Trout fishing good at Dixon; Derby results


Dixon Lake trout season un-officially started with a late stock on Wednesday October 30. A 1500 pound plant of Nebraska “tail walkers” was stocked that day….so Halloween day was the official “opening day” that started off slow and picked up throughout the day. The trend of excellent fishing is starting to show with best fishing 3 to 4 days after the stock especially in the cove areas.

The 35th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby took place Nov. 8-11. Lady luck was there during the final hour of derby where she turned the grand prize winning fish. Joann Hoffman of Escondido weighed in 9.32 lb. beauty on a night crawler from the Trout Cove area.

In the adult division Nicholas Gaelejo of Escondido weighed in a 7.61 lb. trout from Whisker Bay on a green power worm that led the derby from day one until the final few hours. Lance Holden of Santee pulled in the senior division with a 2.41 lb. Trout on a Kastmaster lure. In the youth division Dominique Worsley of San Marcos won with a 7.19 lb. trout on a Thomas Buoyant lure from Trout Cove. Smallest trout honors goes to Greg Bailey of Menifee who caught a 0.92 lb. mini- trout on power bait from Boat Dock Cove area.

Additional prizes were awarded for daily largest trout in 1st and 2nd place each day of the derby – all weighed in over 6 pounds. Only 12 out the 15 places for tagged fished were turned for a $25 gift card. Thanks to over 1325 anglers this year for making an enjoyable derby for all with very few problems.

Dixon Lake will be getting the Nebraska Tail Walkers for the 2013/14 trout season. Best baits so far this season has been the power bait, power worms and especially Rooster Tail, Kastmaster and Thomas Buoyant lures that work well right after the stock. The concession will be fully stocked with plenty of those supplies including night crawlers. Trout Cove seems to be the hot ticket fishing area along with Whisker Bay and Pier #1 being a close second.

Park hours: 6:00 AM –5:00 PM (Daily)
Dock closes: 4:00 PM (Boats called in @ 3:45 PM)
Last Plant: Nov 20th 1500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout
Next Plant: Nov 26th 1500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout
Water Temperature: 62-64 degrees Water Level: falling/steady

For park rules, future trout stocking schedule 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. A second rod permit/ticket now can be purchased for a $2.00 fee .All other park rules, fishing regulations and City of Escondido municipal codes will remain in effect.

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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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