Escondido, CA

Trout season opens Saturday at Lake Wohlford

Tony Flores with his 17 pound catfish caught on December 1.

Opening day of trout season is next Saturday, December  14. The lake will re-open for weekday fishing at that time.

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 2.

Next Plant:  4,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Saturday December 14.

Water temperature: At surface 55.40 f., 7.86 D.O. @ 15’ 55.58 f., 7.69 D.O.

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

 Permit and Boat Rentals are sold at the Ranger Station. Rangers do not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle, so anglers must acquire these essentials items elsewhere prior to their visit. All day motor boats are discounted to $20 for active military every Saturday.

 Due to the threat of Quagga mussels, there is 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.

Make note that, in the interest of safety, the rental boat occupancy limits have been reduced. Now the passenger limit for motor boats and row boats is four adults, and just two adults for the bass boats.

Catfish are being caught at the West Buoys and in Oakvale Cove. Tony Flores of Escondido caught a 17 pound catfish at the West Buoy Line using cut mackerel. Drop by the ranger station to pick up a dough-bait recipe that works well for both catfish and carp.

Largemouth Bass can be found around structure. Bass respond well to crawdads, frogs, and dark colored plastics.

The new crappie float  has become the place to be for catching crappie. Jesse Tran caught a 1.40 pound crappie there using a crappie jig to move into the contest lead for December. Crappie are most often caught on finger jigs or live golden shiners.

  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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