Dixon Lake Fishing Report

Dixon Lake - Escondido, CA (San Diego County)

by Dixon Lake Staff
(760) 839-4680

Last Plant: 1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Tuesday January 22nd.
Next Plant: 1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday February 13th/February19th.
Water temperature: At surface 57.02 f., 8.01 D.O. @ 10’ 55.94 f., 8.12 D.O.
Water level: High level, private water craft/fish finders are currently banned.

Fishing permits, boat rentals, bait, and tackle are all sold at the Concessions Stand right next to the Ranger Station in the Lakeshore Area. Anglers “Must!” purchase a fishing permit before casting out to catch the big one. If you desire to fish with a second pole, make sure to pick up a second rod permit for an additional $2. We do not require a state fishing license but do strictly enforce the required permits and fresh water regulations.
Trout: In the early morning hours, you can round up a few trout in the shallow waters of Trout Cove and Boat Dock Cove. Although, it is the Buoy Line that you want to put your fishing emphasis on. With two stocks in two weeks, the fishing has been great! A two-pound test set up with a 12 to 18inch leader is recommended. Mini Jigs and Power Worms are being used for the aggressive morning bite while Garlic/Rainbow Power bait and Night Crawlers are the go-to bait when it slows down. Those on boats make sure to check out the Buoy Line if you find that the other areas are not producing well. We do suggest to start your shoreline fishing early as access to deeper water from the shoreline is limited. While fishing from the shoreline, it is recommended to go with the set up listed above. Our next pair of stocks are coming in February 13th and February 19th with a total of 3,000lbs. The Trout catching limit is 5! “No Catch & Release of Trout.”
Bass Spawning Season is almost here!! The Bass population has moved in to the shallower waters and has proven to be productive. Sight fishing becomes popular during this fishing season and renders great results. The fish tend to become more aggressive while defending their beds and will bite at almost anything. Multiple fisherman in the last week have reported that the bite has intensified and that the fish are preparing their beds. Just a reminder, Bass must be at least 12 inches to keep with a limit of 2 at this time.
The Catfish bite has picked back up due to the rain and recent trout stocks. The productive areas have been Jack Creek Cove and the Buoy Line in the early morning and late afternoon before closing. Jason Pizzarusso broke our catfish record with an amazing 29lb 2oz monster just a few weeks ago. We have seen a healthy ratio of large catfish being brought in each week. Catfish have a limit of 5 at this time.
Bluegill have slowed down and pushed into deeper waters. Mealworms, and cut up night crawlers have been good choices for catching Bluegill in the past few weeks with the majority of them being caught in the early morning and afternoon hours. The Buoy Line is producing large size fish at this time. Bluegill are limited to 25 of any size at this time.
There is a ban on private water craft and equipment at this time. Restricted equipment includes; private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors, and other equipment that contacts the water.
Notable Catches for January: Trout: Matt McDevitt 7.1lb Raul Pizarro 2.7lb/1.675lb
Catfish: Jason Pizzarusso 29.2lb Nate Barlows 15.82lb

Gregory Gould
Park Ranger 1
City of Escondido 760-839-4345 ggould@escondido.org
Lakes Department
201 N. Broadway Escondido, CA 92025 www.escondido.org

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