Date: 1 March 2021

Park hours: 6:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Dock closes: 5:30 P.M. Boats sales end: 4:00 P.M.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATES: Dixon Lake is open to the public. Please check the City of Escondido's COVID-19 web page for rules and restrictions

***Due to storm damage and maintenance needs, boat rentals have been suspended at Dixon Lake at this time.


Last Plant: 1500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout: February 17th

Next Plant(s): 1500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout: March 3rd & March 10th

Water temperature: At surface: 58.1°F, 10.32 D.O. @ 15' 57.02°F, 10.48 D.O.

Water level: High level, private water craft/fish finders are currently banned.

Water Clarity: Very High (34ft)


***Notice*** On November 18, 2020 Escondido’s City Council voted to update the Lakes & Open Space Division’s rental and user fees. New fees went into effect on December 1, 2020. New fees can be viewed HERE.


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 $3. We do not require a CA state fishing license; however, Rangers do strictly enforce the required fishing permits and fresh water regulations.


Trout: We will have two weeks of back-to-back trout stocking beginning on March 3rd. Access to whisker bay will be restricted on stock days to allow the trout time to disperse throughout the lake. Boat Dock Cove is still a good location for trout in the early morning and evening. Mini Jigs and power bait are still proving to be the ideal choice of bait. The trout have primarily preferred chartreuse and rainbow colors when using powerbait. The trout will remain near the buoy line and whisker bay area for the first several days after a fresh plant. After the trout have had time to disperse throughout the lake, the trout cove area will be a promising location for catching trout. In the early morning hours, you are likely to find trout in the shallow waters of the south shoreline and Boat Dock Cove. Mini Jigs, mouse tails and power bait have been the most successful choice of bait for anglers since opening day. A two-pound test set up with a 12” to 18” leader is recommended. 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: We officially have a new lake record for catfish! Cameron Gruwell caught a 30.4 pound catfish on January 31st using mackerel on the south shoreline. Mr. Gruwell released the cat back into the lake after the weight was certified by park staff. The Catfish bite has picked back up due to the recent trout stocks. Although we have concluded stocking catfish for the year, catfish are present year round in Dixon Lake. The catfish are very active in the early morning as well as the afternoon hours before closing. Piers 3 and 4 have been producing good results. Night crawlers soaked with garlic oil have been the preferred bait of catfish recently. 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 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: At this time the Bass are active in search of food and are biting on drop shot and smaller swim baits. With the trout stock here it is a good time to practice different fishing techniques. Drop shot rigs set up with either Roboworms or Senkos are still proving to be a good method. The bass will be more active in shallow waters as we continue to see cooler weather. The aquatic weeds are still present and will slowly disperse as the water temperature continues to drop. Largemouth bass can typically be found in shallow water and are likely to be found swimming under something that provides shade such as vegetation or a pier. In water bodies that contain aquatic vegetation, you may find it advantageous to use slightly heavier line. Boat dock cove is still a promising location for bass. Just a reminder, bass must be at least 12 inches to keep with a limit of 2 at this time.


Bluegill: The bluegill bite is fairly slow during this time of year. Meal worms and red worms are still the best choice of bait for the time being. Using cut up night crawlers for bait is also a good method. The bite will gradually slow down as the aquatic vegetation in the water dies down. The piers and shorelines are still promising locations for catching bluegill. 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: Robert Tysl 8.7 lbs 12/2/2020, Jacob Lopez 7.58 lb 1/6/2021, Richard Arenes 7lb 1/6/2021, Abraham Ramos 7.25 lb 12/23/20

Bass: David Contano 18 lbs 6/30/2020

Catfish: Cameron Gruwell 30.4 Lb **New lake record**, David Contizano 24.9 lb (July 2019), Diego Saldana 23.5lb (August 2019)

Crappie: Dorothy Le 1.1 lb (June 2019)


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 $20. Fishing permits are $9.00 for adults and $6.00 for seniors over 60. Youths permits (for children ages 8-15) are $6.00.

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

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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 $3.00. 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.