Escondido, CA

New trout planting this week

The trout fishing rebounded sharply following Wednesday’s double plant. The rains will complicate things staining the water and making it difficult for the fish to locate the bait. Try using scent by dipping the bait in garlic for better results.

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Open seven days a week)

Dock closes: 4:30 p.m.

Last Plant:  3,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday January 3.

Next Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday January 10.

Water temperature: At surface 52.34 f., 8.81 D.O. @ 10’ 52.52 f., 8.60 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 now issued by a machine located at the Ranger Station. The machine can take 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.

Big fish of the week belonged to Uciel Alatorre-Cuevas of Escondido who caught a 7.40 pound trout on powerbait in Boat Dock Cove. Other notable catches included Vu Pham’s 7.20 pounder, Denver Huss’s 6.70 pounder, Thanh Vinh’s 6.40 pound and Tono Ramirez’s 5.60-pound trout.

The bass bite remains elusive. Largemouth bass can be found lurking around structure. They hit swimbaits, frogs, 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, contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346.

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