Escondido, CA

Next trout planning will be Jan. 16

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 Thursday January 3.

Next Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday January 16.

Water temperature: At surface 48.74 f., 7.78 D.O. @ 15’ 49.64 f., 7.33 D.O.

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

Permit and Boat Rentals are sold via a fully automated machine located at the Ranger Station. The park not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle, so anglers must acquire these essentials elsewhere prior to their visit. All day motor boats are discounted to $20 for seniors (60+) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for active military every Saturday.

Due to the threat of Quagga mussels, there is 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.

Thursday’s double plant provided a real shot in the arm to the trout fishing. George Scalo,

Ranger Specialist, commented, “Remember we insist you keep all caught trout. Due to the fish’s delicate nature released trout rarely survive. The biggest trout this week belonged to Hamid Seyf of Rancho Penasquitos and weighed 5.70 pounds.  It was caught fly fishing near the West Buoys. Powerbait, mousetails, and inflated nightcrawlers are the top baits.”

Catfish are being caught throughout the lake.  Jhonny One of Escondido caught a 10.80 pound catfish Wednesday using Shrimp at the West Buoys. Lake Wohlford cats prefer cut mackerel or chicken liver.

The bass bite continues to be slow. Bass, typically, can be found around structure. They respond well to swimbaits, crawdads, and dark colored plastics.

Crappie prefer the cover of shade and are most often caught using 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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