. At present, we still do not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle so anglers must acquire these essentials elsewhere prior to their visit.

Largemouth Bass can be found lurking around the structure. The bass respond well to frogs, crawdads, and dark colored plastics.

Black Crappie are being caught by boats trolling or drifting.  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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