Dixon Lake’s summer season is here, warm days and cool evening hours are the perfect time to a soak a line for the whisker fish. The mid-summer swing is on for the catfish. The lake has been stocked with 1000 pounds of catfish each week since night fishing season has started July 11th. Over 5000 pounds of channel cats have gone into the lake so far. Double digit Dixon is holding up to its name as Don Nguyen of San Diego caught a 10.6 catfish (pictured at right) at the Buoy line on cut mackerel with blood sauce. Duc Le also from San Diego caught an 8.1 pound catfish on cut mackerel from Catfish Cove. Caesar Gordillo of Carlsbad landed a nice 8.2 cat on mackerel from Pier #2. Jed Dickerson Jr. of Oceanside reeled in a 7 pound catfish on mackerel from Bass Cove.
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Catfish can be found at the east end of the lake near the mouth of the canal. Lake Wohlford cats prefer chicken liver or cut mackerel. Stop by the ranger station for a dough-bait recipe that works great on both Catfish and Carp.
Crappie are being caught in small numbers, primarily early in the morning. Crappie prefer the cover of rocks or submerged willows and respond well to finger-jigs or live golden shiners.
Lakes 3 and 4 were stocked this past week with several limits coming out of lake 3. Mackerel, mealworms and shrimp all working well. Join us this Thursday, July 25th for our next Nightfishing Event. Fish lakes 1 through 4 from 5:00 pm till 11:30 pm.
Khunnarith Ouk from El Cajon caught a tagged Catfish out of lake 3 on mackerel. This catfish weighed in at 2 lbs. 4 oz. and the lucky angler won a Rod and Reel combo. Ryan Lewis also from El Cajon caught 3 Catfish out of lake 3 on nightcrawlers.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved Lake Jennings to stock wipers. 1,200 pounds of the White Bass/Striped Bass Hybrid will be stocked Wednesday, July 31st 2013. The lake is open every day this month so come on by to see this species introduced.
Moving on, not much has changed for this week, the top water bite for bass is going on during the first and last hour of daylight. The lake level is being brought down so bass that were in the 25-30′ may be much closer. The catfish bite continues in the coves and the redear sunfish continue to stick around in Cloister and Half Moon Cove.
Logen Siminoff age 11 of Santee caught an 8lb Bass on a plastic worm out of Lake 5.
Last Thursday was night fishing which had a good angler turn out. Ryan Lewis caught a total of 3 catfish out of Lake 3 using night crawlers for bait. Catfish were being caught out of lakes 2, 3 and 4.
The next Night fishing date will be held Thursday July 25th. Night fishing permits are sold starting at 4:30pm and are good to fish up to 11:30pm. Remember lanterns required.
The top water bite for bass is going on during the first and last hour of daylight. The lake level is being brought down so bass that were in the 25-30′ may be much closer. The Cat bite continues in the coves and this Thursday another 1,000 pounds will be placed. Red Ears continue to stick around in Cloister and Half Moon Cove.
Santee Lakes will again be open for night fishing this Thursday, July 11th from 5 pm to 11:30 pm in…
There are still some trout out there near the dam. Over the past weeks several rainbows showed up in a few anglers creels. The largemouth bass are continuing to be found throughout the lake. Plenty of 1 and 2 pounders were reported; all but a few were caught and released. No monsters reported.
Catfish have continued to please anglers with many limits reported. Nightcrawlers are the best bet, and then comes Chicken Livers as the best bait. One of the best spots were near the boulders at Cabin Cove.
The Bass bite continues to be good. Fish lakes 1 through 4 close to the shore and cattails. Fish the evening bite this Thursday during our next nightfishing event.
12,000 lbs. of Catfish has been stocked so far this summer. Lakes 3 and 4 split 1,000 lbs. of Catfish this past Friday. Our next stock is scheduled for July 19th. Lakes 2, 3 and 4 have all been hot spots for the whisker fish. Mackerel, mealworms and shrimp are the popular baits.
The top water bite for bass is going on during the first and last hour of daylight. To get in on this action you need to be prepared when you arrive to get out on the water. After that the first and last few hours will continue with a bite if you switch up to a drop shot and work your away around the lake. The cat bite is improving with boaters doing better than shore simply because they can access more areas but cats are being caught in all corners of the lake. Red ears continue to be caught in Cloister and Half Moon Coves.
Dixon Lake’s summer season is here – warm days and cool evening hours are the perfect time to a soak a line for the whisker fish. Now get ready for the catfish season as we kick off night fishing starting July 11th as the season opener. The lake will be stocked with 1000 pounds of catfish on opening day.
Best baits in the past have been cut mackerel or sardines, chicken livers and shrimp. Use 8-10 lb. test line and a sliding sinker for best results. Catfish stocked are usually in the 2 pound range with the bigger hold-over cats from past years.