Dixon Lake Fish Report


Best baits for trout have been garlic flavored power bait in rainbow and green colors. White, red and orange color Power worms have been the lucky colors for the big trout. Top lures right now have been the mini Crappie jigs.

Bass fishing has been steady…smaller sized bass have moved into the shallows and are providing some action. Only 1 big bass to report this week…Josh Vang of San Diego reported a 9 lb. 8 oz. bass while fishing a plastic swim bait from the South shoreline near Bass Point. Conditions continue to improve as the weather warms up.

The 16th Annual Kiwanis Charity Trout Derby will be April 27th and April 28th. There will be 3000 pounds of trout stock for the derby. The Kiwanis will ha a trout pond again this year where children 7 and under can fish for free. Junior and Adult fishing prizes will be awarded along with an opportunity drawing. The cost is $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and children 8-15 years of age. Plus a $5vehicle entry that enters the park each day. Contact 760-518-8545 or visit www.hvkiwanis.org for more information.

The last stock will be planted with 3000 lbs. of Nebraska “Tail walker” trout on 04/24/13 pending all weather and road conditions. The skip week for stocking will be April 15th to April 19th. For further information on the 16th Annual Kiwanis derby, fishing regulations, rules and stocking schedule, call the Dixon Lake Ranger Station at 760-839-4680

Park hours: 6:00 AM – 7:30 PM (Daily)

Dock closes: 6:30 PM (Boats are called in @ 6:15 PM)

Last Plant: April 12th (1500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout)

Next Plant: April 24th (3000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout) Last stock of the season

Water Temperature: 62-64 degrees

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 2013 calendar year. All anglers 8 yrs. and older will still need a daily fishing lake permit. 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.

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Dixon Lake

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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