Date: 07/22/14

Park hours: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Daily)
Dock closes: 7:00 PM (Boats are called in @ 6:45 PM)

Last Plant: July 10th (1000 lbs. of Channel Catfish)

Next Plant: July 24th (1000 lbs. of Channel Catfish)   

Water Temperature: 76-78 degrees   

             Night Fishing is under way!  We're having a great turnout for this fun family event. We've already put 2,000 pounds of "cats" in this season, and we'll stock again with another 1000 pounds on Thursday, July 24.  Boat rentals start at 5:00 p.m., are called in at 10:30 p.m. and must return to the dock by 10:45 p.m. 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 p.m.. 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 as we supply a safety orange running light that must be on at all times. Permit prices are the same for night fishing.  As usual, best baits will continue to be cut mackerel or sardines, chicken livers or shrimp.  Use 8-10 lb. test line and a sliding sinker for best results.

       The bass action and spawns are showing some ending signs with light activity around the spawning beds…a few small male bass have been caught and released this week from anglers who are scouting out the shallow nesting spots. The spawn may have already come and gone as large schools of bass fry have been seen throughout the lake especially near the boat dock cove areas. There might be some late arrivals as it’s still the season with bigger females showing up around the nests.

        For further night fishing regulations, park rules and stocking schedules please call the Lake Dixon 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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