Date: February 11, 2017
Park hours: 6:00 AM- 5:30 PM
Dock closes: 4:30 PM (Boats called in @ 4:15 PM)
Last Plant: February 8, 2017 with 1,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout.
Next Plant: February 22, 2017 with 1,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout.
Water Temperature: 58 degrees at the surface: Water Level: Slowly rising to normal level
Summer like conditions were here at Dixon Lake, at least for a few days. We've had a couple of days of very warm temperatures with mild evenings which have kept the water temps just perfect for our active trout. There's more rain forecast for this weekend, so 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.
NEW LAKE RECORD......Late last month 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.
Another double digit trout hit the scales weighing in at 11 lbs. 12 oz. trout inside of Whisker Bay. Luis Loya was using a trout minnow jig to fool the nice '"tailwalker". Look for his photo to be posted soon.Trout have been hitting on the crappie and trout minnow jigs. Garlic flavored power bait and night crawlers are working well. A trend of using meal worms to get the bigger trout to bite seems to be working when the bite slows down. Light line seems to be the trick also as using 2-4 lb. test with long leaders.
Bass activities are were off the charts for December and slowed down into January. Smaller size bass were 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. Pier #2 and the area around it seem to be producing a good number of bass. As the month of March rolls around, watch for the pre-spawn and the males moving closer into shore as signs the spawn is happening. This is when the bigger bass should searching for nests to spawn. 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.
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.