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Trout fishing has slowed a bit but should pick up with Wednesday’s plant. As the water gradually warms up the Trout are gravitating more to the western, deeper, portions of the lake like Oakvale Cove and the areas west of Senior Shoreline. Powerbait and or powerworms (mostly greens and yellows), inflated nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs have been the top baits.
With each passing week the Bass bite is improving. The pre-spawn of the Largemouth Bass has begun and small to medium Bass can be found near structure, often feasting on shad. As the days grow longer and closing times are pushed back the half day bass boat rentals become more of a value. Swimbaits, shad raps, and dark colored plastics are all working well.
The bass bite continues to be good especially in the morning hours. Lake 5 has been the hot spot however all lakes are producing. Reminder ALL bass are catch and release. The lake record is 13 lb 8 oz. Michael Martinez age 14 from Santee landed a nice 7 lb bass out of Lake 5 on a nightcrawler. Billy Boucher reeled in a 6 lb. 8 oz. Bass also from Lake 5 on nightcrawler. Cameron Walton age 13 from Chula Vista caught a 2 lb. 4 oz. Bass from lake 7 on a kastmaster.
Lakes 6 and 7 are reserved for campers only.
There is one week left to catch a 5 lb or larger trout and get entered into the April 1st drawing for a flat screen TV. A total of 13,500 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked this season. Fish lakes 2, 3 or 4 in the day park or if camping lakes 6 and 7 also received stocks of trout.
Plenty of anglers to talk about this week. Dustin Walker swears he was using mackerel to haul in a 9 lb 4 oz limit of rainbow trout. Dan Jacobsmeier was more conventional using nightcrawlers to fool a 10 lb limit with the largest being 5 lbs 2 oz. Joe Wayman floated around Paradise Cove and managed a 3.8 and 2.8 lb trout with powerbait. Randy Minniear and Aaron Colombo hunkered down in Paradise Cove to limit their ‘bows with ‘micetails’ and garlic powerbait. Mike Seebold found a stringer of 7 lbs 6 ozs in Geezer Cove. Geezer Cove was also the spot for Joe James who limited with 9 lbs 2oz using green powerbait. Buck Rickles, a regular since 1954, had a good day with a limit totaling 18 lbs 10 ozs with powerbait. Dan and Mai Sansome both caught their limits, all totaled 22 lbs 2 ozs with the largest being 5 lbs 12 ozs with green sparkled powerbait in Paradise Cove.
Last week I hit El Capitan with my little brother Barry, who had one of the best days of fishing in his life. El Capitan is in full spawn mode, fish are shallow and easy to catch. We strictly fished Carolina Rigs on 15 pound test with 1 oz. weights, a 4′ leader and green pumpkin brushhog. We were targeting staging fish that hadn’t quite committed to the beds, and found a ton of nice ones.
We had fish come from 1 to 30 feet in depth, but the bigger ones with the fattest bellies are still in the deeper end of that range. We found the surface temperature to be about 64 degrees during the day. I can’t say enough good things about El Capitan right now, this lake is fishing pretty much wide open and you can catch them on pretty much everything. Now is the time to take advantage of the spawning cycle and catch those fat females!
We had another awesome week of trout fishing. Nightcrawlers and powerbait are both working well. Frank Rubalcaba from San Diego managed to haul in an 8 lb 14 oz trout from Lake 3 on 2 lb line. This trout was caught using powerbait and qualifies Frank for the April 1st TV drawing. Richard Ouk from El Cajon caught an 8 lb 8 oz trout from Lake 3 on mackerel, this trout must have been hungry. Richard also qualifies for the TV drawing.
Local angler Raymond Paul qualified for the TV drawing with his 7 lb 15 oz trout from Lake 4. Mak Bailey from San Diego caught a 5 lb trout out of Lake 3 on a nightcrawler and gets entered into the TV drawing. Don Ferrarotti of San Ysidro caught 2 trout out of Lake 3 on a powerbait and nightcrawler combo. His largest weighed 2 lbs.
The 15 pound trout caught on Thursday at Lake Poway was quickly topped on Saturday by Ephraim Draper. While fishing between Hidden and Boulder Bays with rainbow powerbait, the Poway resident landed a trout measuring 32.5 inches and weighing 16 pounds! The fight took over 10 minutes on 4 pound test, and Draper was tasked with landing the trout without a net, which he forgot at home that day. Poway Ranger Doug Smith said Draper told him he has been fishing Poway for 40 years, and this was the biggest fish he’s ever caught there. Congrats on the trout of a lifetime Ephraim!
Trout fishing picked up considerably prior to the rains. Many large Trout were recorded last week, but none bigger than Keo Sitth’s 14.15# caught on a powerworm between the West Buoys and Senior Shoreline. Other notable catches included; Stan Messin’s 9.55#, Konghai Chanthaphaung’s 8.95#, Fausto Barron’s 6.85#, Brandon Avalos’s 6.75#, Saleem Bodden’s 6.60# and David Lopez’s 6.10# Trout.. Senior Shoreline and all points west thereof have been doing well. Powerbait and or powerworms (mostly greens and yellows) and salmon eggs have been the top baits.
Dixon Lake Trout season so far has been excellent with conditions improving each week after a stock. Trout Cove and Jack Creek Cove has been the most productive with Whisker Bay and fishing near the Buoy line has been busy too. The trout seem to be spread out all over the lake. Just Ask David Grey from Encinitas who was fishing off Pier #1 who landed a 7 lb. 11 oz. trout on a Thomas Buoyant lure. Nice Job! The AM bite has been the key to a good start and lasting several hours then the bite slowly tapering off….then picking up again in the late afternoon.
The water temp is slowing climbing. Currently at 60 degrees. The bass are moving into the shallows getting ready for the spawn. All bass are catch and release which has increased our lakes bass population and size. Reminder if you put a line in the water you need a Lakes Permit.
Lakes 3 and 4 were stocked with trout this past Friday. This was the final trout stock this season. You have until March 31st to catch a Trout 5 lbs. or larger and get entered into the April 1st drawing for a flat screen TV. Swede Sommer from Spring Valley caught 2 Trout and a Catfish out of lake 4 on nightcrawlers. Largest Trout weighed in at 3 lbs.
Lake Poway Ranger Doug Smith reports that there were 6 trout over 8 pounds caught at Lake Poway on Wednesday and Thursday, including this 15 pound monster (pictured above) caught by Matt Hessamian. Matt caught the fish on a Thomas Bouyant while fishing in Half Moon Bay. Poway was stocked on Wednesday, March 6th with 1,500 pounds of “tail-walkers.” The next stock is scheduled for March 20th.
There was more fun on trout early this week. Herchel Ownbey and his son James from National City did well catching 7 rainbows on nightcrawlers in the Dam area. Their two largest were 5.25 lbs and 4.5 lbs. ‘The San Pedro Crew’ came down again. Dan, John, Gil and the rest had fun catching 3 limits in the cabin cove area both on a boat and on shore. They were inflating nightcrawlers and using green powerbait.
Anglers had another successful week of Trout fishing with lake 3 producing the most fish. Tom Drieci from San Diego hauled in a 10 lb. 8 oz. Trout (pictured) from lake 3 on powerbait and nightcrawler combo. Tom is entered into the April 1st drawing for a flat screen TV and not to mention walks away with 10 lbs. of Trout. Doug McConnaughey caught a 7 lb. 4 oz. Rainbow Trout out of lake 3 on a nightcrawler. Doug is also entered into the TV drawing. Paul Johnson from Chula Vista caught a 6 lb. 8 oz. Trout and is in the running for the TV. This fish was pulled from lake 4 on powerbait. Several other trout over 5 pounds were taken on nightcrawlers and powerbait.