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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.
After the stock on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday found the Lake in a Tailwalking frenzy! Thursday the fish were caught in all areas all along the shoreline with all bait varieties and Friday they had moved to their usual favorite holes like Half Moon Bay and Hidden Bay. Boaters found success as well and the bite in deeper water really picked up on Saturday morning, especially from Pine Point to Bucktail Bay. There have been some monster trout caught in the last few days and avid trout fisherman John Thomas (pictured top right) finally roped in his largest here at Lake Poway when he reeled in a scale tipping 10 pounder while using a rapala in Hidden Bay on Thursday.
The big fish at Lower Otay keep coming! On Sunday February 24th, just eight days after Mike Gilbert caught and released a 17.45 pound bass from Otay, 13 year old Colton Hallauer posted a teen-sized bass of his own. Colton, the son of local tournament angler and fishing guide Jim Hallauer has been dedicating himself to the pursuit of a double-digit bass and its paid off in a big way. While fishing a swimbait, Colton stuck this 13.4 pound sow.
Bryce Kelly age 20 from El Cajon caught and released an 8 lb. Bass (pictured) from lake 3 on a swimbait. Anglers are seeing the Bass move in closer to shore. Pre-spawn??
Thomas Campbell Jr. caught a 6 lb. 1oz. Trout out of lake 3 on a spinner bait. Terrence Toal from La Jolla caught a 5 lb. 2 oz. Rainbow out of lake 3 on powerbait. Bob Grant caught a 5 lb. 4 oz. Trout out of lake 3 on a nightcrawler. Grant Quinones from Alpine caught a stringer full of Trout out of lake 4. Largest weighed 5 lbs. 8 oz. Jim Darr landed a 5 lb. 8 oz. Trout out of lake 3 on chartreuse powerbait. Frank Rubalcaba caught a stringer of Trout out of lake 3 on powerbait. Largest weighed 4 lbs.
The Trout fishing has been good and should improve with Wednesday’s plant. Melyssa Tornello (pictured) of Rancho San Diego can claim big fish honors for the week with her 7.90# rainbow caught on a nightcrawler in Boat Dock Cove. Other notable catches include; Rudy Baay’s 7.40#, Darien Hightower’s 6.95#, and Michael Cork’s 5.50#. Boat Dock Cove, Senior Shoreline, and Willow Cove have all been doing well. Salmon eggs, mouse tails, and inflated nightcrawlers are the top baits.
422 anglers attended this past weekend’s Trout Season Re-Opener. 2,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout was split into lakes 3 and 4 including tagged fish and HUGE Trophy Trout. Fernando Martinez (pictured) caught the largest trout over the weekend at 8 lbs. 4 oz. He also caught a 6 lb. Trout that was the fifth largest. Both came out of lake 4 on a nightcrawler. Fernando won a portable DVD player, a fishing pole and tackle bag.
Trout Season is underway. This past weekend the Lakes hosted its Trout Opener. We had a great turnout with over 700 anglers in attendance. 2,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout was split into lakes 2, 3 and 4. All 3 lakes received tagged fish and HUGE trophy trout. Fishing was good with several limits taken. Missed the Opener? We still have lots of Trout and tagged Trout swimming in the lakes. Santee Lakes is open 7 days a week.
Teams fished all summer long in the El Cajon Ford Night Tournament Series for the chance to win a fishing…