Santee Lakes Fish Report – 11/3/14 (trout season opener)


This past weekend’s Trout Opener was well attended with 739 anglers in attendance over the 2 day event. The 2,500 lb. stock of Rainbows provided for some excellent fishing. If you missed the opener don’t worry Santee Lakes is open 7 days a week for your fishing needs.

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  • Top 5 largest Trout Contest results:

    1st place Joey Baldacchino 10 lb. Trout out of lake 4. Won Free fishing for a year!

    2nd place Johnny Bonsynat 8 lb. 2 oz. Trout lake 2 on a mini jig. Johnny wins a 2 night cabin stay.

    3rd place Jonah Bluehawk 7 lb. 13 oz. out of lake 2 on a white trout trap and 2 lb. line. Jonah wins a fishing pole, tackle bag and a $25 visa card.

    4th place Thai May was the second angler to catch a 7 lb. 13 oz. Trout out of lake 2. Thai will be awarded the same prize as 3rd place.

    5th place Christopher Diaz 7 lbs. 10 oz. out of lake 4 on a mini jig. Mr. Diaz wins a $25 Visa card and 1 day free fishing.

    Other notables:
    Weight Lake Bait

    • Jeremy Wilcox 7 lbs. 8 oz. lake 4 mini jig
    • Nick Bliss 7 lbs. 8 oz. lake 3 nightcrawler.
    • John Lee 6 lbs. 5 oz. lake 4 mini jig
    • Chad Gierlich 2 lbs. 4 oz. lake 3 B line jig (caught limit)
    • Pete Valdivia caught a 5 lb. 8 oz. Trout out of lake 2 on a mini jig and qualifies for the TV drawing.
    • David Boyd caught Trout and Catfish out of lake 3 on a mini jig and green powerbait.
    • The Rodriguez Family caught 17 fish on Saturday. A mixed stringer with Catfish and Trout. Largest Trout was just over 5 lbs. All were taken from lake 2 on powerbait.
    • Raymond Paul caught the first tagged Trout on Saturday and won a rod and reel combo. Caught out of lake 2 on rainbow powerbait.
    • Brandon Avalos caught a tagged Trout out of lake 3 on powerbait. Won a fishing pole.
    • Chris Mays won 2 nights camping with his tagged trout from lake 4 on a crappie jig.
    • Drayden Trizarry age 13 from Escondido caught a tagged Trout out of lake 2 on powerbait and won a sportsman’s backpack cooler.
    • Emma Copeland caught a tagged Trout out of lake 3 and won a $25 Visa card.
    • Eddie Hernandez caught his limit out of lake 2 including 2 tagged Trout and won $25 Visa card and a skateboard.
    • Michael Crawford caught a tagged Trout out of lake 2 on a spinner and won a Flambeau tackle box.
    • Mario Garcia Jr. caught a tagged Trout out of lake 3 on powerbait and walked away with a new fishing pole.
    • Dee Van brought his tagged Trout to the Park Office and won Free Fishing for a Year!
    • James Khatthamane caught a tagged Trout out of lake 4 on a trout magnet and won an Igloo sportsman cooler.
    • Jed Scott was fishing for Trout with rainbow glitter powerbait and reeled in 2 Catfish from lake 2 each weighing around 3 ½lbs.

    Recipe of the Week:

    Fisherman’s Grilled Trout

    • 6 trout fillets
    • 1 medium white or yellow onion
    • Large lemon
    • 6 to 8 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1/3 stick butter
    • Salt and ground black pepper
    • 6 aluminum sheets, approximately 12 by 12 inches
    Heat grill to medium-high heat.
    Rinse fillets and pat dry. Slice onion into 1/8-inch rings, and set aside. Slice lemon into 1/8-inch rings, remove seeds and set aside.
    Rub 1 clove of crushed garlic over the fillet. Place fillet in the center of the aluminum foil. Top with 1 pat of butter, 2 to 3 onion rings, then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cover fish with 1 or 2 lemon rings. Fold aluminum foil around fish to create a sealed package. Repeat for each fillet.
    Place packets on hot grill for 5 minutes or until cooked through, careful not to overcook the fillets. Remove fish from foil, plate and serve immediately.
    Recipe courtesy of Dave McCoy

    Night Fishing (registered campers only, lakes 6&7)

    ** No California State Fishing License required to fish at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve.

    Fishing Permit Fees

    • Adult (ages 16 and over) $9.00 per day
    • Junior (ages 7 to 15) $6.00 per day
    • Second fishing pole stamp $4.00
    • *One child under 7 may fish for free with a paid adult

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    Santee Lakes

    Santee Lakes is a small set of 7 man-made reservoirs in Santee, CA about 17 miles northeast of downtown San Diego. Rainbow trout are stocked heavily in the winter months, and channel catfish are stocked equally heavily the rest of the year.

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