Dixon Lake Fishing

Trout season officially kicked off at Dixon Lake on Friday,  November 16 with our first stock of 4,500 pounds of Calaveras Rainbows.  High winds and temperatures forced us to close the lake Wednesday and Thursday of that week, but the delay allowed the fish to disperse across all the good fishing spots.  We stocked again on Tuesday, November 20 just before Thanksgiving with 1,500 pounds.  Lots of action for everyone! 

Our next stock is scheduled for Thursday, December 20, but is subject to weather and other conditions outside the control of Dixon Lake staff.  The stock truck normally arrives between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., but again, conditions independent of Dixon Lake may cause delays.  Remember that there is a 5-fish limit per person per day, and no catch and release.  You catch it, you keep it!

Follow this link (https://www.escondido.org/dixon-lake.aspx) for information about the 40th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby, held November 30 - December 2.

Fishing Permit information:

A California fishing license is not required to fish at Dixon Lake, but you must purchase a daily fishing permit each day from the concession stand before you start to fish.

  • Adults (16 and older)          $7.00 per day
  • Seniors (60 and older)        $5.00 per day
  • Youth (ages 8-15)               $5.00 per day
  • Children under 8                  Free (must fish with an adult angler, and all fish caught are charged to the adult's permit)
  • 2nd Rod Stamp                   $2.00 per day (2nd rods are not allowed during trout derbies)

ATTENTION: In order to protect Lake Dixon from invasive exotic Quagga mussels, there is still a 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.  There is no body contact allowed with the waters of Dixon Lake at any time.

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.

Dates are still undecided for the 2019 Hidden Valley Kiwanis Foundation Charity Trout Derby, but keep watching this page for updates.

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.