Corrales, known as DCFISH on our message board, reported the catch on the forums Saturday night, showing it off as part of his 2-trout day that also yielded another double-digit fish – a 10.5 pounder. That’s two trout for 27.5 pounds!
Corrales caught both of the fish on mini jigs, and said that he had caught the 10.5 pounder shortly after weighing in the 17 pounder on the lake’s scale. He caught both of these fish in the Siesta Cove area of the lake.
The previous lake record for rainbow trout at Jennings was not known. Lake Jennings had not kept records of fish catches previously, but it’s safe to say that this 17 pounder is easily the largest ever caught there. SDFish had begun tracking lake records at Jennings about a decade ago, while Hugh Marx was running the lake, but at that time they only had records of a catfish and bass record.
The lake has just begun to stock the larger trout in recent years, Marx believed in stocking the lake with as many smaller, but still catchable trout as possible in order to get as many kids hooked up on fish as they could. And previous to Marx, the lake was stocked mostly by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who also go by the same policy of smaller, but more fish.
Jennings was most recently stocked the week of April 4th, and that stock likely included both of these giant trout.
Solomon Sorn also caught a big trout on Saturday, from Siesta Point, fishing with a brown mini jig. His fish went 12 pounds.
Lake Jennings is open for fishing and boating every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 am to 5 pm. Shore fishing is available daily from the campground side of the lake from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Lake Jennings Lake Records
|Blue Catfish||71.3||2014||Bob Bowden|
|Largemouth Bass||16.58||1986||Jim Baker|
|Rainbow Trout||17||2016||David Corrales|
|Wiper (hybrid)||8.125||2016||Robert Daoud|
San Diego County Trout Lake Records
|Diamond Valley||15.45||2009||Andrew Aralos|