Escondido, CA

Trout planting this week

~Lake Wohlford

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. (open seven days a week), dock closes: 4:30 p.m.

Last Plant:  3,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Thursday January 3rd.

Next Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday January 16th.

Water temperature: At surface 50.72 f., 8.52 D.O. @ 15’ 50.72 f., 8.32 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. Rangers 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.

      The trout bite has been good with many limits coming out of the east end in particular. The biggest trout this week belonged to Henry Gaspar of Escondido and weighed 9.00 pounds. It was caught using a golden shiner at the South Shore Rock Pile. Olivia Erickson of San Marcos took the silver with her 7.30 pound rainbow caught on powerbait at the same location.

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

    The bass bite continues to be slow. Bass, typically, can be found around structure. They respond well to swimbaits, crawdads, and dark colored plastics.

     Crappie are being reported in small numbers. Tyler Ortiz of Oceanside weighed in a 1.20# crappie, one of more than a half dozen, he caught at the West 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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