Southern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

DIXON LAKE: Producing ‘steady stream’ of quality rainbows

BY BRADLEY SCHWEIT/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 01, 2013

ESCONDIDO — Trout season has thus far been excellent at Dixon Lake, and last week’s action merely perpetuated the good bite.

“Trout season so far has been excellent,” said Ranger Richard Studinka, “with conditions improving each week after a stock.

“Things were a touch slower with the rain showers over the weekend and no stock this last week, although trout in the 6- to 8-pound range kept coming in from several different cove areas.

Dixon Lake Rainbow Trout
JASON REDEN OF VALLEY CENTER hoists the 8.5-pound rainbow trout he caught last week while soaking PowerBait in Lake Poway’s Catfish Cove.

“Trout and Jack Creek coves have been the most productive, with Whisker Bay and the buoy line busy, too. The fish seem to be spread out all over the lake, and the a.m. bite has been key to getting a good start, with the bite lasting several hours and then slowly tapering off… picking back up again in the late afternoon.”

Light line has been key, with 2- to 4-pound test ideal. Long leaders and light weight have been producing the best catches for anglers soaking rainbow, green or orange PowerBait. Green, white and orange Power Trout Worms have also been effective. Top lures have been Kastmasters, Thomas Buoyants and Rooster Tails, and nightcrawlers have been a go-to bait when nothing else seems to be working.

Jason Reden of Valley Center landed an 8.5-pound rainbow while soaking PowerBait in Catfish Cove. Jason Casison of Poway checked in a 7.3 pounder from Trout Cove on a minijig.

Action for other species has been on the slow side, although Jay Romaro of Fallbrook bagged a 9.2-pound whiskerfish on a nightcrawler in Whisker Bay.

The next trout plant is a 1,500-pound stock of Nebraska Tailwalkers scheduled for arrival this Thursday, Jan. 30, pending weather and road conditions.

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