Lake Jennings

Lake Jennings is an 85 acre lake in Lakeside, 26 miles east of downtown San Diego. This deep clearwater reservoir is known for producing big largemouth bass and blue catfish.

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  • Jennings also stocks rainbow trout frequently in the winter months, with fresh fish being stocked about every 2 weeks. Channel catfish are stocked in the summer months, and just a couple years ago Lake Jennings stocked wipers, or hybrid striped bass in the lake to create another unique fish for anglers of San Diego to chase. See our fish stocking page for information on scheduled fish plants.

    The lake staff at Lake Jennings arguably do more for their fishery than any other lake staff in the county. They’re constantly looking for ways to improve the fishing at the lake, something that is rare in this area.

    For information on current fishing conditions, check out our recent SDFish Report.


    Lake Jennings was created with the completion of the dam in 1964 to provide water for the local residents of Lakeside. The lake is owned and operated by the Helix Water District, who also have an onsite water treatment facility at the lake.


    Lake Jennings has one of the most complete and well stocked bait and tackle stores in the county. In addition to bait and tackle, the concession sells food and snacks for the fishermen and campers.

    Jennings has a well kept boat ramp for private boaters and one of the county’s best rental boat fleets. Float tubes are not permitted.

    Jennings has an incredible lakeside campground that sits above the lake’s western shoreline, offering select campsites a beautiful view of the picturesque reservoir. The campground accommodates trailers up to 35 feet in 28 full hookup sites, and 35 partial hookup sites for trailers up to 25 feet in length. There are 6 secluded tent sites, and an additional 20 tent or small camper sites.

    The campground features restrooms, hot showers, laundry tubs, a playground, fish-cleaning station, and a pump station nearby.


    Lake Jennings is located at 9535 Harritt Road in Lakeside, CA.

    Operating Schedule

    Lake Jennings is open for fishing and boating Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. Camping is available daily, and shore fishing is permitted along the campground shoreline daily, even if you’re not camping.

    Lake Jennings Fishing Records

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

    Recent and Future Fish Plants

    DateSpeciesSourceWeight (lbs)Notes
    11/12/2018Rainbow TroutWrights Rainbows2,500Trout Opener
    11/26/2018Rainbow TroutWrights Rainbows1,500
    12/10/2018Rainbow TroutWrights Rainbows1,500
    12/24/2018Rainbow TroutWrights Rainbows1,500
    12/31/2018Rainbow TroutWrights Rainbows1,500
    01/14/2019Rainbow TroutWrights Rainbows2,000
    01/28/2019Rainbow TroutWrights Rainbows1,500
    02/11/2019Rainbow TroutWrights Rainbows1,500
    02/25/2019Rainbow TroutWrights Rainbows1,500
    03/11/2019Rainbow TroutWrights Rainbows1,500
    03/25/2019Rainbow TroutWrights Rainbows1,500
    04/08/2019Rainbow TroutWrights Rainbows2,000

    Lake Jennings News

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