Dixon Lake Fishing Report

Dixon Lake - Escondido, CA (San Diego County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dixon Lake

by Dixon Lake Staff
(760) 839-4680

Trout: Although we are getting closer to the end of trout season, there are still a fair amount of trout being caught in the lake. We are still seeing multiple people catching their limits. The trout are primarily going to be in deeper waters as we get closer to summer. In the early morning hours, you can round up a few trout in the shallow waters of Trout Cove and Boat Dock Cove. Anglers seeking trout have been having the most luck when fishing near the buoy line from a boat. Night crawlers have proven to be the bait of choice in the afternoon hours throughout this past week. 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. Power bait has been the go-to bait when it slows down. If you are using our rental boats for fishing, 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 mentioned above. The Trout catching limit is 5! "No Catch & Release of Trout."

Bass: The aquatic weeds have been growing rapidly and are producing new habitats for the bass to reside in. Largemouth bass can typically be found in shallow water and are likely to be swimming under something that provides shade such as vegetation. In water bodies that contain aquatic vegetation, you may find it advantageous to use slightly heavier line. Top water lures, such as Frogs, tend to be successful as the weeds continue to grow. This time of year you will find more success using swimbaits and other “action” style baits. The fish tend to become more aggressive while defending their bass fry and will bite at almost anything moving. There have been reports of several double digit fish being caught near Boat Dock Cove. Just a reminder, bass must be at least 12 inches to keep with a limit of 2 at this time.

Catfish: The catfish bite has been improving as water temperatures continue to rise. The productive areas have been Jack Creek Cove and the Buoy line in the early morning as well as the late afternoon hours before closing. Catfish typically prefer bait with the strongest scent. Cut up mackerel is always a good choice when fishing for Cats. Catfish have a limit of 5 at this time.

Bluegill: The bite is beginning to pick up as a result of the increase in aquatic vegetation. Mealworms and cut up night crawlers have been good choices for catching bluegill in the past several weeks. The piers will become promising locations for bluegill in the late afternoon hours as the vegetation in the water continues to develop. Bluegill are limited to 25 of any size at this time.

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