Date: 17 July 2020

Park hours: 6:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Dock closes: 7:00 P.M. Boats sales end: 5:00 P.M.

Last Plant: 1000 lbs. of Catfish July 17th

Next Plant: 1000 lbs. of Catfish July 31st  

Water temperature: At surface: 77.36°F, 6.49 D.O. @ 15' 78.44°F, 6.34 D.O.

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

Water Clarity: Moderate (19ft)


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 CA state fishing license; however, Rangers do strictly enforce the required fishing permits and fresh water regulations.


***Night fishing will NOT be held this year at Dixon Lake***


Catfish: We just planted another 1000 pounds of catfish. The catfish have been very active in the early morning hours near the docks. The bite has been improving as water temperatures continue to rise. The productive areas have been Jack Creek Cove and the Buoy line in the early morning as well as the late afternoon hours before closing. Considering that catfish are primarily bottom feeders, setting up your rig with a weight that allows your bait to sink near the bottom will generally render good results. Catfish prefer bait with the strongest scent. Cut up mackerel, chicken liver and shrimp are typically the preferred bait of cat fisherman. Catfish have a limit of 5 at this time.


Bass: An eighteen pound bass was caught June 30th on a Huddleston swim bait in the trout cove area of Dixon Lake. Largemouth bass tend to stay in deeper water on hot summer days. The bass will progress into shallow water in the late evening to early morning. The aquatic weeds have been growing rapidly and are producing new habitats for the bass to reside in. Largemouth bass can typically be found in shallow water and are likely to be swimming under something that provides shade such as vegetation. In water bodies that contain aquatic vegetation, you may find it advantageous to use slightly heavier line. Top water lures, such as Frogs, have been very successful in the past week. Top water fishing tends to be ideal as the weeds continue to grow in the water. This time of year you will typically see good results when using swimbaits and other “action” style baits. The fish tend to become more aggressive while defending their bass fry and will bite at almost anything moving. Boat dock cove is still a promising location for bass. Just a reminder, bass must be at least 12 inches to keep with a limit of 2 at this time.


Trout: Our last trout stock took place on March 4th. Any remaining trout are primarily going to be in deeper waters throughout the summer. In the early morning hours, you can round up a few trout in the shallow waters of Trout Cove and Boat Dock Cove. Anglers seeking trout have been having the most luck fishing near the buoy line from a boat. A two-pound test set up with a 12” to 18” leader is recommended. Mini jigs and power bait have been the primary choice of bait for anglers this season. Chartreuse colored power bait is still doing well in trout cove. The Trout catching limit is 5! "No Catch & Release of Trout." Please make sure you are familiar with the current freshwater fishing regulations prior to fishing here at Dixon Lake as we do strictly enforce these regulations.


Bluegill: Pier 2 has been a very successful location for catching bluegill in the past week. The bite has significantly picked up with the increasing aquatic vegetation. Mealworms and cut up night crawlers have been good choices for catching bluegill in the past several weeks. The piers are promising locations for bluegill in the late afternoon hours as the vegetation in the water continues to develop. 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 any other equipment that contacts the water.


Notable recent catches:


Trout: Shane Foster 12.10 lb (January), Jonathan Pimentel 9.4 lb 1/4/20, Eric Sabo 9.1 lb 12/21/19, Craig Ranney 8.4 lb 3/5/20

Bass: David Contano 18 lbs 6/30/20, Tracy Hartman 11.8 lb (April 2019)

Catfish: David Contizano 24.9 lb (July 2019), Diego Saldana 23.5lb (August 2019)

Crappie: Dorothy Le 1.1 lb (June 2019)


Dixon Lake staff encourages anglers who qualify to take advantage of "Senior/Military Wednesdays." Senior citizens 60+ years of age as well as any military personnel are eligible to rent an all-day motor boat for $18, or an all-day row boat for $12. Fishing permits are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors over 60. Youths permits (for children ages 8-15) are $5.00.

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. This means that 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. 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 before you begin fishing in our lake. Make sure to keep your fishing permit on your person at all times when fishing. All other park rules, fishing regulations and City of Escondido municipal codes will remain in effect and will be enforced by Park Rangers.