Dixon Lake Fish Report

Date: 4/23/19

Park hours: 6:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Dock closes: 7:00 P.M.

Last Plant: 4,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday April 3rd

Next Plant: 4,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday April  24th

Water temperature: At surface 66.20 f., 7.57 D.O. @ 10' 65.3 f., 7.66 D.O.

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

Water Clarity: Moderate (10-15ft) Clearing up after the rains


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: April 24th is the last stock date for the season. Dixon Lake will be closed for fishing on April 24th, 25th, and 26th. Rangers will be out enforcing the closure. We will reopen at 6am on Saturday April 27th for the 2-day Hidden Valley Kiwanis Trout Derby. There will be lots of fun and prizes for this derby. Remember everyone who is fishing will be entered into the derby and lake permit prices are $14 for adults, $10 for children and seniors. There will be a "kiddie pond" for children under the age of 8. Hours for the Derby will be 6:00am until 6:00pm on Saturday and 6:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday. All fish must be weighed in before the Derby closes to be counted. Full fishing rules will be in effect.


In the early morning hours, you can round up a few trout in the shallow waters of Trout Cove and Boat Dock Cove. Although, it is the Buoy Line that you want to put your fishing emphasis on. The cloudy waters after the rain have opened up the opportunity to fish with jigs off the shoreline again. Act on it now before the water clears. 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. The Trout catching limit is 5! "No Catch & Release of Trout."


Bass Spawning Season is here!! The Lilac is blooming! With warmer sunnier days we should see the Bass Spawning up close to the shoreline. Sight fishing becomes popular during this time of year and renders great results. The fish tend to become more aggressive while defending their beds and will bite at almost anything. There have been reports of a few 10+lb fish being caught in various areas across the lake. Just a reminder, Bass must be at least 12 inches to keep with a limit of 2 at this time.


The Catfish bite has slowed but, as the water temperature rises it will strengthen. The productive areas have been Jack Creek Cove and the Buoy Line in the early morning and late afternoon before closing. We have seen a healthy ratio of large catfish being brought in each week. Catfish have a limit of 5 at this time.


Bluegill have slowed down and pushed into deeper waters. Mealworms, and cut up night crawlers have been good choices for catching Bluegill 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 March:

Trout: Tom O'Conner 6.4lb William Drieling 4.75lb

Catfish: Jason Pizzarusso 29.2lb

Crappie: Martin Poe 2lb



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.