Dixon Lake Fish Report



Dixon Lake’s summer season is almost over. Warm days and cool evening hours are the perfect time to a soak a line for the whisker fish. The end of summer swing is on for the catfish. The lake has been stocked with 1000 pounds of catfish each week.

Night fishing season has been in full swing since July 11th and will end August 30th. Over 6000 pounds of channel cats have gone into the lake so far. Some decent catches this week with 5 lb. 12 oz. catfish caught by Juan Mendez of Escondido on a night crawler off of Pier #2. Simon Martinez of San Diego landed a 3.35 lb. cat on a baited lure inside of Catfish Cove. Best baits right now 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 2-4 pound range with the bigger hold-over cats from past years.

Bass fishing improved this week. Local angler Ron Blunt (pictured) of Valley Center scored a 12 lb. 2 oz. bass hitting a plastic bait lure fishing outside of the Boat Dock cove area. Double digit Dixon still lives on to prove its name for another possible world record and the motto remains alive for another day that catch and release holds true in this angler mind. Still may have a chance at another decent sized bass hanging around the deeper holes near the structured areas of the lake. 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.

Night fishing nights will be Thursday and Friday nights only. August 30th will be the last night of the season.

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.

Date: 08/24/13
Park hours: 6:00 AM – 7:30 PM (Daily)
Night Fishing Hours: Park closes @11:45 PM (Thursday &Friday Nights Only)

Dock closes: 6:30 PM (Boats called in @ 6:15 PM) (Saturday to Wednesday)
Night Fishing Hours: 5:00 PM -10:45 PM (Thurs & Friday Nights Only)

Last Plant: August 8th (1000 lbs. of Channel Catfish)
Next Plant: August 15th (1000 lbs. of Channel Catfish) – last plant of the season
Water Temperature: 78-80 degrees Water Level: steady

For 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.

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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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