Date: October 17, 2016
Park hours: 6:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Dock closes: 6:00 PM (Boats called in @ 5:45 PM)
Last Plant: August 19, 2016 with 1,000 pounds of Channel Catfish.
Next Plant: Wednesday, November 16 - 4,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout from Chaulk Mound Trout Ranch in Nebraska (water temperatures may change this date, but they appear to be moving in the right direction).
Water Temperature: 73 degrees: Water Level: Moderate
Fall has definitely arrived with somewhat cooler temperatures and smaller crowds during the week. Santa Ana winds are expected later this week, with much higher temperatures. Be aware of rapidly changing surface conditions, and if you're in a boat, move toward the boat dock quickly if whitecaps start to show. Rangers will call boats off the lake if conditions warrant, and there are no refunds for weather-related closures.
The bass are still chasing schools of bait fish around the lake and outside of the cove areas. The key to this type is matching the "bait for the bite" and top water has been some what successful. A few anglers using the right set up on the fly line rod and reels are having epic days of 20-25 a day.....all released of course.
The Bluegills are still in 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 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 http://www.dixonlake.com.
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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.