Southern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Quality catfish on the chew at Dixon Lake

BY BRADLEY SCHWEIT/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 11, 2012

ESCONDIDO — Although night fishing has officially ceased at Dixon Lake and the final catfish plant of the season arrived mid-August, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of whiskered reasons to wet a line in the fishery.

“The hot and humid days and cool evening hours are the perfect time to soak a line for the whiskerfish,” said Ranger Richard Studinka. “Early a.m. has been one of the better times.

“Most of the catfish that have been coming in are in the 5- to 7-pound range, and are hitting cut mackerel. Shoreline fishing has been just as effective as boating, especially off the piers and around Boat Dock Cove. The best baits have been cut mackerel, squid, chicken liver and shrimp.”

Last week’s best kitty was a 13.5 pounder caught by Roy Dinner of Escondido on squid off Pier #2. Matt Roselardes, also of Escondido, had a 9.25-pound cat using mackerel. John Tomas of San Diego also used mackerel for a 7.9 pounder. Karrie Wilson of Escondido landed a 6.55 pounder on the same bait, and Daniel Duran of Escondido and Aleksandr Yermakov of San Diego both had cats of 5.25 pounds on chicken liver.

“Bluegill action has been steady, with some fish up to 1-pound off the piers near the weeded, covered areas of the lake,” Studinka added. “Try using redworms or mealworms for the ‘gills.

“We will be stocking Nebraska Tailwalkers again this year for our upcoming 2012/’13 trout season. The first plant usually happens near the end of October or first part of November. Our trout derby is tentatively scheduled for Veteran’s Day weekend, Nov. 9th-12th, 2012. It’s never too early for stocking up on trout supplies for another banner year fishing for rainbow trout.”

KARRIE WILSON of Escondido scored this 6.55-pound catfish while soaking mackerel at Dixon Lake this past week.

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