On the more bizarre catches here at Dixon Lake – a 9 lb. 12 oz. carp/Kio fish was caught off Pier #1 by Abisai Gordillo on bread and peanut butter combo. Best baits in the past for cats have been cut mackerel, sardines, chicken livers and shrimp. Use 8-10 lb. test line and a sliding sinker for best results.
Catfish stocked are in the 2-3 pound range with the bigger hold-over cats from past years.
Night fishing nights will be Thursday and Friday nights only. Boat rentals start at 5PM and must return to 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.
Bass activity has slowed down quite a bit after the spawn. Still may have a chance at a decent sized bass hanging around the shallows. Bluegill action is up with good fishing 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)
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 need a daily fishing lake permit. All other park rules, fishing regulations and City of Escondido municipal codes will remain in effect.