Park hours: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Daily)
Dock closes: 5:00 PM (Boats are called in @ 4:45 PM)
Last Plant: Feb. 26th (1500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout)
Next Plant: March 12th (1500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout)
Water Temperature: 56 degrees at the surface
Dixon Lake recorded a NEW LAKE RECORD Crappie as Tasi Tautala from San Diego smashes the old lake record less than 1 month ago. Sorry Joseph Gareghan, whose previous record stood at 1 lb.11 oz. gets crush by a 2 lb. 9 oz. hefty of a beast crappie. On his first cast of the morning landed a new lake record on a crappie mini jig from the Boat Dock Cove Area.
Trout season so far has been good with conditions improving each week after a stock. The trend continues with good fishing 3 to 4 days after the stock even between rain storms this weekend…. The bite tends to slow down during a skip week which will be 3/3 to 3/7. Trout Cove and Jack Creek Cove has been productive with Whisker Bay producing the bigger fish. Pier # 1 has been the hot spot this week. The opening bite has been the key to a good start and lasting several hours and the bite slowly tapering off….then picking up again in the late afternoon.
For the best results in fishing for trout, try using the lightest line possible in the 2-4 lb. test line with a long leader and a small light weight…this set up seems to works best for these picky fish. Best baits for trout have been Power bait in rainbow and green colors. Green and white Power worms, mini jigs have been the lucky colors for big trout. Night crawlers are the trout’s best friend and are good go-to bait when the bite slows down.
The bass has a slow to steady pace this week with some decent size being caught and released fishing the cove areas on plastics. Anglers reported the bass slowly moving into the shallows. Notable catch of the week goes to Ditt Gifford from Escondido with a 10.7 lb. bass fishing a Robo worm from Pier #3 area. Other smaller bass are being picked off by fishing the drop-shot plastic worms. The month of March is usually the start of the nesting season for the spawn. No major movement after this weekend storms. The moment could happen very soon as the warmer weather returns.
The next stock will be planted with 1500 lbs. of Nebraska “Tail walker” trout on 03/12/14 pending all weather and road conditions. For further information on the fishing regulations, rules and stocking schedule, call the Dixon Lake Ranger Station at 760-839-4680
At the present time, Dixon Lake no longer requires a California fishing license from the Dept. of Fish & Game. Dixon Lake received and was granted an Aquaculture Permit. This permit is valid again for the 2014 calendar year. All anglers 8 yrs. and older will still need a daily fishing lake permit. A second rod permit/ticket can be purchased for an additional $2.00 fee. All other park rules, fishing regulations and City of Escondido municipal codes will remain in effect until further notice other than no fishing license required.