Escondido, CA

Trout planting this week

Lake Wohlford is having a planting of 1,500 Rainbow Trout this week. That follows up on the similar planting of trout that happened on February 8.

Park hours: 6:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. (Open seven days a week)

Dock closes: 5:00 P.M.

Water temperature: At surface 59.72 f., 12.44 D.O. @ 10’ 58.46 f., 12.08 D.O.

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

To protect Wohlford from invasive exotic Quagga mussels, there is a ban on private water craft and equipment that could have been exposed to mussels. Restricted equipment includes private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors, and other equipment that contacts the water.

Lake Wohlford is offering $20 all day motor boats to seniors on Tuesday and Thursdays and to active military on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Permits and Boat Rentals are now being issued at the Ranger Station. At present we are limited to cash transactions only. We do not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle so anglers must acquire these essentials elsewhere prior to their visit.

Trout are being caught in Oakvale Cove and from the west end of Senior Shore to the buoy line. Heavy rains are expected over the weekend that could stain the water and stall the trout bite. We are planting again on Wednesday.

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

Crappie are beginning to appear in small numbers. More should emerge in the coming weeks. Crappie are close to the shore in the pre- dawn hours and retreat as the shadows disappear. They prefer the cover of shade and are most often caught using crappie jigs or live golden shiners.

The bass bite has yet to turn on, but the water is warming so it won’t be much longer. Largemouth Bass can be found around structure. Bass respond well to crawdads, swimbaits, 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.

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

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