San Vicente Reservoir

San Vicente Reservoir is San Diego’s largest freshwater body of water. It is currently closed for the San Vicente Dam Raise Project which added an additional 117 vertical feet to the existing dam, which was originally 220 feet tall.

Work on the dam is complete, and the reservoir will reopen when work on the marina is complete and the water level reaches the new launch ramp. That will only occur through a considerable amount of rain.

Fishing at San Vicente is not allowed until the lake reopens officially. Those caught fishing are being charged with misdemeanors.

Water Level Trend

The following chart shows measured water levels (feet below capacity) at San Vicente Reservoir over the previous 12 months.

San Vicente Reservoir Fishing Records

Black Crappie3.681970
Blue Catfish113.402008Steve Oudomsouk
Bullhead (Yellow)2.751979
Channel Catfish41.652004 
Green Sunfish1.061965 
Largemouth Bass18.751981James Steurgeon
Rainbow Trout15.351999
Redear Sunfish3.72002
White Catfish7.181974

Recent and Future Fish Plants

DateSpeciesSourceWeight (lbs)Notes

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