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Rainbow trout planting this week

Taylor Ortiz and the string of 12 crappie he caught at Lake Wohlford a week ago .

A Rainbow Trout plant of 1,500 pounds happened this week at Lake Wohlford 

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (open seven days a week.)

Dock closes: 5 p.m.

Last Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday February 13.

Next Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Tuesday February 19.

Water temperature: At surface 51.98 f., 9.46 D.O. @ 10’ 52.52 f., 9.31 D.O.

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

Permit and Boat Rentals are sold at the Ranger Station. They do not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle, so anglers must acquire these essentials items 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.

“The trout bite has been put on hold by heavy staining resulting from the excessive rainfall. Meanwhile, the we continue to stock fish, with another plant scheduled for Tuesday, so when the lake finally does start to clear, the fishing should be outstanding,” said Ranger George Scalo. “Catfish are often still accessible even in muddy water being less dependent on sight. They are often active on the east end where the runoff continues to flow in. Lake Wohlford cats prefer cut mackerel or chicken liver.”

Crappie have been suspended deep feeding on bait fish near the West Buoy Line. Taylor Ortiz of Oceanside caught a dozen crappie on Wednesday tied to the buoy line using combat jigs. 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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