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Trout season in full swing at Lake Wohlford



Big fish of the week belonged to David James who caught an 11.10 pound trout using rainbow powerbait on Senior Shoreline.

Big fish of the week belonged to David James who caught an 11.10 pound trout using rainbow powerbait on Senior Shoreline.

With large plants of rainbow trout just before Christmas and another planned for just after New Year, this is the time for serious trout anglers to hit the lake.

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 the lake is limited to cash transactions only.

Trout fishing has slowed due to the rains. Big fish of the week belonged to David James who caught an 11.10-pound trout using rainbow powerbait on Senior Shoreline. Second place went to Jose Lopez of Escondido who caught a 9.65 pound trout on green powerbait in Oakvale Cove. Other notable catches included Herb Cruz’s 5.80 pound trout caught on a night-crawler on Senior Shoreline. Top baits are powerbait (rainbow or green), or inflated night crawlers dipped in garlic sauce.

Largemouth Bass can be found around structure. Justin Kennedy of Valley Center caught and released a 6.10 pound bass Tuesday using a plastic worm at the West Buoy Line. The re-appearance of trout in the lake makes this an excellent time for swim-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, please contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346.

To view the lake’s current fish photos, visit: www.wohlfordlake.com

Whopper contest leaders for December are: Joey Mayerchik – 39.15-pound catfish Daniel Fernandez – 14.50 pound trout Justin Kennedy – 6.10 pound bass Randy Eddo – 2.10 pound crappie

Park hours:

6 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Open seven days a week, closed Christmas)

Dock closes:

4:30 p.m.

Last Plant:

1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday December 21.

Next Plant:

3,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday January 4th.

Water temperature:

At surface 56.12 f., 8.14 D.O. @ 10’ 56.12 f., 8.00 D.O.

Water level:

Low level, private water craft are currently banned.


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