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Trout season begins Saturday at Lake Wohlford

The beginning of trout season will be Saturday, December 10 at Lake Wohlford. There are 6,000 lbs. of Nebraska Tail-Walkers scheduled to be stocked for Saturday’s opener. There have been two small trout plants already made by the Department of Fish and Wildlife making this the earliest the lake has had trout in years.

After Saturday’s opener the lake will be open daily.

Hours are 6 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Water temperature: At surface 57.02 f., 7.31 D.O. @ 15’ 56.84 f., 7.02 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 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 they are limited to cash transactions only. Catfish are biting throughout the lake. Lake Wohlford cats prefer cut mackerel or chicken liver.

Largemouth bass can be found around structures. Justin Kennedy of Valley Center caught and released an 8.60 pound bass Saturday off the South Shore Rock Pile using a plastic worm. The re-appearance of trout in the lake makes this an excellent time to throw swim-baits in hopes of enticing a large bass.

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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