Dixon Lake Fishing


Trout season is almost here!  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.  We've confirmed that the first delivery date for Dixon Lake will be Wednesday, November 15.  Because of the distance the fish are traveling, we will not know what time the stock will occur  The remaining stock dates for the season are being confirmed, and we'll post that information as soon as we have it.  As in the past, opening day for Lake Wohlford will be the second Saturday in December (December 9). 

Calaveras has confirmed that they can meet our needs for the 39th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby, so we now have firm dates,  The Derby will begin on Friday, December 1 at 6:00 a.m. and run through Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 p.m.  As in previous years, the weigh-in station will close each day promptly at 4:00 p.m., so make sure you've hooked your biggest fish by then. All normal fishing rules will be in place during the Derby, but 2nd rod stamps will not be available.  Only one rod per angler will be allowed.    Please note that Dixon Lake will be closed to all fishing activity the Wednesday and Thursday (November 29 and 30) before the Derby.


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.


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.