Dixon Lake Fish Report

Date: 7/26/19

Park hours: 6:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Dock closes: 7:00 P.M. (10:45 p.m. for night rentals)

Last Plant: 1,000 lbs. of Catfish Friday July 19th

Next Plant: 1,000 lbs. of Catfish Friday August 2nd

Water temperature: At surface: 79.34°F, 6.32 D.O. @ 15' 78.8°F, 6.38 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 (Every Thursday and Friday through the end of August)



1. Night fishing starts at 5:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday nights of catfish season and ends at 11:45 p.m.
2. Alcohol is NOT PERMITTED in the day-use or fishing areas, including the lake and shoreline, (E.M.C. 17-2 (a).
3. Shore fishing ends at 11:45 p.m. and is restricted to the posted area adjacent to the “Lakeshore” picnic area.
4. Anglers using boats must return to the dock by 10:45 p.m.
5. Boats may be tied up to the fishing piers, but cannot be pulled on shore; however, boaters must stay in the boat and cannot fish from the pier.
6. Only battery-powered lanterns are allowed to be used in the boats. No gas lanterns of any kind are permitted.
7. Intoxicated individuals will not be allowed to operate or occupy boats.
8. All day-use visitors who are not fishing must leave when the picnic areas close at 8:00 p.m.
9. All campers who are not fishing must return to the campground when the park closes.
10. All anglers must have a valid Dixon Lake daily fishing permit and must obey all fishing regulations. (E.M.C. 18-111)*
11. The fish cleaning station closes promptly at 11:00 p.m.


Catfish: Our latest catfish stock was on July 19th. Fishing hours have been extended to 11:45 p.m. every Thursday and Friday night through the end of August. Fisherman have had no trouble catching their limits in the last several weeks. The productive areas have been the South Shoreline and the Buoy line in the early morning as well as the late afternoon hours before closing. 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 to 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. There have been reports of several double digit fish being caught near Boat Dock Cove. Just a reminder, bass must be at least 12 inches to keep with a limit of 2 at this time.


Trout: The few remaining trout are going to spend the majority of their time in deeper water throughout the summer. If you are fishing in the early morning hours, you may be able to catch 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. Night crawlers have proven to be the bait of choice in the afternoon hours. A two-pound test set up with a 12” to 18” leader is recommended. Mini jigs and Power Worms are being 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: Mealworms and cut up night crawlers have been successful choices of bait for catching bluegill. The piers prove to be promising locations for bluegill in the late afternoon hours as the vegetation in the water develops. 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 (January), Rufino Antonio 12 lb (June 9th)

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.