Miramar is a small, even by San Diego standards, reservoir located in Scripps Ranch. The reservoir is known for big bass, although not many of those have shown up in the fish reports over the last 10 years or so. Currently the lake is mostly known for its trout fishing, with stocks from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife occuring in the Winter months. The City of San Diego no longer stocks trout at any of its reservoirs, including Miramar.
The lake sustains a bass population estimated at approximately 5,000, which is considerably less than most of the other lakes in the County. Compare to El Capitan or San Vicente which sustain close to 100,000 bass.
Bass anglers casting shad-patterned crankbaits can have a lot of success during the early summer. Another technique that can work at Miramar is split-shoting or drop-shotting worms just above the grass-weed-muck-covered bottom. Weightless senkos fished along the edge of the tules with long casts can have good success on bass from Spring to Summer while bass are in their spawning cycle.
There is limited shoreline access at Miramar, so the majority of the trout anglers congregate along the area of the lake known as Mo's Hole just East of the launch ramp and boat dock. You can drive most of the way around the lake to access other shoreline spots including the fishing docks on the North side of the lake, the road is open Saturday through Tuesday only though.
From Interstate 15 proceed east on Mira Mesa Boulevard, turn south on Scripps Ranch Boulevard, then east on Scripps Lake Drive to the reservoir entrance.
Hours, Fees & Boating Information
Miramar is open for fishing and boating seven days a week, but the concession is currently open on a weekend only schedule with boat rentals available then. There is no HP limit at the lake, but 5 mph is the speed limit. The lake and launch ramp are open 7 days a week for fishing. There is a boat ramp and loading dock available for private boats. Canoes, Kayaks and Float tubes are permitted as long as tubers wear full waders and conform to all Coast Guard regulations. Direct water contact such as swimming and wading is not permitted.
Facilities & Recreation Information
Charcoal barbeques and picnic tables are readily available for family outings. There are vending machines with basic snacks typical of most vending machines. There are no campgrounds at Miramar.