The SDFish Report

Current San Diego fishing report, fish counts, and conditions

Bass across the county are keyed in on shad and biting reaction lures. The Summer catfish season is here, with regular catfish stocks occurring throughout the county. Bluefin tuna are being found within 1 day range of the local sportfishing fleet, but haven’t yet started biting full speed.

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Impressive Catches

Freshwater Lakes

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  • Barrett Lake: Aggressive northern-strain largemouth bass at Barrett are in a typical summer feeding pattern. Anglers are having good success early and late on topwater and shad imitating baits. Jigs, senkos and plastic worms are producing on deeper structure during midday. The arms are choked with moss, with the main lake having the cleanest water. Tickets for the month of August will go on sale on Tuesday, July 9th at 7 PM via Ticketmaster.

    Lake Cuyamaca: Bass are at the very tail end of their spawn at high-elevation Cuyamaca, and switching to post-spawn and summer patterns. Trout are planted frequently. Recently they stocked 1,200 trout from 15-19 inches that were homegrown in their own hatchery at the lake. The CDFW last stocked the week of June 9th, and has another plant scheduled for this week. ‘Maca is open daily from 6 am to 4 pm.

    Chollas Lake: Open to kids only (15 and under). The CDFW has made a few small trout plants at Chollas Lake this year, most recently the week of March 31st. Though the CDFW does not divulge the amount of trout stocked, they typically put 125-200 pounds of rainbows per stock – about 250-400 fish averaging 1/2 pound in weight. Open daily 6:30 am – 30 minutes before sunset.

    Diamond Valley Lake: The water is cleaning up nicely at Diamond Valley, which had been plagued by an algae bloom through most of the Spring. Bass fishing has been good at DVL all year though, algae bloom or not. Kyle Grover and Garrett Howard had a 3-fish night tournament limit on Saturday night that went 23.5 pounds!  Diamond Valley is open Wednesday to Sunday from sunrise to an hour before sunset.

    Dixon Lake: With water temperatures in the low 70s, trout season is all but wrapped up at Dixon. The prime catfish season is just around the corner though. The water clarity is over 20 feet currently, so tactics for bass need to be stealth. Target bass that are deep in cover, or with long costs to avoid fish that can see you. Typically bass will begin schooling on shad this time of year and can be caught on small shad imitating lures like Megabait spoons and small senkos. No state fishing license is required to fish at Dixon, and the lake is open daily 6 am to 5:30 pm.

    Doane Pond: This small pond received several recent trout plants from the CDFW, including the weeks of March 31st, May 5th, May 26th and June 9th. Another stock is planned for this week. Trout are typically stocked by the CDFW April through June at Doane and average about 150 pounds per stock, 1/2 pound average fish.

    El Capitan Reservoir: Bass fishing at El Capitan has been good on reaction baits like spinnerbaits and chatterbaits, as well as the standard jigs and plastics. Topwater baits are working early and late as bass gorge themselves on shad. Lake staff reported that the 31 anglers checked caught and released 250 bass, 104 bluegill, and 4 crappie the week of June 17th. El Capitan is open on its Summer schedule; open for fishing Friday through Tuesday from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour before sunset. The water temperature is in the mid-60s, and the boat launching conditions are good despite the lake level dropping. It’s down about 2 vertical feet since the start of the month.

    Guajome Park: No recent reports from Guajome Park. But the ponds are open for shore fishing from 9:30 am to sunset each day. Parking is $3.

    Lake Henshaw: No recent reports from Henshaw. The CDFW has been making a concerted effort to improve fishing at Henshaw the last couple years by adding a lot of fish habitat. Once a very popular destination for bass anglers, Henshaw is now mostly known for its carp population – which local fly anglers and bow fishermen appreciate. The lake is open daily for fishing.

    Lake Hodges: Bass and catfish action is good at Hodges, while panfish are biting full speed. Bass are being caught on typical presentations; jigs, and plastics with some reaction bait fish mixed in. Crappie are being taken on live shiners. Mackerel is the best bet for catfish. Hodges is open on a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday schedule through October. The concession stand opened on March 7th – so rental boats are now available. Boat launching is good using their secondary ramp.

    Lake Jennings: Jennings will be open daily in July, but for the last week of June you’ll have to come on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Trout season has concluded, and with warm water temperatures all angling attention should be on the bass, panfish and catfish fisheries at Jennings. Clear water makes bass fishing challenging, but long casts and a stealthy approach in deep water will pay off for patient anglers. 1,000 pounds of catfish were recently stocked on June 21st.

    Lindo LakeTruthfully, don’t expect much at Lindo in terms of fishing outside of trout plants in the winter, but there are bass, catfish, carp, and bluegill in Lindo – and every now and again some kid catches a pretty nice bass and reminds us they’re there. Lindo Lake is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

    Loveland Reservoir: Like most lakes in the county, bass at Loveland are keyed in on schools of bait and can be targeted on reaction baits early and late with plastics and jigs the focus during the day. Loveland is open daily (closed on major holidays), currently from 6 am to 5 pm.

    Lower Otay Lake: Find the bait, and you’ll find a ton of aggressive and easy to catch bass right now. Anything that imitates a shad will get bit; spinnerbaits, jerk baits, flukes, etc…Most of the schooling bass will be less than 4 pounds. Bass up to 7.5 pounds have shown up lately in creel checks. Bluegill fishing is especially good currently. Lower Otay is open on a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday schedule for shore fishing, float tubes/kayaks, rental boats and private boats.

    Lake Miramar: Trout were last stocked by the CDFW the week of May 5th, but warmer water temperatures should turn your attention toward bass and catfish. The clear water presents a challenge, and bass typically either go to deep water, or deep in the tules at Miramar in the summer so they can be a challenge to locate. The lake is open for fishing and private boats, kayaks and float tubes daily one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Gates open at 5:30 am. Call 858-527-1722 for concession hours if you’re interested in rental boats.

    Lake Morena: The bass spawn is wrapping up at Morena, with most bass in the post-spawn cycle. Morena receives very little fishing pressure, so the fishing can be pretty spectacular at times if you figure them out. Boat launching is available and the lake is open daily from 6 am to 4:30 pm – rental boats also available.

    Lake Murray: Murray received its last trout of the season the first week of May. Plastic worms fished off points will produce bass this time of year. The topwater bite can be good early and late as bass wrangle shad schools in open water. Murray is open daily, and the boat ramp is reliably operational.

    Lake Poway:  Rangers at Poway report good catfish fishing along the log boom, and bass biting for both shore and boat anglers. Poway is open Wednesday through Sunday from 6 am to sunset. Night fishing starts July 5th, and continues each Friday and Saturday through August 31. On night fishing dates the lake stays open until 11:30 pm.

    Lake Ramona: This little hike-in only lake is open daily for shore fishing (no boats, tubes, or any type of vessel or water contact permitted). Long casts and a stealth approach are paramount to any sort of real success up there as the water is ultra clear. Pack plenty of water for the long and grueling walk in from the Blue Sky Reserve parking lot in Poway. No permits are required, but a California State Fishing License is.

    San Diego River: This is a very productive time to of the year to fish the San Diego River. Bass will typically be active for the next couple months and accessible in the shallow water along the shoreline. The river is, of course, open daily, no permits required, but you need a California State Fishing License. Be careful of your surroundings, the riverbed is littered with vagrants and trash.

    San Vicente Reservoir: Water temps are in the mid-70s at San Vicente. Concessionaire Rocky Mountain Recreation reports that bass are scattered from depths as shallow as 5′ and as deep as 30′. Bluegill action is good with the backs of coves and cuts producing the best. San Vee is open for fishing Thursday through Monday, launching conditions are good. For boat rental availability, call the concessionaire at 619-390-1918.

    Santee Lakes: Catfish are stocked regularly through the first week of October. Bass are catch and release only at Santee Lakes. Park hours are 8 am to 7 pm Monday – Thursday and 6 am to 7 pm Friday – Sunday.

    Lake Skinner: The water temperature is in the mid-70s at Skinner. Catfish were stocked on June 21st. Striper, largemouth, bluegill and catfish action is all reported as steady, but not great. Skinner is open daily from 6 am to 10 pm, with the marina closing at 5 pm. For more information, contact the marina at (951)926-8515.

    Lake Sutherland:  Sutherland is open on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedule. The launch ramp is operational at its current water level, but boat launching is only permitted on Saturdays and Sundays and requires an inspection for quaggas.

    Sweetwater Reservoir: Sweetwater is open for shore fishing only on a very limited 2.5 mile stretch of shoreline. Permits are $5 (cash only) and a California Sport Fishing License is required as well. No boats, float tubes, or kayaks permitted. Open for fishing Saturday – Monday from 7 am to 4 pm. Closed on major holidays. No live bait allowed, except for worms and crickets.

    Upper Otay Lake: Open for shore fishing and float tubing only on a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday schedule. Permits can be purchased from an iron ranger pay station. Catch and release only, no bait, barbless artificials only.

    Lake Wohlford: Anthony Umhra of Vista caught a 10.6 pound largemouth bass on a swimbait from Senior Shoreline. Rangers report crawdads, swimbaits and dark colored plastics producing for bass. The water temperature is in the low to mid-70s currently. 1,000 pounds of channel catfish are due to be stocked on Wednesday, July 3rd. 750 pounds were stocked on June 14th. Wohlford is open for fishing daily right now from 6 am to 7:30 pm. Private boats are STILL outlawed…



    Fish Plants

    The CDFW planted trout at Lake Cuyamaca and Diane Pond the week of June 9th, with plants scheduled for this week at both of those locations as well.

    For a schedule of all fish plants taking place in San Diego County, check out our Fish Stocking Schedule.

    Bay Fishing

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  • Fishing in San Diego Bay and Mission Bay is still very good! Spotted bay bass, halibut, corvina and lots of sharks and rays have been reported recently. The halibut fishing lately has been particularly good!

    Make sure to check out our Bay Fishing Forum for the rest of the recent reports. There are a lot of great reports available right now, too many to mention here. Don’t forget to post your reports as well…

    Surf Fishing

    The stable weather has improved surf fishing, and anglers are having success for halibut, surf perch, corbina, and rays right now from the county’s beaches.

    Follow along with our surf fishing forum for all of the intel.

    Upcoming Predicted Grunion Runs

    • Tuesday, July 2 – 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm
    • Wednesday, July 3 – 10:15 pm – 12:15 am
    • Thursday, July 4 – 11:00 pm – 1:00 am
    • Friday, July 5 – 11:50 pm – 1:50 am

    Tides this Week

    Tidal swings are going to be pretty weak for the next few days but start to swing better on June 29th with some big outgoing tides in the days following.

    Saltwater Sportfishing / Deep Sea Fishing

    Bluefin tuna are around with some of the 1.5 day boats running into them. Most Captains report that its still tough to get them to bite, but they expect things to open up any day. This week’s weather looks good for fishing with 2-3 foot swells.

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  • 1/2 Days: Boats are targeting rockfish with success. The New Seaforth out of Seaforth Landing put up big rockfish numbers on both their AM and PM 1/2 day trips on June 23rd. They had 295 rockfish for 75 anglers in the morning and 199 rockfish with 54 anglers in the afternoon.

    3/4 Days: The Sea Watch out of Seaforth Landing put their 40 anglers on 207 rockfish on the June 23rd 3/4 day trip.

    Full Day: Full day boats are doing a mix of things right now, some are targeting rockfish, others yellowtail, and a few venturing out trying to get on the bluefin.

    1.5 Day: Most of these boats are looking for bluefin, and only having marginal success at that currently. The bluefin are around, they’re just not biting full speed yet.

    Multi-Day: Nothing to report

    Coastal Waters Forecast from the National Weather Service

    Coastal Waters from San Mateo Point to the Mexican Border and out to 30 nm

    • TONIGHT…Wind W 10 kt with gusts to 15 kt in the evening…
      becoming variable less than 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Mixed
      swell W 2 ft at 9 seconds and S 2 ft at 14 seconds.
    • MON…Wind variable less than 10 kt…becoming W 10 kt in the
      afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Mixed swell W 2 ft at
      9 seconds and S 2 ft at 14 seconds.
    • MON NIGHT…Wind variable less than 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or
      less. Mixed swell W 2 ft at 9 seconds and S 2 to 3 ft at
      16 seconds.
    • TUE…Wind variable less than 10 kt…becoming SW 10 kt in the
      afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Mixed swell W 2 ft at
      9 seconds and S 2 to 3 ft at 16 seconds.
    • TUE NIGHT…Wind variable less than 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or
      less. Mixed swell W 2 ft at 8 seconds and S 2 to 3 ft at
      15 seconds.
    • WED…Wind variable less than 10 kt…becoming SW 10 kt in the
      afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Mixed swell W 2 ft and S 2 to
      3 ft.
    • WED NIGHT…Wind variable less than 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or
      less. Mixed swell W 2 ft and S 2 to 3 ft.
    • THU…Wind variable less than 10 kt…becoming SW 10 kt in the
      afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Mixed swell W 2 to 3 ft and S
      2 ft.
    • THU NIGHT…Wind variable less than 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or
      less. Mixed swell W 2 to 3 ft and S 2 ft.
    • FRI…Wind variable less than 10 kt…becoming SW 10 kt in the
      afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Mixed swell W 3 ft and S
      2 ft.
    • FRI NIGHT…Wind variable less than 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or
      less. Mixed swell W 2 to 3 ft and S 2 ft.

    Upcoming San Diego Area Fishing Events

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