Dixon Lake Fish Report



Night fishing nights will be Thursday and Friday nights only starting July 11th. Boat rental start at 5PM and must return to the dock by 10:45PM. Boats are called in at 10:30. Boat rentals are $30 for a motorboat and $14 for a rowboat. Shoreline fishing is available on a limited area of shoreline near the boat dock areas until 11:45 PM. Minors must be with a parent or guardian over the age of 18 for night fishing. No alcohol or smoking is permitted at any time anywhere at the lake. No day use of picnic areas or BBQ’s are allowed. No gas or propane lanterns are allowed in boats. Battery operated lights or flashlights ARE allowed in the boats as we supply a safety orange running light for boats that must be on at all times. Permit prices are the same for night fishing. All anglers are allowed only one fishing pole per permit.

Next stocks for catfish will be back-to-back stocks on July 18th and July 25th with 1000 pounds each.

Bass activity has slowed down some after the spawn. Still may have a chance at a decent sized bass hanging around the shallows. Bluegill action is warming up with some up to 1 pound off the piers near the weedy, covered areas of the lake. Try using Red worms or meal worm for the gills. Small crappie jigs usually fool the bigger bluegills.

Park hours: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Daily)
Night Fishing Hours: Park closes @11:45 PM (Thursday &Friday Nights Only)

Dock closes: 7:00 PM (Boats called in @ 6:45 PM) (Saturday to Wednesday)
Night Fishing Hours: 5:00 PM -10:45 PM (Thurs & Friday Nights Only)

Last Plant: April 24th (3000 lbs. of Rainbow trout)
Next Plant: July 11th (1000 lbs. of Channel Catfish)
Water Temperature: 72-74 degrees Water Level: slowly rising

For further night fishing regulations, park rules and stocking schedules 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 still need a daily fishing lake permit. All other park rules, fishing regulations and City of Escondido municipal codes will remain in effect.

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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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