Dixon Lake Fish Report – 12/5/17

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  • Our official opening weekend saw record number anglers hitting the mother load with kids showing some first time fishing luck.  The opening weekend sold over 750 fishing permits and all fishing boats sold out within the first 30 minutes.  Expect large crowds after our stocks. 3 to 4 pounders mixed in with pan size trout and the biggest trout so far has been a 7lb. 12 oz. caught by Brian Cockran on a green power from Whisker Bay near the buoy line. Also, Joe Vandersmitte of Escondido pulled in a 5.25 lb. trout near the buoy line on a mini jig.

    Please have patience as this hatchery to all new to us here at the lake too.  New fish….not Tailwalkers from Nebraska so expect to have to the tackle box loaded to throw at these trout from the Merced River area. According to the owners….try a small chunk of night crawlers and a small split shot with a long leader to about 30 inches or so. Pier #1 and that shoreline has been very productive with Whisker Bay and Trout Cove popular for the boats.  Best producing baits have been  mini jigs, rooster tails. Kastmasters, Thomas buoyants, mice tails and power worms with garlic flavored power baits.  The stocks have all been after 12pm…..unlike the two day drive from Nebraska, it only takes them 7 hours from the Merced area.

    The 39th Annual Dixon Lake derby was an exciting one till the end of the last day and even changed the last 5 minutes before the weigh station closed. We are finalizing the results, but it looks like Tanner Holt weighed in the crushing blow just 5 minutes prior to the end of day 3 on Sunday. His trout outweighed his girlfriend’s trout by just .02 ounces at 7.68 lbs.  Katelyn Woods had the leader spot most of Sunday with a beautiful 7.66 lbs. (pictured) which she took the wind out of everyone’s sail with her lady luck….way to go.  She placed in the adult grand prize and not the overall winner. Close….so close Katelyn. There is always next year.

    Date: December 05, 2017
    Park hours: 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Dock closes:  4:00PM (Boats called in @ 3:45 PM)
    Last Plant: Nov. 29nd 4000 lbs. and Dec 1st 2000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout
    Next Plant: December 13th with 1500 lbs. of California Rainbow Trout
    Water Temperature: 64.4 degrees      Water Level: steady  to higher levels

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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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