Date: Monday, November 30, 2015

Park hours: 6:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Dock closes: 5:00 PM (Boats called in @ 4:00 PM)
Last Plant: Tuesday, November 24 with 3,000 pounds of Rainbow Trout from Chaulk Mound Trout Farm.

Next Plant:  Wednesday, December 2 with 6,000 pounds of the Rainbow beauties from Chaulk Mound.   This year's Nebraska Tailwalkers have not disappointed.  These have been a favorite for over five years, as they are pretty good fighters and are usually pretty tasty.

Water Temperature: 63 degrees.  Water Level: Rising

     Great weekend of fishing!  We saw a number of full stringers each day, with several fish over the 5 pound mark.  We're expecting the same for our Derby stock, and our supplier, Chaulk Mound Trout Farm has said to look for some extra-sized specimens this week.  We'll be putting in 6,000 pounds, which should be more than enough for our lucky anglers to take a few home.

Due to the distance the supplier travels to deliver the fish, there is no time frame for delivery December 2.  We've stocked as late as 5:00 p.m. on some days, depending on weather across the West.  Your best bet would be to get to Dixon Lake at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 3 for the start of the Derby.  There will be plenty of trout for everyone. Please remember there is a $5.00 per vehicle parking fee charged each day during the derby. 

As an extra note, we will be keeping the outlying parking areas closed until about 6:15 a.m. to ensure that everyone has a fishing permit in hand before they get their hooks wet.

      The Dixon Lake Whopper Contest continues featuring the fish of the season: catfish. Our most recent winner is Johnny Tate, who landed a 19.25 pound catfish on Wednesday, September 2.  The Whopper Contest will be focused on catfish through October.  Winners receive a free fishing day, which includes a one-day fishing permit and an all-day motorboat rental.  You must weigh in your fish no later than 30 minutes before the lake closes on the day the fish was caught.  Your name, image and a picture of the fish may be used for promotional purposes by the City.

      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, and other information, please call the Dixon Lake Ranger station at 760-839-4680, or visit

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At the present time, Dixon Lake does not require a California fishing license from the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife. Dixon Lake has been granted an Aquaculture Permit. All anglers 8 yrs. and older will need a daily fishing lake permit (Adults - $7.00, Youth ages 8-15 and Seniors 60 and better $5.00). 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.