The California Department of Fish and Wildlife completed their scheduled trout plants at Miramar and Murray this week, confirmed to have taken place on Wednesday, February 25th. Urban fisheries Chollas — open to anglers 15 and under only — and Lindo were also scheduled to receive trout this week, but have not been confirmed.
The size of the stock was not made available, but it was thought to have been slightly less than the 700 pounds per lake that has been stocked this season. Trout plants are also coming less frequently this year, but still should provide a boost for trophy bass fishermen and trout anglers alike.
Bass are starting to spawn at both lakes, with beds already present. This is the best time of the year to catch a trophy sized bass at both of these reservoirs as the winter trout plants overlap with the bass spawn.
Murray and Miramar are both open 7 days per week. Rental boats are available at Murray Wednesday through Sunday this time of year, but please call the concessionaire at 619-466-4847 to confirm. Miramar is also renting boats on the same days, and can be reached at 858-527-1722 to confirm.
The launch ramps at both lakes are currently operating at a good level, but with the San Diego County Water Authority conducting planned repairs on the county’s water pipelines, both lakes are anticipating low water levels in the next month. So check ahead if you’re planning to launch, the ramps can close with little to no notice.