Dixon Lake Fish Report

There have been some posts on Instagram that the 40th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby has been cancelled/postponed.  THIS INFORMATION IS FALSE.  Please refer to the Dixon Lake Fishing page, or contact the Dixon Lake Ranger Station at (760) 839-4345 for more information.

Date: 11/25/18
Park hours: 6:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. (Hours changed 11/12 to 6:00am - 5:00pm)
Dock closes: 4:00 P.M.
Last Plant: 1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday November 14th.
Next Plant: 4,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday November 28th 2,000 lbs. November 30th.
Water temperature: At surface 67.1 f., 6.41 D.O. @ 10' 65.48 f., 6.55 D.O.
Water level: Moderate level, private water craft/fish finders are currently banned.


DIXON LAKE WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING ACTIVITY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28th - 29th (STRICTLY ENFORCED). This is being done to preserve the stock for the 40th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby, Friday-Sunday, November 30-December 2.

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" acquire a fishing permit before casting out to catch the big one. If you feel the need to fish with a second pole; make sure to pick up a second rod permit as well for an additional $2. We do not require a state fishing license but do strictly enforce the required permits and fresh water regulations.

The Dixon Lake Trout Derby is upon us. November 30th - December 2nd everyone is welcome to participate in the Annual Trout Derby. 6,000 pounds of trout will be stocked between the 28th and 30th.

Trout season is here! and it is proving to be a strong start. Numerous people are catching their limits before mid-day in both Trout Cove and Jack Creek areas. Green & yellow power bait, mouse tails, power worms, and small jigs are proving to be the go to baits in these beginning weeks of the season. Trout Cove!! has proven to be the most productive for all things trout. It is a tight squeeze but, the benefits are worth it. Please be courteous to your fellow fisherman. Anthony Najera was able to bring in a 5.75lb trout (Jack Creek Cove) with green power bait and Teng Vang was able to bring in a 5.25 pounder (Trout Cove) with a white power worm."

The Catfish bite has slowed but, there are a few productive times. Early morning and the last few hours before closing have proven to produce a few good bites. Xavier Gonzalez and his dad were able to pull in an 11.2 pounder in from the buoy line.

At this time the Bass are active in search of food and are biting on drop shot and smaller swim baits. With the trout stock here it is a good time to practice different fishing techniques. Just a reminder, Bass must be at least 12 inches to keep with a limit of 2 at this time.

Bluegill have slowed down and pushed into deeper waters. Mealworms, and cut up night crawlers have been good choices for catching blue gill 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 November: Trout: Gabriel Lerma 8.5lb, Teng Vang 5.25lb Patrick Hodge 11.2lb Catfish: Xavier Gonzalez 11.2lb

Gregory Gould
Park Ranger I
City of Escondido
Utilities Department|Lakes Division
201 N. Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025


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.