One of the year’s biggest bass landed at Wohlford

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  • Brandon Schurman of San Clemente caught one of the biggest bass in San Diego County for 2017 on Friday.

    Schurman was drop shotting a plastic worm at Lake Wohlford in Escondido on the spot known as the “South Shore Rock Pile” when he hooked into giant summertime bass that would weigh 13.4 pounds on the dock’s scale.

    Schurman reported on Instagram that he caught the fish on a drop shot rig, fished deep in the tules – geared up with braided line and a 12 lb fluorocarbon leader.

    After weighing and photographing the fish, Schurman released it alive and well.

    Lake Wohlford is known for big bass, historically kicking out fish over 10 pounds year after year including a 16.3 pound bass in February of 2016, the largest caught in San Diego County last year. The largest bass ever caught at Wohlford is a 19.19 pound giant caught by Steve Beasley in 1986.

    Wohlford’s popularity as a trophy bass destination has waned in the last decade because of a decision by the City of Escondido, which operates Lake Wohlford, to ban private watercraft due to the threat of them introducing Quagga Mussels, an invasive species, approximately 10 years ago. While many lakes have implemented boat wash stations and checkpoints to allow boating and fishing programs to continue at their reservoirs – Escondido’s stance with Wohlford was harshest.

    Once one of the most popular trophy bass destinations in the county – Wohlford was featured prominently in “Lunker” Bill Murphy’s bible on big bass fishing; “In Pursuit of Giant Bass.”

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    Wohlford is currently open daily from 6 AM to 7:30 PM (dock closes at 7) for shore fishing, and does offer rental boats. However, on September 5th, Wohlford will only be open on weekends until their trout season kicks off sometime in December.

    Fishing permits and rental boats are sold through an automated machine at the Ranger Station.

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    Brandon Schurman of San Clemente with a 13.4 pound bass caught at Lake Wohlford on August 25th, 2017

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