Date: October 13, 2017

Park hours: 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM  

Dock closes:  5:30PM (Boats called in @ 5:15 PM)

Last Plant: August 18, 2017  1000 pounds of Channel Catfish

Next Plant: Tentative stocking for Rainbow Trout: (Week of Nov 13th -17th)

Water Temperature: 74 -76 degrees      Water Level: steady  to lower levels

The Fall season is officially here with cooler temp's means Trout season soon!!

Dixon Lake stocked 6000 pounds total for the catfish season ending September 1st. Best baits have been cut mackerel, shrimp, anchovies and chicken livers which our concession stocks all the varieties. Biggest catfish of the season goes to Nick Isalbell who landed a 18.7 lbs. on cut mackerel from Trout Cove and Tri Nguyen also using cut mackerel caught a 18.9 lbs. cat from the buoy line. Our next plant will be August 18th with another 1000 pound whisker fish drop in the boat dock cove area. 

Thanks to all anglers who visited Dixon Lake to enjoy a great catfish season.  There were some big fish that went home with our night fishing anglers!  We'll be back next summer and we'll let you all know when we're ready to go. That doesn't mean catfish are not here....fall/winter has great opportunities for catfish when anglers target this species.  Try deeper ends of the lake and especially after the rains.

NEW LAKE RECORD.... our recent derby grand prize winner and a lake record was broken by Don Stephensen  (long time angler)  who pulled in a 16.82 pound Tailwalker rainbow trout while only using 4 pound test fishing line. The fish battled for 20 minutes before finally coming ashore. Don was using a "green smoking worm jig" between Pier #2 and Trout cove shoreline.  Don didn't give much time for the ink to dry as Steve Capps's name was only there for less than 6 weeks. It the third trout this season to be over the 16 pound mark. Check out our website for these wall of fame photos and other fish photos.

Most of the bass have went through the spawning period and the lake has seen large numbers of bass fry....future world records. Long time local angler Mike Dispendsiero caught and release on 5-9-17 his personal best with an 11.29 pound bass.  Persistence pays off at this lake.  As always, to preserve the bass population, always capture the photo and then practice  catch and release.  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.

City staff is preparing to go to bid for our next contract for trout.  We have some pretty good potential bidders that want to provide us with fish.  We'll know more by mid-October.  We will not have date for our first stock until we have consistent water temperatures in the high 60's.  That's been in late November for the last couple of years, so please check back.      

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.