Dixon Lake Fish Report
Park hours: 6:00 A.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Dock closes: 6:30 P.M.
Last Plant: 1,000 lbs. of Catfish Friday August 16th
Next Plant: Trout (TBD)
Water temperature: At surface: 79.88°F, 5.61 D.O. @ 15' 79.7°F, 5.58 D.O.
Water level: High level, private water craft/fish finders are currently banned.
Water Clarity: Moderate (18ft)
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: *Has concluded for the 2019 season*
Catfish: August 30th was the last day including night fishing for this year. The catfish are very active in the late afternoon as it cools down. Chicken liver is still the most successful choice of bait for anglers using the piers. The productive areas have been the South Shoreline and the Buoy line in 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 typically prefer bait with the strongest scent. Cut up mackerel and shrimp have been the preferred bait of cat fisherman this summer. Catfish have a limit of 5 at this time.
Bass: Largemouth bass tend to stay in deeper water on hot summer days. The bass will progress into shallow water in the late evening and early morning. You will likely see bass swimming under something that provides shade such as a dock or vegetation. A drop shot rig has proven to be a successful setup for fisherman seeking bass from the shoreline. Jerk baits and swim baits have been producing good results for fisherman using our boats. When fishing in the early morning hours, top water lures tend to be a good choice if you are fishing near the reeds or in an area with lots of aquatic vegetation. Boat Dock Cove has shown to be a preferred location for bass habitats. Just a reminder, bass must be at least 12 inches to keep with a limit of 2 at this time.
Trout: The primary trout season for Dixon lake will begin in the winter as we begin stocking rainbow trout again. Any remaining trout that were stocked in the previous season will spend the majority of their time in deep water through the end summer. If you are fishing in the early morning hours, you may be able to catch trout in the shallow waters of Trout Cove. Anglers seeking trout have had 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 Worms are used for the aggressive morning bite. We do suggest to start your shoreline fishing early as access to deeper water from the shoreline is limited. The Trout catching limit is 5! "No Catch & Release of Trout."
Bluegill: Night crawlers have been the most successful choice of bait for catching bluegill in the recent weeks. Bluegill often times respond better to smaller or cut up night crawlers. The piers prove to be promising locations for bluegill in the late afternoon hours now that the vegetation in the water has developed. 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: Tony Smock 7.13 lb, Nick Isabell 6.5 lb (April)
Bass: Tracy Hartman 11.8 lb (April)
Catfish: Jason Pizzarusso 29.2 lb (Jan.), David Contizano 24.9 lb (July 21st), Tri Nguyen 18.91 lb
Crappie: Dorothy Le 1.1 lb (June 28th )
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 http://www.dixonlake.com.
Dixon Lake can be found on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/dixonlakecitypark
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.