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Trout planting this week at Lake Wohlford

Luke Vanlaeys with his 7.4 pound trout.

A 3,000-pound planting of Rainbow Trout will be taking place this week, December 3, at Lake Wohlford.
Park hours: 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Open seven days a week)
Dock closes: 4:30 p.m.
Last Plant: 1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday December 20.
Next Plant: 3,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday January 3.
Water temperature: At surface 54.32 f., 7.43 D.O. @ 10’ 54.68 f., 7.22 D.O.
Water level: Low level, private water craft are currently banned.
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. Please take note; we 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.
Ranger George Scalo said this week, “The trout fishing has slowed a bit from the blistering pace of the first few weeks. We are poised to rebound sharply as Wednesday’s double plant promises to deliver some of the best fishing since the opener.”
Big fish of the week belonged to Luke Vanlaeys of Temecula who caught a 7.40-pound trout on a night-crawler in Boat Dock Cove. Other notable catches included Jeff Green’s 6.50 pound and Elena Lavine’s 5-pound trout. The east end of the lake is the hottest right now, but Boat Dock Cove should experience a notable surge following the plant. Inflated night-crawlers, mouse-tails or power-bait (green or yellow), is what is working best right now.
The bass have been elusive this month. 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.

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