Date: February 8, 2018
Park hours: 6:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Dock closes: 4:30 p.m. (Boats called in @ 4:15 p.m.)
Last Plant: February 7 - 1500 pounds of Rainbow Trout
Next Plant: February 14 - 1500 pounds of Rainbow Trout
Water Temperature: 61 degrees Water Level: steady to higher levels
Winter is here, and our daytime highs are now in the 60's and 70's. Lows are in the 40's so dress in layers. The trout really like the colder water, so get here early in day for the best bite.
Cooler water temps mean great trout fishing every day. We've seen lots of limits from Trout Cove and Boat Dock Cove. The holidays are over, so boats are generally available most days. Thursdays and the weekends after we stock are the most busy. Remember, there is no "catch & release" for trout and releasing trout is a violation of the city's municipal code EMC 18-111. Violators are subject to confiscation of trout or fish, 72-hour park ejection, and a citation to appear in court. Rangers are available to answer questions, provide advice, and to monitor angler activity.
Because we're getting our fish from Calaveras Trout Farm in Merced, expect to have to the tackle box loaded to throw at these trout. Every day seems to require a different setup, so just be prepared. According to the owners of Calaveras....try a small chunk of night crawler and a small split shot with a long leader to about 30 inches or so. 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....so 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 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.