Date: December 7, 2016

Park hours: 6:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Dock closes: 4: 00 PM (Boats called in @ 3:45  PM)

Last Plant: November 30, 2016 with 6,000 pounds of Rainbow Trout.

Next Plant: December  14, 2016 with 1,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout. 

THEY'RE HERE!  Our third stock of 6,000 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers from Chaulk Mound Trout Ranch were delivered to Dixon Lake early on Wednesday, November 30.  Come on down and give it a shot.  We're waiting for you!

Water Temperature:  62 degrees: Water Level: High

Fall continues at Dixon Lake with warm days and cool nights.  Water temperatures have dropped into the low 60's, just perfect for our active trout. Be aware of rapidly changing lake surface conditions, and if you're in a boat, move toward the boat dock quickly if the wind picks up and whitecaps start to show.  Rangers will call boats off the lake if conditions warrant, and there are no refunds for weather-related closures.

The 38th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby has been a HUGE success!  There were over 200 anglers waiting at the gate at 6:00 on the first day, ready to catch the big one.  We've already had a 13.33 pounder come in the first day from Boat Dock Cove on a mini-jig.  A new Dixon Lake record rainbow trout was caught on 12/3 which is also the grand prize winner.  Steve Capps of Escondido was the angler who weighed in a small salmon at 16.40 pounds on green power bait.  Way to go Steve for a "new lake record" and a derby record!   The old record was held by Paul Paik with a 15 lb. 9 oz. rainbow trout.  That record held for 16 years. Sorry Paul, it was a good run till now.  Come on down and see if you can get something bigger!  Remember, the limit on trout is 5 per person per day, and Rangers will be patrolling to ensure that everyone has a chance to get their limit.  Anglers found over limit will lose their fish, and may have their gear taken as well. Let's keep it honest!

Bass activities are still off the charts for December. Smaller size bass are CHASING shad schools into the cove areas and are putting on clinic on balling up the bait fish and then all exploding at once. It a crazy show to watch and see 10 to 15 bass crash the surface and then go silent again. For you jig chucker's....try any thing that matches the bait which resembles a small silver minnow or a small rainbow trout jig for the bigger bass     

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  Permits are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors over 60 and youths between the ages of 8-15 years old.

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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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.