Date: March 8, 2017
Park hours: 6:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Dock closes: 6:00 PM (Boats called in @ 5:45 PM)
Last Plant: March 22, 2017 with 1,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout.
Next Plant: April 5, 2017 with 4,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout.
Water Temperature: 58 degrees at the surface: Water Level: High
Last week's rains have done some damage to our tules on the west side of the lake, with the flow from Jack Creek continuing even now. Water on the west side is very murky due to increased runoff. The trout bite has been affected by this. East end water (east of Pier 4) is clearer, and it doesn't appear that the south shoreline has suffered much. When boating, please watch for patches of floating tules, as well as partially submerged branches. If you're using one of our motorboats, please be careful not to get floating materials wound up in the propellers. Damaged motors may be charged to the boater.
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.
Several double digit trout are hitting the scales weekly now. A well known local resident angler Jed Dickerson caught a 14 pound Tailwalker trout a couple of weeks ago fishing off of Pier #4. He was using good ol' power bait. On 3-17-17, angler Paul Carranao landed a 13 lb. 10 oz. rainbow trout using a crank bait inside of Trout Cove. A trend of using meal worms to get the bigger trout to bite seems to be working when the bite slows down. Light line and long leaders line (2- 4 ft.) seems to be the trick. The usual power bait, crappie jigs, mouse tails and night crawlers should be considered what to have handy in the tackle box. Check out our website for these wall of fame photos and other fish photos.
Bass activities are were off the charts for December and slowed down into January and February. 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.
Mark your calendars now for the 20th Annual Kiwanis Trout Derby, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23. Permit prices go to $14 for adults and $10 for seniors and youth, but the proceeds go to Kiwanis programs throughout Escondido. In order to have a great derby, Dixon Lake will be closed to all fishing beginning Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. and re-open at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. The Kiwanis will also be sponsoring a "kiddie pond" again this year, where anglers younger than 8 are welcome to try their hand at catching bluegill directly from Pier 2. Members of the Senior Anglers of Escondido will be available on the pier to help these amateurs become pros! No adult fishing from the kiddie pond on Pier 2 will be allowed.
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.