Lake record catfish opens season at Jennings


On Sunday, June 1st Bob hooked up to a very large Blue Catfish and little did he know he was bringing in the NEW LAKE JENNINGS RECORD for a Blue Catfish. Bobs catch weighed in at 71.3 pounds just outdoing the previous record of 68 pounds held by Rick Guseman for almost the last 10 years. Lucky? I think not, Bob was geared up with his own style of rigging a White Lure tied onto 50 pound braided line and a heavy stick. Bob was joined by his family including two grandkids who were all very excited to be part of history being made right here at Lake Jennings. Congratulations Bob Bowden for the catch of a lifetime.

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  • Bass and Panfish were caught but no limits and we are still seeing trout turn up. Don’t forget about our new hours of operation and to learn more about what’s coming check out Facebook or sign up for our weekly report.

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    Best Trout Spots: Deeper waters and Trolling
    Best Trout Lures/Bait: PowerBait, PowerWorms and Nightcrawlers

    Best Bass Spots: All along the banks
    Best Bass Lures/Bait: Crawdads and Kreature Baits

    Best Panfish Spots: Coves
    Best Panfish Lures/Bait: Mealworms and Wax Worms

    Best Catfish Spots: Bird Trees and any of the Coves
    Best Catfish Bait: Mackerel, Chicken Liver, or Dough Bait


    • Sentry Cove: Bob Bowden of El Cajon, New Record Holder with a 71.3 pound Blue Catfish using a White Lure.
    • Sentry Point: Martin Fredrickson caught 3 nice Channel Catfish with the largest at 10 pounds and the other two at 5 and 3 pounds.
    • Caught by Boat: Richard caught a 6 pound 3 ounce Sierra Bow Trout.

    Prognosis: The Catfish season is off to a great start and is expected to only get better. Bass and Panfish fishing will continue to improve as we move into the summer. Next Channel Catfish stocking will be the week of June 9th.

    What’s New:
    New Blue Catfish record: 71.3 pounds, caught by Bob Bowden on Sunday, June 1st, 2014.

    Lake Hours of Operation: The hours have changed, see below for details.

    Campground Hours of Operation: The gate entrance hours have changed and will now open year round at 7:30 am and close at 5:30 pm. For all those who enjoy walking, jogging and riding along Bass Road during the week, we have put in a new gate access for your convenience and all we ask is that you close the gate behind you. For any questions about the hours please call 619.390.1623.

    Water Temperature: 72 degrees at 10′.

    Note New Lake Hours:

      • OPEN AT 5:30 AM
      • CLOSE AT 12:00 AM (Midnight)
    • SUNDAY
      • OPEN AT 5:30 AM
      • CLOSE AT 8:30 PM

    Fishing University at Bait & Tackle Shop every Saturday at 10:00 AM. For more info: Ranger Dave Acevedo 619.962.8394

    Shore fishing below campground is available by purchasing permits at the campground Monday thru Thursday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Registered campers may purchase their permits the day before and start just before sunrise until just after sunset.
    Lake Jennings Campground has WiFi.
    Lake Jennings now offers a Weekly Rate for Camping.
    Lake Jennings Campground is open year round. Make your reservation.

    Catfish Stocking Schedule

    Delivery Week of # of Pounds

    • May 19 (Start of the season) 3,000
    • June 9 1,000
    • June 30 1,000
    • July 21 1,000
    • August 11 1,000
    • August 25 (3-Day Weekend – Labor Day 2,000
    • September 22 (Last stocking for the season) 1,000

    Total 10,000 lbs

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    Lake Jennings

    Lake Jennings is an 85 acre lake in Lakeside, 26 miles east of downtown San Diego. This deep clearwater reservoir is known for producing big largemouth bass and blue catfish. Jennings also stocks rainbow trout frequently in the winter months, with fresh fish being stocked about every 2 weeks.


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