Date: August 13, 2016

Park hours: 6:00 AM- 8:00 PM

Dock closes: 7:00 PM (Boats called in @ 6:45 PM)

Last Plant: August 5, 2016 with 1,000 pounds of Channel Catfish. 

Next Plant:  August 19, 2016 with 1,000 pounds Channel Catfish. (last stock of the season) 

Water Temperature:  72 degrees: Water Level: Moderate to low


    Summer time has arrived at Dixon Lake and what better way to spend the cool evening hours by tossing a line in the lake! Night fishing continues this Thursday and Friday, August 18 and 19. We stocked 1,000 pounds of cats in Boat Dock Cove on the morning of August 5th  and another 1,000 pounds of whiskers will be planted in the same area sometime during the AM on Friday, August 19. 

     Dixon Lake night fishing will only be on Thursday and Friday nights for the summer months.  Please note that night fishing ends on Friday, September 2.  Night fishing boat rentals starting at 5:00 PM. Shoreline fishing is allowed anywhere before the buoy line until the 8:00 PM closing. After closing, all anglers must be in the permitted areas near the boat docks. Permitted areas are about 100 yards from either side of the docks with a orange flashing light signaling the boundary line of the fishing area.  The limited shoreline must be cleared by 11:45 PM.  The fish cleaning room closes promptly at 11:30 PM.  Day use areas such as the BBQ's and picnic areas may not be used during night fishing hours.   Best baits in the past have been cut mackerel, shrimp, and chicken livers. The concession stand sells all of those baits including frozen sardines and anchovies. Line choice is 8-10 lb. test with a sliding sinker so the catfish doesn't detect the weight. 

      Boat rental prices for night fishing are $30.00 for a motor boat and $14.00 for a row boat. (Half-day rates apply). Boats must be returned to the boat dock by 10:45 PM (Boats are called in at 10:30 PM on both nights) and the shoreline closes at 11:45 PM.

     The Bluegills are in prime season with the piers being a perfect area for cover (which Bluegills prefer) and the red worms are the "go-to" bait for a full stringer. 

      Dixon Lake staff encourages anglers who qualify to take advantage of “Senior/Military Wednesdays.” Senior citizens 60 and better and military personnel are eligible to rent an all-day motor boat for $18, or an all-day row boat for $12.

     For more information on park rules, future stocking schedules, night fishing rules and other information, please call the Dixon Lake Ranger station at 760-839-4680, or visit

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Dixon Lake has been granted an Aquaculture Permit by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Therefore, anglers are not required to have a California fishing license while fishing at Dixon Lake.  However, all anglers 8 years and older must purchase a daily lake fishing permit (Adults - $7.00, Youth ages 8-15 and Seniors 60 and better $5.00). A second rod permit can be purchased for an additional $2.00.  Fishing permits are available for purchase at the concession stand near the Ranger Station.  All other park rules, fishing regulations and City of Escondido municipal codes will remain in effect and will be enforced by Park Rangers.