Escondido, CA

Trout season opens this week at Dixon

Trout season opened Wednesday, 6 a.m. at Dixon Lake. On that day, the lake received about 4,000 pounds.

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dock closes:  4 p.m. (Boats called in at 3:45 p.m.)

Last Plant: August 18:  1000 pounds of Channel Catfish

Water Temperature: 67 degrees. Water Level: steady to lower levels.

Dixon just completed its catfish season. They will be back next summer. That doesn’t mean catfish are not at Dixon. Fall/winter has great opportunities for catfish when anglers target this species.  Try deeper ends of the lake and especially after the rains.

On Wednesday, the trout were scheduled to be delivered from Calaveras Trout Farms, which is located in Snelling, California on the north bank of the Merced River The hatchery delivered in two different days due to the size of their trucks.  Dixon was due to receive 4000 lbs. of California rainbow trout on Wednesday and 500 lbs. on Friday, November 17.

So, the “opening trout season” will officially start on November 18. The lake will remain open during those stock dates.

All of the bass have completed the spawning period and the lake has seen large numbers of bass fly . . . future world records. Persistence pays off at this lake.  As always, to preserve the bass population, always capture the photo and then practice catch and release.  For you jig chucker’s . . . try anything that matches the bait which resembles a small silver minnow or a small rainbow trout jig for the bigger bass. The bass have been starting to chase some smaller chad schools in the cove area.

A NEW LAKE RECORD . . . from the lake’s last year derby grand prize winner and a lake record was broken by Don Stephensen  (long time angler)  who pulled in a 16.82 pound Tailwalker rainbow trout while only using 4 pound test fishing line. The fish battled for 20 minutes before finally coming ashore. Stephensen was using a “green smoking worm jig” between Pier #2 and Trout cove shoreline.  He didn’t give much time for the ink to dry as Steve Capps’s name was only there for less than six weeks. It is the third trout this season to be over the 16-pound mark.

Dixon Lake staff encourages anglers who qualify to take advantage of “Senior/Military Wednesdays.” Senior citizens 60 and better and military personnel are eligible to rent an all-day motor boat for $18, or an all-day row boat for $12.  Permits are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors over 60 and youths between the ages of 8-15 years old.

For more information on park rules, future stocking schedules, and other information, please call the Dixon Lake Ranger station at 760-839-4680, or visit

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Dixon Lake has been granted an Aquaculture Permit by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Therefore, anglers are not required to have a California fishing license while fishing at Dixon Lake.  However, all anglers 8 years and older must purchase a daily lake fishing permit (Adults – $7, Youth ages 8-15 and Seniors 60 and better $5). A second rod permit can be purchased for an additional $2.  Fishing permits are available for purchase at the concession stand near the Ranger Station.

All other park rules, fishing regulations and City of Escondido municipal codes will remain in effect and will be enforced by Park Rangers.

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