Trout fishing at Dixon Lake has been exceptional, but the real surprise was a 24 lb. Striper

Dixon Lake - Escondido, CA (San Diego County)

by Dixon Lake Staff
(760) 839-4680

Park Hours: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Daily)
Dock Closes: 4:00 PM (Boats are called in @ 3:45 PM)
Last Plant: Dec 27th (1500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout)
Next Plant: Jan 9th (1500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout)
Water Temperature: 52-54 degrees

Dixon Lake Trout season so far has been excellent with conditions improving each week after a stock. The month of December was a one to remember with all 8-10 pounders on the creel sheet. Some bigger trout must been hold-overs form the trout derby in November with a few fish in the 10-12 pound from the past couple of weeks. Near limit style fishing was the norm inside the cove area especially Trout Cove and Whisker Bay areas. Here is the Dixon's line up... Jed Dickerson Jr.,pictured above of Carlsbad landed a very nice 9 lb. 8 oz. rainbow on power bait near the Buoy line. This is his personal best of his young fishing career so far. Sione Kulihaapai of Vista pulled in a nice 8 lb. 9 0z. Fishing on the new pier at boat dock cove, Tonantzin Hogan of Chula Vista weighed in a 5.5 pound trout on garlic rainbow power bait.

On a more bizarre catch of the season, legendary Mac Weakley, Photo #1 while trout fishing with his buddy Jed, saw something huge turn over in the weeds near Trout cove and plunked a jig near it...turned out to be a whopping 24 pound striper. The guys commented they have seen 3 or 4 bigger ones than this lunker. Dixon Lake has a small population of stripers, but nothing to sustain a larger population than just a handful.

For best result for fishing for the elusive trout, try using the lightest line possible in the 2-4 lb. test line with a long leader and a small light weight...this set up seems to works best for these picky fish. Best baits for trout have been Power bait in rainbow, green and orange does very well. Green, red and orange color Power worms have been the lucky colors for big trout. The top lures are Kastmasters, Thomas Buoyant, and Rooster tail lures. Night crawlers are the trout's best friend and are good go-to bait when the bite slows down.

The next stock will be planted with 1500 lbs. of Nebraska "Tail Walkers" trout on Jan 9th and another plant of 1500 lbs. on 01/16/13 all pending weather and road conditions. For further information on the fishing regulations, rules and stocking schedule, call the Dixon Lake Ranger Station at 760-839-4680.

At the present time, Dixon Lake no longer requires a California fishing license from the Dept. of Fish & Game. Dixon Lake received and was granted an Aquaculture Permit. This permit is valid again for the 2013 calendar year. All anglers 8 yrs. and older will still need a daily fishing lake permit. All other park rules, fishing regulations and City of Escondido municipal codes will remain in effect until further notice other than no fishing license required.

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