Escondido, CA
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Trout planting this week

A planning of 1,500 pound of Rainbow Trout were scheduled for Thursday, March 21 at Lake Wohlford.

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Open seven days a week)

Dock closes: 6:30 p.m.

Last Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday March 6.

Next Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Thursday March 21.

Water temperature: At surface 54.50 f., 9.56 D.O. @ 10’ 54.86 f., 9.42 D.O.

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

Permit and Boat Rentals are sold at the Ranger Station. They do not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle, so anglers must acquire these essentials items 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 bite is outstanding right now with boaters on the east end recording early morning limits and some fisherman literally catching them two at a time by courtesy of their second rod. We had multiple plants go in while the water was too stained to catch them and so they have just been stacking up waiting for the water to clear.

“On top of this the DFW fish truck rolled up on Tuesday to give us a surprise shot in the arm that put us over the top. With the abundance of trout it’s like opening day without the crowd!” said Scalo. 

He added, “In addition, we have three more plant between now and the first week of April so things aren’t likely to slow down anytime soon. Big trout of the week belonged to Robert Farris of Bonsall and weighed 6.00#s even. Mr. Farris caught his fish on Senior Shoreline on a combination of dough-bait and a powerworm. The east end is hot, as is the southern shore, Willow Cove, and stretches of Senior Shoreline. Yellow mouse-tails, power-eggs, and inflated night-crawlers, are the top baits.

Each month Whopper Contest winners in four categories are awarded a free fishing and boating permit. For information on the contest or fishing conditions, contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346.

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