Escondido, CA

Trout fishing is excellent at Lake Wohlford

Kyle Harrington with his 7.5 pound trout, the biggest one taken so far this season.

Park hours: 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (open seven days a week, closed x-mas) 

dock closes: 4:30 p.m.

Last Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday December 18.

Next Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Thursday January 2.

Water temperature: At surface 51.62 f., 9.93 D.O. @ 10’ 52.52 f., 9.65 D.O.

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

 Permit and Boat Rentals are sold at the Ranger Station. Rangers do not sell fishing licenses. Motor boats are discounted to $20 for seniors 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.

An important reminder to dog owners; Raw fish can be extremely harmful to dogs! Never feed dogs fish that hasn’t been cooked thoroughly. Dispose of fish scraps safely (don’t bury them), and if you handle raw fish be sure and wash up before you pet your dog or handle his food.

 Trout fishing has been excellent. Kyle Harrington of Carlsbad has the biggest trout so far at 7.50 pounds caught in Willow Cove on an orange and green mousetail. Other Notable catches included; Joe Shanahan’s 7.40  pounds, Rudy Isaguirre’s 6.80  pounds, Richard Ray’s 5.90  pounds, Juan Flores’s 5.10  pounds, Glen Matushita’s 5.00  pounds and Martin Flore’s 4.90  pounds. Fishing has been best in Boat Dock Cove and on the east end. Inflated nightcrawlers and mousetails have been the top baits.

Largemouth Bass can be found around structure. With the re-introduction of trout to the menu this an excellent time to be throwing swimbaits in hopes of catching a big bass.

 “The new crappie float is the place for catching crappie,” advises Ranger Specialist George Scalo. “Crappie are most often caught on 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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