Swimbaits still producing big bass at Morena as trout plants continue

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Lake Conditions- Surface temperature is 52.6 Fahrenheit. The water visibility is about 2 to 4 ft. Currently we are drafting 20 million gallons a day.
** IMPORTANT NOTE** There are currently no state fishing licenses available in the Lake Morena area so be sure you acquire one before you arrive. The State Licenses is required.

Trout – On Wednesday C.D.F.W. brought us another load of Rainbows. This week has been on the quieter side for Trout, but with weather like this it’s a good day to fish! Gordon Stanly of El Cajon had a 6.12 Trout on a gold kastmaster in the dam area.

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  • Bass – The Bass have still been showing up in the 5lb and up class and with the Trout plant the chance to land a big one should be good. Nobody in the creel for bass this week, but still getting reports from anglers that the bigger bass are still active and eating swim baits.

    Catfish – The Catfish have started to bite again! Mostly people fishing for Trout have been picking them up but it is good to see them active. They have not been too large but they are there.

    Bluegill – The Gills have not been around.

    Crappie – Crappie are not showing either.

    CarpCarp are still schooling all around the lake so if they are the ones you want it should be no problem.

    Boat Launch conditions: Please call for private boat launch conditions.
    The speed limit on land and water is 10mph. Before launch all boats will be inspected for quagga. Boats must be CLEAN and DRY. If you do not pass inspection you will not be able to launch for that day. The launch fees are $8.00 per day. Motorboats, kayaks, canoes, float tubes and sailboards must pay fee.

    The lake is open daily for fishing and boating. Park hours for fishing and day use are roughly from sunrise to sunset. No swimming at Lake Morena Park. Motorboats and rowboats are available for rent 7 days a week. Motorboats rent for $30 M-F and $50 S-S. No reservations taken on boats. Fishing permits M-F for Adults $5.00, Youth age 10 to15 $2.00, Seniors 62+ $3.00. Weekends and Holidays for Adults $7.00, Youth $3.00, Seniors $5.00.

    For daily fishing updates, call Lake Morena’s recorded fishing line at (619) 478-5473.
    Reservations for camping may be made @ 858-565-3600

    South Shore Campground: Reservations are recommended for camping at the main campground on the South Shore. This campground offers partial hookup sites (water and electric), as well as several developed sites. The main restroom offers hot showers and flush toilets, and is handicapped accessible. Lake Morena dump station is currently-OPEN.

    North Shore Primitive Campground: This campground is closed until further notice.

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    Lake Morena

    Lake Morena is located about 1 hour east of downtown San Diego in Campo, CA. It is open for fishing 7 days per week and features a popular campground on the lake's shoreline.

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