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Trout planting this week

Randy Gompper of Escondido and his 8.30-pound trout.

A rainbow trout planting will happen this week at Lake Wohlford.

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

Dock closes: 5 p.m. Now that the days are getting a teensy bit longer the park and dock hours have expanded.

Last Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday January 10.

Next Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday January 24.

Water temperature: At surface 53.24 f., 7.19 D.O. @ 10’ 53.60 f., 6.91 D.O.

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

The trout fishing remains good.  Big fish of the week belonged to Randy Gompper of Escondido who caught an 8.30-pound trout on an inflated nightcrawler in Boat Dock Cove. David Tiller of Vista came in second with a 5.40-pound trout he caught on a nightcrawler just west of Senior Shoreline. The trout have been responsive to top water lures, and fly fishing, as well as the usual floating baits. The bite has migrated from the east end to the southern shore and Oakvale Cove.

The bass bite is showing signs of becoming a little more active. Largemouth bass can be found lurking around structure. They hit swimbaits, frogs, crawdads, and dark colored plastics.

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.

Due to the threat of Quagga mussels, there remains 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.

Permits and Boat Rentals are now issued by a machine located at the Ranger Station. The machine can take cash (no $50 or $100 bills), debit, or credit. Rangers do not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle, so anglers must acquire these essentials elsewhere prior to their visit. The lake is offering $20 all day motor boats to seniors on Tuesday and Thursdays and to active military every Saturday.

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