Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Park hours: 6:00 AM –6:30 PM (daily)   
Dock closes: 5:30 PM (Boats called in @ 5:30 PM) starting 10/14/14
Last Plant: August 14th (1000 lbs. of Channel Catfish) last plant of the season

Next Plant: 1ST trout plant (October 29th) 1500 pounds

Water Temperature:  74 degrees   Water Level: steady


Fishing at Dixon Lake remains slow as it awaits Trout Season.

While fishing is slow, some anglers are still managing to reel in some catfish, bass, and bluegill. Angel Alayvilla of Escondido caught a 13 lb. catfish using mackerel as bait on 10/15. Alayvilla caught the catfish off of the ADA pier.

Dixon Lake trout season opening day remains tentative, due to higher than average water temperatures. In order for stocked trout to thrive, the water temperature must be at 70 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. If the weather and road conditions permit, Dixon Lake will keep its tentative stocking date of 10/29/2014. As of 10/18/2014, the water temperature at Dixon Lake remains at 74 degrees.

The 36th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby will remain as scheduled from November 8th to 11th.

To make this four-day event competitive for the novice, as well as the skilled angler, there are a variety of ways to win. Prizes will be awarded for the following five categories: the largest trout of the derby, the largest in each age category (senior, adult, and youth), the first and second largest trout of each day, the smallest trout of the derby, and for the first 15 trout brought in that have a plastic clip on their dorsal fin.

To enter, each fisherman must purchase a daily permit normally required to fish the lake ($7.00 adults, $5.00 for kids under 16 and seniors over 60). There is no additional charge to enter the derby, but the $5 vehicle entry fee into the park will be charged each day of the derby. Fish must be weighed in during derby hours, 6:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., on the day they are caught. Since contestants can win only one prize, chances of winning are good.

In previous years, the best bait for trout at Dixon Lake have included night crawlers, Power Bait and Power Worms. As far as lures, Rooster Tail, Kastmaster, and Thomas Buoyant have proven reliable.

For more information on park rules, future trout stocking schedule, and trout derby rules, please call the Dixon Lake Ranger station at 760-839-4680, or visit


At the present time, Dixon Lake no longer requires a California fishing license from the Dept. of Fish & Game. Dixon Lake has been granted an Aquaculture Permit. All anglers 8 yrs. and older will need a daily fishing lake permit. A second rod permit can be purchased at the concession stand for a $2.00 fee.  All other park rules, fishing regulations and City of Escondido municipal codes will remain in effect.