Date: December 05, 2017

Park hours: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM  

Dock closes:  4:00PM (Boats called in @ 3:45 PM)

Last Plant: Nov. 29nd 4000 lbs. and Dec 1st 2000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout

Next Plant: December 13th with 1500 lbs. of California Rainbow Trout

Water Temperature: 64.4 degrees      Water Level: steady  to higher levels

The Fall season is officially here!  Cooler water temps mean great trout fishing every day. The city has chosen a hatchery for this trout season.  We are now working with Calaveras Trout Farms. If you are wondering.....Calaveras Trout Farms is actually located in Snelling, CA which is on the north bank of the Merced River and 15 miles north of Merced. Our first two plants went in with no problems. Due to the truck size, they have limits of only carrying 4000 lbs. per delivery. Our official opening weekend saw record number anglers hitting the mother load with kids showing some first time fishing luck.  The opening weekend sold over 750 fishing permits and all fishing boats sold out within the first 30 minutes.  Expect large crowds after our stocks. 3 to 4 pounders mixed in with pan size trout and the biggest trout so far has been a 7lb. 12 oz. caught by Brian Cockran on a green power from Whisker Bay near the buoy line. Also, Joe Vandersmitte of Escondido pulled in a 5.25 lb. trout near the buoy line on a mini jig.     

Please have patience as this hatchery to all new to us here at the lake too.  New fish....not Tailwalkers from Nebraska so expect to have to the tackle box loaded to throw at these trout from the Merced River area. According to the owners....try a small chunk of night crawlers and a small split shot with a long leader to about 30 inches or so. Pier #1 and that shoreline has been very productive with Whisker Bay and Trout Cove popular for the boats.  Best producing baits have been  mini jigs, rooster tails. Kastmasters, Thomas buoyants, mice tails and power worms with garlic flavored power baits.  The stocks have all been after 12pm.....unlike the two day drive from Nebraska, it only takes them 7 hours from the Merced area.

The 39th Annual Dixon Lake derby was an exciting one till the end of the last day and even changed the last 5 minutes before the weigh station closed. We are finalizing the results, but it looks like Tanner Holt weighed in the crushing blow just 5 minutes prior to the end of day 3 on Sunday. His trout outweighed his girlfriend's trout by just .02 ounces at 7.68 lbs.  Katelyn Woods had the leader spot most of Sunday with a beautiful 7.66 lbs. which she took the wind out of everyone's sail with her lady luck....way to go.  She placed in the adult grand prize and not the overall winner. close Katelyn. There is always next year.

All of the bass have went through the spawning period and the lake has seen large numbers of bass fry....future world records. Persistence pays off at this lake.  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. The bass have been starting to chase some smaller chad schools in the cove area. The winter fishing for bass has some signs in the cove areas using live bait especially on the crawdads.  Nice size bass are showing since the start of the trout season.

 A NEW LAKE RECORD.... from our last year 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. Check out our website for these wall of fame photos and other fish photos       

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

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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.