Escondido, CA

Trout season opens December 9 at Wohlford

Wendell Jackson with his 2.10 pound crappie.

The December 9 “Trout opener” at Lake Wohlford marks the re-opening of the park for weekday fishing. The lake will re-open for weekday fishing following the first trout plant.

The lake has been closed on weekdays throughout the fall.

According to Ranger George Scalo, “We re-introduce trout into the lake with a sizable stock of 6,000 lbs. just prior to the opener. Upwards of fifty cars are waiting at the gate at 6 a.m.”

He added, “We expect hundreds maybe a thousand anglers to pass through our gates in the first few days. There is a long history of trout fishing here. We were the first lake in San Diego County to plant trout beginning in 1952 and although many other lakes in the area, whose water gets colder earlier than ours, may have been stocking trout for several weeks our opener marks sort the traditional beginning of the season in the minds of a lot of the old-time fisher folk in the area.”

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed Weekdays, Open Weekends Only)

Dock closes: 4:30 p.m.

Last Plant:  750 lbs. of Channel Catfish Friday August 4.

Next Plant:  6,000 pounds of Rainbow Trout Saturday December 9.

Water temperature: At surface 64.22 f., 4.45 D.O. @ 15’ 64.22 f., 4.33 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.

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. The ranger station does 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 active military every Saturday.

Catfish can be caught throughout the lake. Chicken liver or cut mackerel are two of the most preferred baits for catfish. Stop by the ranger station for a dough-bait recipe that works well for both catfish and carp.

Mostly small bass being caught by fisherman working the bulrushes from boats with frogs and other 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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