Big trout the story at Dixon


Date: 11/16/13
Park hours: 6:00 AM –5:00 PM (Daily)
Dock closes: 4:00 PM (Boats called in @ 3:45 PM)
Last Plant: Nov. 6th 4500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout
Next Plant: Nov 20th 1500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout
Water Temperature: 62-64 degrees Water Level: falling/steady

Dixon Lake trout season un-officially started with a late stock on Wednesday October 30. A 1500 pound plant of Nebraska “tail walkers” was stocked that day….so Halloween day was the official “opening day” that started off slow and picked up throughout the day.

Biggest fish of the year goes to Benny Auguilar of Escondido who landed a 10.5 lb. trout on a night crawler from Trout Cove. Lane Austin of Murrieta had a huge day with a 7 lb. 11 oz. trout on a super-duper lure from Whisker Bay. He also landed a 6 lb. 7 ox. and a 6 lb. 1 oz. trout from the same area. Andrew Hernandez from Oceanside caught 7.75 lb. trout on a white power worm and Jarod Cardoza from Escondido caught a nice 6 lb. 3 oz. trout on white power bait both trout from Whisker Bay.

Dixon Lake will be getting the Nebraska Tail Walkers for the 2013/14 trout season. Best baits so far this season has been the power bait, power worms and especially Rooster Tail, Kastmaster and Thomas Buoyant lures that work well right after the stock. The concession will be fully stocked with plenty of those supplies including night crawlers. Trout Cove seems to be the hot ticket fishing area along with Whisker Bay and Pier #1 being a close second.

The 35th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby took place Nov. 8-11. Hours were from 6 AM to 4:45 PM each of those days. Prizes will be awarded with a grand prize for overall largest trout and division prizes for Senior, Adult and Youth for largest trout in each of those categories. Additional prizes will be for daily largest trout in 1st and 2nd place each day. A prize will go out to the smallest trout caught at the derby and the first 15 tagged trout turned in will also receive a prize. Final results will be announced in next week’s fish report.

For park rules, future trout stocking schedule and trout derby rules please call the Dixon Lake Ranger station at 760-839-4680 or visit

At the present time, Dixon Lake no longer requires a California fishing license from the Dept. of Fish & Game. Dixon Lake has been granted an Aquaculture Permit. All anglers 8 yrs. and older will need a daily fishing lake permit. A second rod permit/ticket now can be purchased for a $2.00 fee .All other park rules, fishing regulations and City of Escondido municipal codes will remain in effect.

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Dixon Lake is located in the city of Escondido, 40 miles north of San Diego. This small clear-water reservoir is known for producing quite literally the biggest largemouth bass in the world.

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