Date: 08/09/14

Park hours: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Daily)
Night Fishing Hours: Park Close @ 11:45 (Thursday and Friday Nights Only)
Dock closes: 7:00 PM (Boats are called in @ 6:45 PM) (Saturday to Wednesday)

Night Fishing Hours (5:00-10:45 PM) (Thursday and Friday Nights Only)

Last Plant: August 7th (1000 lbs. of Channel Catfish)

Next Plant: August  14th (1000 lbs. of Channel Catfish)   

Water Temperature: 76-78 degrees    Water Level: Slowly falling   


Dixon Lake’s summer season is here…warm days and cool evening hours are the perfect time to a soak a line for the whisker fish. Only 3 more weeks till night fishing season is over.

 Night fishing is well into the summer months with some big cats coming in this again this last week. Daniel Duran of Escondido had a good 6.35 lb. catfish on cut mackerel inside of Whisker Bay. Nicole Kinkel of Escondido hit a nice 8.75 lb. cat on mackerel in Catfish Cove. Two double digit fish of the week came in weighing in 11.7 lb. caught by Scott Carpenter of Oceanside and an even 12 lb. by Raul Pizarro from Escondido was using mackerel took the bait on Pier 3.  This was 2nd biggest fish so far this year. The lake has been stocked with 1000 pounds of catfish each week of night fishing season.  Over 5000 pounds of channel cats have gone into the lake with only 1 stock left. As usual, best baits in the past have been cut mackerel, sardines, chicken livers and shrimp. Use 8-10 lb. test line and a sliding sinker for best results. Catfish stocked are in the 2-3 pound range with the bigger hold-over cats from past years.

 Night fishing nights will be Thursday and Friday nights only this year. Boat rental start at 5PM and must return to the dock by 10:45PM. Boats are called in at 10:30. Boat rentals are $30 for a motorboat and $14 for a rowboat. Shoreline fishing is available on a limited area of shoreline near the boat dock areas until 11:45 PM. Minors must be with a parent or guardian over the age of 18 for night fishing. No alcohol or smoking is permitted at any time anywhere at the lake. No day use of picnic areas or BBQ’s are allowed. No gas or propane lanterns are allowed in boats. Battery operated lights or flashlights ARE allowed in the boats as we supply a safety orange running light for boats that must be on at all times. Permit prices are the same for night fishing. Next stock for catfish will be the last one for the season on Aug 14th with 1000 pounds.

Bass activity has slowed down during the summer months. Still may have a chance at a decent sized bass cruising around the shallows.  Bluegill action is heating with up with some up to smaller sized fish off the piers near the weedy, covered areas of the lake. Try using Red worms or meal worm for the gills.

For further night fishing regulations, park rules and stocking schedules please call the Dixon Lake Ranger Station at 760-839-4680 or visit

At the present time, Lake Dixon no longer requires a California fishing license from the Dept. of Fish & Game. Lake Dixon received and was granted an Aquaculture Permit. This permit is valid again for the 2014 calendar year. All anglers 8 yrs. and older will still need a daily fishing lake permit. A second rod permit/ticket can be purchased for an additional $2.00 fee. 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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