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Escondido: Dixon Lake largemouth approved as IGFA record

Lake Wohlford also solid for bass and catfish

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Aug 01, 2019

ESCONDIDO — A double-digit largemouth bass that was caught at Dixon Lake this past spring has been approved by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) as a women’s line-class record. The old record was 4 pounds, and this one was almost three times as heavy.

NEW IGFA RECORD! — This 11-pound, 8-ounce largemouth caught by Tracy Hartman of Temecula at Dixon Lake back in April will stand as the new IGFA women’s line-class (4-pound) record.

Escondido angler Tracy Hartman reached out to Western Outdoor News immediately after making the catch in April. The bass tipped the scale at 11 pounds, 8 ounces, and it was caught on trout gear. It will stand as the IGFA women’s 4-pound line-class record, and Hartman released the fish after it was weighed.

“I was casting a minijig on my Phenix Elixr rod along the shore in less than 20 feet of water,” said Hartman in April. “I let it sink to the bottom, and I thought I was stuck on some grass, so I pulled up hard and realized I had a fish on. It started peeling drag and jumped three times, and I realized it was a huge bass, and in less than 5 minutes, I had it on the boat.”

Bass fishing has been fair at Dixon here in mid summer with most anglers probing the edges of weed lines with drop-shots finding some success. There have also been some open-water topwater and jerkbait bass being caught by anglers coming across largemouth feeding on shad.

Catfish have really been a better option with a lot of limits coming in amid heavy stocking. The lake was stocked July 19 and August 2, and hot areas include the Buoy Line, South Shore and Boat Dock Cove. Cut mackerel is far-and-away the best bait, but some are being caught on nightcrawlers.

A 7-pound bass ate a Texas-rigged worm at nearby Lake Wohlford, where catfish action has also been solid with plants arriving on the same days as at Dixon Lake.

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