Dixon Lake FishingCatfish season has started!  We stocked 1,000 pounds of cats on July 7, and we'll stock the same on July 14. 

Night fishing began on Thursday, July 13 and happens every Thursday and Friday through September 1.  You can fish from shore until 11:45, and if you're lucky enough to get a boat (they go fast, starting at 5:00), you can be on the water until 10:45. Call the park's concession stand at (760) 839-4045 for information regarding pricing and availability.

Please obey all signs relating to closed areas of the shoreline.  Pets are not permitted along the shoreline at any time.

Remember, no alcohol is allowed at any time on the shore or on boats.  Violations of this rule will result in ejection from the park.

Thanks to all of our trout anglers this season. We saw two back-to-back lake records, two very successful derbies (the results aren't in yet for the Kiwanis Derby; maybe later this week), and just a whole bunch of great rainbow trout that went home with most anglers that tried.  We'll be starting up again in late November or early December, depending on how quickly we get the lake water temps within range.  See you then!

20th Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis Foundation Charity Trout Derby

For the 20th year, the Hidden Valley Kiwanis of Escondido will be hosting their annual Charity Trout Derby at Dixon Lake on Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, 2017.  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 Nebraska Tailwalker 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 over 1,100 participants over the three day tournament, with fish ranging from a half-pound to over 16 pounds!  We tagged 40 fish with prizes for the first 15, and we maxed out!  All 15 anglers who caught tagged fish will end up with a 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!

2016 Trout Derby Winners

Prize                           Winner                            Weight          Hometown

Grand Prize                Steve Capps                   16.41             Escondido

Adult                             Seaton Stroud                13.89             Big Bear City

Senior                          Steve Weethee                 5.00             Oceanside

Youth                            Tavish McClellan             11.06              Temecula

Smallest Trout             Kevin Nam                         0.44             San Diego

Daily Prize Winners

December 2

1st Place                      Jesus Resendis                13.33             San Marcos

2nd Place                      Paul Prieto                        12.79             Escondido

December 3

1st Place                       Nathan Gushwa                10.35             San Marcos

2nd Place                      Josh Barranco                     9.03             Del Mar

December 4

1st Place                         Lance Liverpool               12.31            Spring Valley

2nd Place                        David Lemus                      5.54             San Diego

Tagged Fish

Theodore Barone

Dennis Vanderheiden

Tim Gardner

Alfredo Hernandez

Jose Milan

Nathan Stutz

Savinena Hun

Linda Vorachack

Gabriel Quiroz

Javier Deanda

Justin Lamond

Tony Parker

Ramirez Lopez

Josh Lacy

Brian Cochran

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.