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San Diego Fishing Report

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San Diego Fishing Report August 26, 2008

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Chollas: Open daily to youngsters 15 and under. San Diego Fly Fishers sponsors a Lend-A-Rod program on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and it includes free bait and tackle and fishing tips.
Cuyamaca: Lake was stocked with channel catfish last week to sweeten the action here. Crappie hitting, with bass and bullheads also getting into the fray. Lake has a new area for RV groups. Camping area is open to a total of eight rigs, with a minimum rental to four. The rate is $200 a night for all eight sites. Can be rented by single RVs if the sites aren't reserved. Also, there are seven tent sites in the Lone Pine area. Call (877) 581-9904 for information. Private boats now are allowed on the lake, but the boats must be sprayed for quagga mussels by a high-pressure heated wash prior to entering the lake. Cost is $10 for the spraying and it's good for multiple trips to Cuyamaca so long as the boat is not used in another reservoir in between visits. Open daily.

Diamond Valley Lake: Good bass fishing continues for smaller fish, with bigger ones a bit hard to locate right now. Lots of 1-to 2-pound bass in less than 15 feet of water. The bigger bass are lurking in 40 feet of water and hard to find. Topwater action along the dams or in the backs of coves has been explosive in the early morning, with Zara Spooks, Sammys, and varied poppers working well. Plastic worm fishing best the rest of the day. Drop-shotting small protected points with plastic worms in Morning Dawn, Oxblood, or Margarita Mutilator III working best. Surprising trout action for the dog days of summer. Holdovers hitting for those drifting night crawlers on very light line. Trollers using Needlefish, Kastmasters, Rapalas, or night crawlers behind a dodger or flashers also getting some fish. Most of the trout are being caught in between 20-and 50 feet of water. Downrigger, lead core line or diving planes get the lure or bait there. Open daily.

Dixon: Lake will be stocked for the last time this summer with 2,000 pounds of channel catfish Thursday. Night fishing ends Saturday night. Catfish action very good from shoreline, with most of the better fishing from the shoreline along Boat Dock Cove. Mackerel working best there. Trout Cove and the Buoy Line also producing good numbers of catfish, too. Bass fishing slow, with an occasional lunker pulled from the edge of the grassy weed areas. Open daily, plus Friday and Saturday for night fishing.

El Capitan: The 103 anglers checked reported 144 bass released (none kept), 6 channel catfish, 5 crappie, 1 blue catfish, 1 bluegill. Summer schedule with Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays open for fishing, general boating and water contact activities (water-skiing, wakeboarding, Jet Skiing, towing inflatables in the front bay only); Sundays are open for fishing, boating, and water contact activities (in both the front bay and North Arm); Mondays are open for fishing and general boating only. Rental boats are available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. On Sundays they stop renting boats at 10 a.m. All persons entering reservoir property must purchase a day use permit.

Henshaw: Night fishing ends Saturday night. Good catfish action, with night crawlers and shrimp working best, with the best areas being near the dam and in the inlets. Correction from the lake on the spelling of the 5-year-old who caught that 36-2 channel catfish last week. It's Alissandro Tavares of Santa Ana. Gary and Deena Batterman, Ramona, three 5-pound channel catfish. Jeff Hunter, Menifee, limit of five channel catfish, up to 3 pounds, shrimp. William Jefferson, Moreno Valley, limit of channel catfish, shrimp. Edgar Perez and Gerardo Magand, Ramona, five catfish, up to 4 pounds. Igor Bekvukov and Vladimir Homeriko, five channel catfish in the 3-to 4-pound range. Open daily for fishing, plus Friday and Saturday for night fishing.

Hodges: The 75 anglers reported 35 bass released (none kept), 17 bluegill, 12 crappie and 2 channel catfish. Report highlighted by a 9.12 bass caught and released by Charlie Prettyman, Escondido. He used a crankbait in Bernardo Bay. Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Jennings: Lake will be open Labor Day from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Night fishing ends this weekend (Saturday night). Lake returns to its normal schedule after Labor Day, opening a half hour before sunrise and closing a half hour after sunset. Last catfish stock of the season set for Sept. 18. Catfishing best right now, but the key is to go deep for them. Bass are stacking up on points throughout the lake and in 30 to 40 feet of water, mostly. Larry Harmon, Lakeside, 32-3 blue catfish, mackerel, Sentry Point. Dan Heiser, El Cajon, 14-8 blue cat, mackerel, Buoy Line. Supervising ranger Hugh Marx's next free class at Lake Jennings Fishing University is 1 p.m. Sunday. Subject will be catfish. Open Friday 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Check for more information.

Loveland: The 52 anglers reported 4 bass kept (22 bass released), 1 channel catfish. Open daily to hike-in fishing only on a limited area of shoreline. No permits required. Fishing license is required.

Miramar: The 45 anglers checked reported 10 bass (all released), 75 bluegill, 7 channel catfish. Pay fees at iron ranger or electronic pay station near the concession building. Open daily.

Morena: Open daily.

Murray: The 66 anglers checked reported 25 bass (all released), 2 bluegill. Open daily to fishing and boating. On Sept. 27 the San Diego County Wildlife Federation and a host of sponsors will put on a great event to honor National Hunting and Fishing Day. There will be over 25 sporting club and local government displays, game calling for turkey, quail and varmint; shooting simulator, bass fishing and turkey hunting presentations, fly-tying and fly-casting, with hands-on demonstrations. Free Lake Jennings fishing permits to the first 100 youths, with one adult permit thrown in. Three raffles with some great prizes. For information on the grand prize tickets for great prizes, call Don Barthel at (619) 475-8746 or email him at Pay fees at iron rangers near the abandoned concession building or at key access points.

Otay, Lower: The 256 anglers checked reported 11 bass kept (364 bass released), 4 channel catfish and 1 redear sunfish. Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Pay fees at iron rangers near the boat launch and abandoned concession building. Boats now available for rent.

Otay, Upper: The 11 anglers checked reported 28 bass (all released). Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday for fishing, sunrise to sunset. Upper Otay is a catch and release only fishery. Bait is not permitted, only artificial lures with barbless hooks. Boats are not permitted on Upper Otay, only shore fishing, waders and float tubes.

Poway: Last catfish stock of the season is this week. Night fishing ends Sept. 6. Aleksandr Yermakov, San Diego 21.5-pound catfish, largest catfish of the season, mackerel, Log Boom. Mike Rosell, Escondido, 14.5-pound catfish, mackerel, Boulder Bay. Quite a few limits of channel catfish taken, both from the shoreline and from boats. Mackerel working best. Bass bite is spotty, with the bluegill action very good, especially in Hidden Bay. Open Wednesday through Sunday, plus Friday and Saturday for night fishing. In order to prevent the introduction and infestation of quagga mussels, the following items are prohibited at Lake Poway: float tubes, private motors and anchors, live bait containers, fish finders, floating catch baskets, live bait from any source other than the Lake Poway concession, any items the staff considers to be potential contaminants.

Santee Lakes: Jeff Narlock, 8-0 bass, plastic crawdad
, Lake 4. Lakes have received 17,000 pounds of channel catfish since April. Best lakes continue to be 2, 3 and 4. Night fishing permitted at the lakes Thursday night. Good bluegill bite with small bass also hitting meal worms. Best action near the fishing docks. Check Open daily.

San Vicente: The 80 anglers checked reported 3 bass kept (133 bass released), 6 redear sunfish and 2 channel catfish. The lake closes at dusk on Labor Day and will remain closed for six to nine years for construction on the dam. The level of the reservoir will be raised to add more capacity and allow for more emergency water storage. Now on its summer schedule with Thursdays open to fishing and general boating only (no water contact), Fridays open to fishing, boating and water contact activities (waterskiing, wakeboarding, towing inflatables), Saturdays and Sundays open to boating and water contact only (no fishing). Rental boats are available on Thursdays and Fridays only. All persons entering reservoir property must purchase a day use permit. Due to construction, the shoreline from launch ramp to buoy line is closed to all activities. For construction schedules and information on the Emergency Storage Project, please check the San Diego County Water Authority's web site at and click on San Vicente Dam Raise.

Sutherland: Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Sweetwater: The 64 anglers reported 2 bass kept (8 bass released), 2 bluegill, 3 carp, 13 channel catfish. Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday to limited shoreline fishing only.

Wohlford: As of Monday, Sept. 8, the lake will be closed weekdays and only open Saturdays and Sundays until mid-December. Fair action for bass, with swimbaits, plastic worms and live golden shiners working best. Channel catfish also very good, with mackerel, chicken livers, night crawlers, and shrimp working well in the channel at the East end of the lake. Gary and Keith Greetis, Valley Center, double-limit of channel catfish, including a 1-8, chicken livers, Senior Shoreline. Scott Osborn, Valley Center, 2-5 albino catfish, golden shiner, Boat Dock Cove. Crappie have moved to the deeper sections of the lake. Carp action has picked up, with doughballs the best bait. Ban on private boats remains in place due to the threat of quagga mussels. Other banned equipment include canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors, etc. Rental boats available. Open daily.

Stocking Schedule:

Catfish: Dixon, 2,000 pounds. Santee Lakes, 1,000 pounds.

Ocean Fishing:

Pt. Loma Sportfishing, H&M Landing, Fisherman's Landing: 140 anglers, nine full-day boats: 160 yellowfin, 104 dorado, 70 albacore, 54 yellowtail, 17 bluefin, 5 skipjack; 122 anglers, three three-quarter day boats: 93 yellowtail, 13 calico bass, 18 barracuda, 35 bonito, 1 sheephead, 60 rockfish, 5 sculpin; 80 anglers, three half-day boats: 2 yellowtail, 144 calico bass, 22 barracuda, 12 bonito, 1 lingcod, 23 rockfish, 1 white sea bass.

Seaforth: 38 anglers, two 1½ -day boats: 26 albacore, 4 bluefin, 10 yellowfin, 12 dorado, 9 yellowtail; 34 anglers, one three-quarter day boat: 29 yellowfin; 48 anglers, two full-day boats: 26 albacore, 5 yellowfin, 15 dorado, 1 skipjack, 12 yellowtail; 65 anglers, three half-day boats: 15 yellowtail, 56 bonito, 8 barracuda, 31 calico bass, 3 rockfish, 1 sheephead.

Oceanside: 23 anglers, one full-day boat: 1 yellowfin; 39 anglers, two three-quarter day boats: 1 yellowtail, 23 sand bass, 64 calico bass, 4 barracuda, 1 sheephead, 54 bonito.

Mission Bay: 11 anglers, one three-quarter day boat: 39 yellowtail, 2 bluefin, 8 barracuda, 4 bonito, 4 calico bass, 1 whitefish; 45 anglers, two half-day boats: 14 yellowtail, 9 barracuda, 113 bonito, 26 calico bass, 7 rockfish, 2 sand bass.

Surf Fishing: Corbina: John Gibbings, 15, of San Diego, landed the most recent beach lunker corbina, a 5-pounder, taken on an outgoing tide. He fished north of Lifeguard Tower 12 on Mission Beach and baited a sand crab on 4-pound test line with a sliding sinker. “We saw more fish as they moved through, his father, Ken, said. “This was John's first corbina, and the line broke just as the fish was beached.” Ken Gibbings said his son asked to go back out the very next day. “I think he's hooked,” he said. A 5-pound corbina will do that.

Long Range: Bill Roecker of and the San Diego Sportfishing Council reports that Marlene McClary of Costa Mesa beat the guys on her five-day fishing trip aboard the Searcher with Joe Pfister and his friends from Seeker Rods. Capt. Norm Kagawa found some good yellowtail action at Benitos Islands. McClary landed the trip's best, a 43-pound yellowtail. It took a sardine pinned to a 7/0 Mustad hook tied to 50-pound Ande line and 60-pound Izorline Spectra. She used a TLD 20 reel and a Seeker Black Steel 6465 rod, so she also won the Seeker Trophy for the best fish on a Seeker rod. Josh Cocis, 16, of Brea, was on his first long-range trip and took second place in the jackpot for his 41.8-pound yellowtail, his career best fish.

Cabo San Lucas: Fishing picking up here for the big fall bite. Best action is outside the entrance to Cabo Bay. The Gaviota VII reported nine striped marlin for five fishing days. The Fish Cabo I had six striped marlin and four sailfish in six fishing days. Overall combined fish counts for 38 fishing days showed 38 striped marlin (35 released), 7 sailfish released, 30 dorado, 1 cabrilla and 78 yellowfin tuna.

Noteworthy: Results of the inaugural Offshore Shoot Out: The event drew 47 boats and 167 anglers who competed for cash and prizes totaling over $35,000. An Oceanside-based team with a name that can't make a family newspaper took the top prize with five fish totaling 130.4 points. They weighed in five yellowfin to get the $5,000 in cash and prizes and jackpots worth $11,790. The winnings included a three-day all-inclusive trip for two at Fisherman's Fleet in La Paz, valued at 1,250.
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