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Last trout planting of season coming Friday

The next planting of Rainbow Trout at Lake Wohlford will be this Friday. It will also be the last of the season.

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Open seven days a week)

Dock closes: 7 p.m.

Last Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday Mar. 28.

Next Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Friday Apr. 20.

Water temperature: At surface 63.14 f., 9.81 D.O. @ 15’ 62.60 f., 6.88 D.O.

Water level:  Low level, private water craft are currently banned.

  Due to the threat of Quagga mussels, there remains a ban on private water craft and equipment. Restricted equipment includes; private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors, and other equipment that contacts the water.

   Permits and Boat Rentals are issued by a machine located at the Ranger Station. The machine takes cash (no $50 or $100 bills), debit, or credit. Please take note; we do not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle, so anglers must acquire these essentials elsewhere prior to their visit. The lake is offering $20 all day motor boats to seniors on Tuesday and Thursdays and to active military every Saturday.

Trout continue to be caught in Oakvale Cove, Boat Dock Cove, and sections of Senior Shoreline. Adriana Ortiz had the biggest trout of the week a 6.50 pound rainbow caught on a mousetail on Senior Shoreline. Veronica Almada came in second with her 4.90 pound fish. The trout have been hitting salmon eggs, mouse tails, and inflated night-crawlers.

Lots of small to medium sized bass being caught, mostly by trout anglers, and fisherman searching for the still elusive Crappie. The bass respond well to crawdads, frogs, and dark colored plastics.

There has been a noticeable uptick in the number of catfish being caught in the last couple of weeks. Shortly after the last trout get planted the lake staff will begin stocking catfish. The first catfish plant is tentatively scheduled for the second week in May and they will continue to plant cats all through late spring and summer.

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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