Catfish season is only a couple of months away! Check back to this site often for updates on stocking schedules and night fishing information.
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
38TH ANNUAL DIXON LAKE TROUT DERBY
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
1st Place Jesus Resendis 13.33 San Marcos
2nd Place Paul Prieto 12.79 Escondido
1st Place Nathan Gushwa 10.35 San Marcos
2nd Place Josh Barranco 9.03 Del Mar
1st Place Lance Liverpool 12.31 Spring Valley
2nd Place David Lemus 5.54 San Diego
Daily Fishing Fees:
State of California Fishing License Not Required
|Adults 16 years & older
|Seniors over 60 years
|Youth 8–15 years
|Children under 8 years
|2nd Rod Permit
Boat Rental Fees:
|All Day Motorboat
||$20.00 per hour**
|All Day Rowboat
||$12.00 per hour**
|1/2 Day Motorboat
||$15.00 per hour**
|1/2 Day Rowboat
||$10.00 per hour**
|Hour Pedal Boat
* Any fish caught are counted against the limit of the accompanying permit holder.
** Deposit is required. See rental counter for boating rules and regulations.