Escondido, CA

Trout planting this week at Lake Wohlford

Park hours: 6:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. (Open seven days a week)

Dock closes: 6:30 P.M.

Last Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Friday March 22nd.

Next Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday March 27th.

Water temperature: At surface 57.02 f., 13.28 D.O. @ 15’ 57.56 f., 131.4 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.

  George Scalo Ranger Specialist said, “The trout bite is excellent. We just received the first of three consecutive weekly plants, the second is just four days off. They are catching fish in Boat Dock Cove, along Senior Shoreline, and on the east end of the lake. Big fish of the week belonged to Raul Galan of Encinitas and weighed 9.50#s. Mr. Galan caught his fish in Boat Dock Cove using rainbow powerbait. Powerbait dipped in garlic scent or inflated night-crawlers are the top baits.”

     The bass bite remains sluggish. Largemouth Bass can be found around structure and respond well to crawdads, frog poppers, and dark colored plastics.

     The crappie have yet to move in, but, with spring knocking on the door, the spawn is probably not far off.

     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 current fish photos, visit

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