Trout plants continue routinely at Santee Lakes


10,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout have been stocked so far this season. Lakes 2, 3 and 4 are the Trout lakes in the day use area and lakes 6 and 7 have been stocked with Trout for the campers.

This past Friday lakes 3 and 4 split 1,000 lbs. of Jess Ranch Rainbow Trout. Tagged Trout are still swimming in lakes 2, 3 and 4 including one tag for a Free annual fishing pass!

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  • Brian Johnson from La Mesa caught a tagged Trout out of lake 3 on a nightcrawler. Brian’s tag was worth $25. Zachary Parks reeled in a 6 lb. 12 oz. Trout from lake 3 using powerbait. This fish qualifies Zachary for the April 1st TV drawing.

    Recipe of the Week:

    Rainbow Trout with Lemon, Capers, and Brown Butter


    2 tablespoons olive oil2 (12-ounce) rainbow trout, gutted, head on, pin bones removedFlour, for dredging3 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes2 lemons, 1 split and 1 supremed (segments cut free of skin and pith)1 teaspoon capers, rinsed1 teaspoon chopped parsley20 (1/2-inch) cubes toasted white breadSalt and pepper


    Heat oil in a large skillet. Season and dredge the trout in the flour, shaking off the excess. Place the trout, flesh side down in the pan, cook for 2 minutes, flip, and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove and place on a plate and keep warm. To the same skillet, add the butter. It will begin to brown and foam. Squeeze in the juice from the split lemon, gently shake the pan to incorporate the juices. Remove from the heat, add capers, parsley, and bread cubes. Season with salt and pepper, and pour atop the trout and serve.

    Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

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

    ** No California State Fishing License required to fish at Padre Dam’s 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

    NEXT STOCK (stock will arrive on or before date below)

    February 14, 2014 – 1,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout


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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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