Record setting largemouth bass limit caught at El Capitan

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Bass fishing continues to be good at El Capitan, arguably Southern California’s premier bass fishery right now. Just last week we published an article about Jon and Wade Strelic’s 37.31 pound limit in an American Bass Association Tournament at El Capitan on April 5th. That limit was the second largest in San Diego tournament history, and the largest ever from El Capitan. On Saturday, April 19th they raised the bar with a 39.26 pound limit, the largest ever weighed in San Diego County. Their limit included a 12.35 pound monster!

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  • That bass was the largest of the week at El Capitan, headling the count of 258 bass caught among 68 anglers checked. 9 crappie, 1 trout, and 7 channel catfish were also reported caught. 

    Those bass numbers continue to be the highest ratio of bass per rod of any of the city lakes. Bass are eating a variety of baits, including jigs, plastics, and crankbaits. Rainbow trout were again stocked by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Wednesday, April 23rd.

    The launching conditions are good with the water level sitting 62.44 feet below spill. The water temperature at the surface is reported at around 67 degrees.

    El Capitan is open on its winter schedule; Sunday is open to fishing, boating and water contact activities. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday is open to fishing and general boating, no water contact. The lake is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The concession is closed, so no rental boats available.

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