Trout plants provide good trout fishing, and a good swimbait bite for big bass at Morena


Another CDFW stock on 12/18 with 400 lbs of rainbow trout let loose on the lake. Other than that the week has been good with Jacob Barclay landing one 5lb 11oz and one 6lb 8oz with two more in the 2 or 3lb range to round out his stringer. All the trout he caught were on kastmasters in Geezer’s Cove and by Paradise. Night crawlers have also been a very good bait reported by the anglers on the shore.

With the trout stock the bass bite should turn on again, but for a lot of anglers it never turned off, just slowed. At any rate anglers who are still throwing swim bait are having the best luck, and not just luck, they are landing big fish. Come give it a shot! It’s the time of year when persistence pays off.

The catfish have gone silent. Or it may be the fact that we have not had anyone fishing for them this week.

Bluegill have not been around. Crappie are not showing either.

Carp are still schooling around the boat dock and throughout the lake. Nobody has reported catching any but they are around if that is your target.

Lake Conditions- Surface temperature is 54.6 Fahrenheit. The water visibility is clearing to about 2 to 4 ft. Currently we are drafting 20 million gallons a day.

Boat Launch conditions: Boat launching is open for private boats.

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 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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