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Trout heading towards cooler water at Wohlford

The trout bite has migrated west towards cooler, deeper waters at Lake Wohlford. The largest trout of the past week belonged to Antonio Ramirez and weighed 12.90 pounds. It was caught on a combination of green powerbait and a night crawler in Boat Dock Cove.

The top baits have been power bait and inflated night crawlers. Oakvale Cove has been seeing the most fish caught. The final trout plant of the season is scheduled for April 20, so plan on coming out sometime in April before the bite drops off.

The bass have been biting well this past week. Tim Sitola of Oceanside caught and released a 9.65 pound largemouth he caught on a senko fishing near the South Shore Rock Pile. Bass can be found around structure and respond well to craw­dads, swim baits, and dark colored plastics.

Crappie are being caught in small numbers. Crappie prefer the cover of shade or overcast conditions and are most often caught on mini-jigs or live golden shiners.

The catfish bite remains strong throughout the lake. Lake Wohlford catfish bite best on cut mackerel or chicken liver.

To protect Wohlford from inva­sive exotic Quagga mussels, there is still a ban on private watercraft and equipment that could have been ex­posed to mussels. Restricted equip­ment includes private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling mo­tors, fish finders, anchors, and other equipment that contacts the water.

Lake Wohlford is offering $20 all day motorboats to seniors on Tues­days and Thursdays and to active military on the first and third Satur­days of each month.

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.

To view the lake’s current fish photos, visit www.wohlford­

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.(Open seven days a week)
Dock closes: 7 p.m.
Last Plant: 1,500 lbs of Rainbow Trout Wednesday April 6.
Next Plant: 1,500 lbs of Rainbow Trout Wednesday April 20.
Water temperature: At surface 64.58 f., 9.47 D.O. @ 15’ 64.40 f.,5.06 D.O.
Water level: Low level, private water craft are currently banned.

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