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Trout anglers catching their limits at Wohlford

Breylon Hearn of Oceanside had big fish of the week with his 5.4 pound rainbow trout.

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Open seven days a week) closed x-mas
Dock closes: 4:30 p.m.
Last Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Thursday December 13.
Next Plant:  3,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Thursday January 3.
Water temperature: At surface 53.96 f., 6.92 D.O. @ 10’ 54.32 f., 6.67 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. We do 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.

According to Ranger George Scalo, “The trout fishing is excellent. It has been more than a week since the last plant but fisherman continue to catch limits from boats and shore fishing near Crappie Rock, Boat Dock Cove or west of Senior Shoreline. The fishing is good and the crowds are light. Breylon Hearn of Oceanside had big fish of the week with his 5.4# rainbow caught on a mini-jig in Oakvale Cove. Mousetails are the hot ticket right now, yellow or green varieties.”

Catfish are being caught throughout the lake. Lake Wohlford cats prefer cut mackerel or chicken liver. 

The bass bite has been 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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