Dixon Lake Fishing

Trout season is under way! On Wednesday, October 11, the Escondido City Council approved entering into a contract with Calaveras Trout Farm to provide Rainbow Trout for Dixon Lake and Lake Wohlford.  While our trout may be just a bit smaller than the Tailwalkers from past years, we've had some great comments regarding the taste of these beauties. 

The stocking schedule is below.  It's important to note that while the schedule may be posted, bad weather, road conditions or conditions at the farm may result in delays or changes.  Please see the Latest Fish Report for up to date information.

January 3     1,500 pounds
January 10   1,500 pounds
January 24   1,500 pounds
February 7    1,500 pounds
February 14  1,500 pounds
February 21  1,500 pounds
March 7         1,500 pounds
March 21       1,500 pounds
March 28       1,500 pounds
April 18          4,000 pounds
April 20             500 pounds


The 21st Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis Foundation Charity Trout Derby is only a couple of weeks away!  The fun begins at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, and doesn't end until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.  All fish must be weighed in prior to the close of the weigh in station at 4:00 p.m. both days.  We'll be stocking with 4,500 pounds of Calaveras Rainbow Trout just before the Derby, so be prepared to catch your limit (always five, with no catch and release allowed). Because this is a charity fundraising event, permit prices during the Derby are as follows:

  • Adult - $14.00
  • Senior - $10.00
  • Youth - $10.00

2nd rod stamps will not be sold during the Derby.

In order to maintain the integrity of the stock before the Derby, Dixon Lake will be closed to all fishing activity from Wednesday, April 18 though Friday, April 20.  Rangers will be on duty during the closure, and anglers found fishing during the closed period will be subject to citation and ejection from the lake for 72 hours.


ATTENTION: In order to protect Lake Dixon from invasive exotic Quagga mussels, there is still a temporary ban on private water craft and equipment that could have been exposed to mussels. Restricted equipment includes private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors and other equipment that contacts the water.

Remember, consuming alcohol and smoking are prohibited at all times in day use areas, on the shore or on boats.  Violations of this rule will result in ejection from the park.


21st Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis Foundation Charity Trout Derby

For the 21st year, the Hidden Valley Kiwanis of Escondido will be hosting their annual Charity Trout Derby at Dixon Lake on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, 2018.  Saturday's hours are 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday's hours are 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  There will be prizes for adults and juniors, with additional prizes for anglers that bring in any of the 15 tagged fish. 

The City will be stocking Dixon Lake with 4,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout just before the Derby, so fishing should be great.  In addition, the Kiwanis are sponsoring a "kiddie pond" again this year, with about 300 pounds of bluegill!  The kiddie pond will be adjacent to Pier 2, and will be staffed by volunteers from the Senior Anglers of Escondido.  Our more accomplished anglers will be there to help the amateurs become pros!  No adult fishing in the kiddie pond, please!

Permit prices for the derby will be $14 for adults and $10 for youth and seniors.  Proceeds from the derby will be used to fund special Kiwanis programs.   Anglers under 8 do not require a permit.  California State fishing licenses are not required at Dixon Lake.  There is a $5.00 entry fee for vehicles entering the park on weekends and holidays, including derby days.  Visitors 60 or better park for free.

For more information on the derby, please go to www.hiddenvalleykiwanis.org



We've wrapped up a highly successful derby!  We had almost 1,200 participants over the three day tournament, with fish ranging from a half-pound to over 7 pounds!  We tagged 50 fish with prizes for the first 15, of which 13 were caught.  If you end up with a tagged fish after the derby, you get to keep the tag as your prize!  Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all the other "troutees" who made this a very special event.  Just wait until next year!

2017 Trout Derby Winners

Prize                           Winner                            Weight          Hometown

Grand Prize                Tanner Holt                       7.68             Wildomar

Adult                           Katelyn Woods                 7.66              Wildomar

Senior                         Vince Catalanotto             5.96              Escondido

Youth                          Andrew Helata                  6.18              San Diego

Smallest Trout            Michael Rockafeller             .44              Escondido

Daily Prize Winners

December 1

1st Place                      Mike Howe                          6.91             Escondido

2nd Place                     Juan Valdovinos                  6.54             Escondido

December 2

1st Place                       Ron Wood                          5.78             Vista

2nd Place                      Roman Quiriz                     4.36             Escondido

December 3

1st Place                        Edward Negron                 6.33             Imperial Beach

2nd Place                       Patrick Martinez                 5.34            Escondido

Tagged Fish

Felipe Dominguez

Anthony Gonzalez

Jeff King

Dino Santo

Chris Sperbeck

Ross Colbert

Seaton Stroud

Barrett Goldman

Chris Via

Adrian Hawthorne

Luke Vanlaeys

Henry Skaja

Johnny Sophan

Daily Fishing Fees:

State of California Fishing License Not Required

Adults 16 years & older $7.00
Seniors over 60 years $5.00
Youth 8–15 years $5.00
Children under 8 years FREE*
2nd Rod Permit $2.00

Boat Rental Fees:

   Daily  Hourly
All Day Motorboat $35.00 $20.00 per hour**
All Day Rowboat $17.00 $12.00 per hour**
1/2 Day Motorboat $30.00 $15.00 per hour**
1/2 Day Rowboat $14.00 $10.00 per hour**
Pedal Boats
Hour Pedal Boat $12.00**

* Any fish caught are counted against the limit of the accompanying permit holder.
** Deposit is required. See rental counter for boating rules and regulations.