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Escondido: Dixon trout bite sizzles during three-week stock streak

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 20, 2020

Shore anglers outfishing boaters as trout schools pack into coves

ESCONDIDO — Trout fishing has been outstanding at Dixon Lake with the final installment of three-consecutive weeks with a trout plant going in on Feb. 19. That’s three 1,500-pound deliveries in February alone, and that paired up with that freak brown trout catch a couple weeks ago has made the North County San Diego trout stage an exciting one. 

THE HOOKUP BAITS minijig in gold and black has been hot at Dixon Lake this season, and that’s what Ethan Bowman of Ramona used to stick this 7 pounder which stands as his new personal best. PHOTO COURTESY ETHAN BOWMAN

“Man, with back-to-back stocks at Dixon, the bite has been pretty good with a good amount of big ‘bows swimming around,” said Mat Herrera of SoCal Fishing Excursions. “Black and gold Hookup Baits have hands down been smashing this year. They are holding shallow and deep, so they are more easily accessible from shore now, as opposed to before when a rental boat was the ticket.”

Ramona angler Ethan Bowman was out there with a buddy, and they stacked up good numbers, and Bowman stuck a 7 pounder off the tules near Jack Creek Cove. He was also using the black and gold Hookup Baits jig, and that 7 now stands as his new personal best.

Ranger Specialist Caleb Costa told WON quality fish are being caught on Power Worms from the shore areas around Whisker Bay. Boat Dock Cove, Trout Cove, Catfish Cove and the Pier near Jack Creek Cove are also productive areas worth checking out.

MAT HERRERA WITH another quality Dixon Lake rainbow caught on a Hookup Baits minijig. PHOTO COURTESY SOCAL FISHING EXCURSIONS

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