Dixon Lake Fish Report
Park hours: 6:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Dock closes: 4:00 P.M. Boats sales end: 2:30 P.M.
Last Plant: 5500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout December 5th
Next Plant: 1500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout December 18th
Water temperature: At surface: 60.26°F, 6.65 D.O. @ 15' 60.26°F, 6.57 D.O.
Water level: High level, private water craft/fish finders are currently banned.
Water Clarity: High (27ft)
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.
Trout: Trout season has officially begun for the 2019/20 season at Dixon Lake. We will be stocking trout periodically until April 2020. This year our trout are being sourced from Mt. Lassen Rainbow Trout. The first fishing derby began on December 6th and will conclude on Sunday, December 8th. Anglers seeking trout have had the most luck fishing from trout cove, south shoreline and boat dock cove. A two-pound test set up with a 12” to 18” leader is recommended. Mini jigs have shown to be the primary choice of anglers so far. Chartreuse colored power bait has also been 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.
Catfish: Although we have concluded stocking catfish for the year, catfish are present year round in Dixon Lake. The catfish are very active in the afternoon before closing. Night Crawlers have been the most successful choice of bait for anglers in the post-catfish season. The productive areas have been the South Shoreline and the Buoy line in the 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 primarily 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: Largemouth bass have been very active in the hours before dusk. You will likely see bass swimming under something that provides shade such as a dock or vegetation on sunny days. 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. Small lures have also been working well. 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.
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. 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: Dino Santo 7.82 lb, Sonny Shaw 7.74 lb 12/6/19
Bass: Tracy Hartman 11.8 lb (April)
Catfish: David Contizano 24.9 lb (July), Diego Saldana 23.5lb (August 30th)
Crappie: Dorothy Le 1.1 lb (June)
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.