Date: January 17, 2017

Park hours: 6:00 AM- 5:30 PM

Dock closes: 4:30 PM (Boats called in @ 4:15 PM)

Last Plant: January 11, 2017 with 1,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout.

Next Plant: January 25, 2017 with 1,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout. 

Water Temperature:  60 degrees: Water Level: High

                               Happy New Year from
Dixon Lake

Winter like conditions are here at Dixon Lake. Cooler day and chilly evenings have made the water temperatures drop into the low 60's, just perfect for our active trout. Be aware of rapidly changing lake surface and storm like conditions, and if you're in a boat, move toward the boat dock quickly if the wind picks up and whitecaps start to show.  Rangers will call boats off the lake if conditions warrant, and there are no refunds for weather-related closures.

NEW LAKE last Sunday our recent 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's name was only there for less than 6 weeks. It the third trout this season to be over the 16 pound mark.

The old Dixon Lake record rainbow trout was caught on 12/3 which is also the grand prize winner.  Steve Capps of Escondido was the angler who weighed in a small salmon at 16.40 pounds on green power bait.  Way to go Steve for a old "new lake record" and still a derby record!   Trout have been biting on the mini jigs, mouse tails, and green or yellow power bait. As a last resort, the night crawlers may pick up the bite. Large trout over 10 pounds are still coming in as a result of the derby sized trophy fish.  Light line seems to be the trick also as using 2-4 lb. test with long leaders.

Bass activities are were off the charts for December. Smaller size bass are CHASING shad schools into the cove areas and are putting on clinic on balling up the bait fish and then all exploding at once. It a crazy show to watch and see 10 to 15 bass crash the surface and then go silent again. 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.     

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.