Lake Wohlford is a moderately sized reservoir in Escondido about an hour north of downtown San Diego. The shoreline is lined with rocky outcroppings, and offshore rock piles provide excellent fish habitat.
Rainbow trout are heavily stocked in the winter months and are the primary angling focus during that time. But Wohlford has a history of producing big largemouth bass – one of the few lakes in the world that have produced a bass over 19 pounds. Catfish, crappie, and bluegill round out the fishing options at Wohlford.
Lake Wohlford is located at 25453 Lake Wohlford Road in Escondido.
Hours, Fees and Boating
The lake is open daily from 6:00 am to dusk from mid-December through the weekend following Labor Day in September, and open on the weekends only otherwise.
See our “Lake Permits and Fees” page for current daily fishing permit rates. A California Sport Fishing License is required for all anglers 16 years of age and older.
Lake Wohlford does have a boat ramp, but it is currently closed due to the low water conditions. Further, Wohlford has a ban on float tubes, kayaks, even boat anchors and bait buckets that might have come in contact with Quagga infested water at other lakes. Rental boats (both row boats, motorboats, and bass boats with electric trolling motors) are available.
There are no concession services at the lake, but on the lake’s north side is the popular Smokey’s Lake Wohlford Cafe which offers good food and even sells California Sport Fishing Licenses.
Water Level Trend
The following chart shows measured water levels at Lake Wohlford over the previous 12 months.
Lake Wohlford Fishing Records
|Black Crappie||3.50||1982||Delbert Carter|
|Black Crappie||3.50||2016||Randy Eddo|
|Blue Catfish||49.30||2014||Paul Voytko|
|Channel Catfish||27||2007||Jack Soup|
|Largemouth Bass||19.1875||1986||Steve Beasley|
|Rainbow Trout||16.25||1999||Alan Vietor|
Recent and Future Fish Plants
|11/6/16||Rainbow Trout||CDFW||NA||Not officially listed on CDFW website - confirmed by lake staff and CDFW|
|11/20/16||Rainbow Trout||CDFW||NA||Not officially listed on CDFW website - confirmed by lake staff and CDFW|
|12/10/16||Rainbow Trout||Chaulk Mound||6,000||First stock of the season|