Monstrous 17 pound record trout caught

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  • In the nearly 52 years that Lake Jennings has been open, no one has caught a bigger rainbow trout there than the one hauled in on Saturday by David Corrales.

    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.

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  • Lake Jennings Lake Records

    Blue Catfish71.32014Bob Bowden
    Largemouth Bass16.581986Jim Baker 
    Rainbow Trout172016David Corrales
    Wiper (hybrid)8.1252016Robert Daoud

    San Diego County Trout Lake Records

    Cuyamaca17.52015Lukasz Szczedanek
    Diamond Valley15.452009Andrew Aralos
    Dixon16.822017Don Stephenson
    Jennings172016David Corrales
    Morena14.752011Brad Voigt
    Morena14.75 Charlie Bievins
    San Vicente15.351999
    Santee Lakes16.5625 
    Skinner10.21987Dan Newman
    Wohlford16.251999Alan Vietor

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