Dixon Lake Fish Report

Date: 01/26/19

Park hours: 6:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Feb 1st-17th 6:00am to 5:30pm

Dock closes: 4:00 P.M.

Last Plant: 1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Tuesday January 22nd.

Next Plant: 1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday February 13th/February19th.

Water temperature: At surface 56.84 f., 8.02 D.O. @ 10' 55.94 f., 8.08 D.O.

Water level: High level, private water craft/fish finders are currently banned.


Fishing permits, boat rentals, bait, and tackle are all sold at the Concessions Stand right next to the Ranger Station in the Lakeshore Area. Anglers "Must!" purchase a fishing permit before casting out to catch the big one. If you desire to fish with a second pole, make sure to pick up a second rod permit for an additional $2. We do not require a state fishing license but do strictly enforce the required permits and fresh water regulations.


Trout: In the early morning hours, you can round up a few trout in the shallow waters of Trout and Boat Dock Cove. Although, it is the Buoy Line that you want to put your fishing emphasis on. With two stocks in two weeks, the fishing has been great! A two-pound test set up with a 12 to 18inch leader is recommended. Mini Jigs and Power Worms are being used for the aggressive morning bite while Garlic/Rainbow Power bait and Night Crawlers are the go to bait when it slows down. Those on boats make sure to check out the Buoy Line if you find that the other areas are not producing well. We do suggest to start your shoreline fishing early as access to deeper water from the shoreline is limited. While fishing from the shoreline, it is recommended to go with the set up listed above. Our next pair of stocks are coming in February 13th and February 19th with a total of 3,000lbs. The Trout catching limit is 5! "No Catch & Release of Trout." Matt McDevitt caught a nice 7.1lb Trout off of Pier 1 using a Smoke Mini Jig the day after our most recent stock. Raul Pizarro caught a pair of great looking Trout off of the shoreline near the Buoy Line using Garlic Powerbait.


The Catfish bite has picked back up due to the rain and recent trout stocks. The productive areas have been Jack Creek Cove and the Buoy Line in the early morning and late afternoon before closing. Jason Pizzarusso broke our catfish record with an amazing 29lb 2oz monster just a few weeks ago. We have seen a healthy ratio of large catfish being brought in each week. Catfish have a limit of 5 at this time.


At this time the Bass are active in search of food and are biting on drop shot and smaller swim baits. With the trout stock here it is a good time to practice different fishing techniques. Just a reminder, Bass must be at least 12 inches to keep with a limit of 2 at this time.


Bluegill have slowed down and pushed into deeper waters. Mealworms, and cut up night crawlers have been good choices for catching blue gill in the past few weeks with the majority of them being caught in the early morning and afternoon hours. The Buoy Line is producing large size fish at this time. Bluegill are limited to 25 of any size at this time.

There is a ban on private water craft and equipment at this time. Restricted equipment includes; private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors, and other equipment that contacts the water.


Notable Catches for January: Trout: Matt McDevitt 7.1lb Raul Pizarro 2.7lb/1.675lb

Catfish: Jason Pizzarusso 29.2lb Nate Barlows 15.82lb

Gregory Gould

Park Ranger 1

City of Escondido 760-839-4345 ggould@escondido.org

Lakes Department

201 N. Broadway Escondido, CA 92025 www.escondido.org


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.  You must have a valid fishing permit with you prior to starting to fish.  All other park rules, fishing regulations and City of Escondido municipal codes will remain in effect and will be enforced by Park Rangers.