ESCONDIDO — Most anglers are unaware of the fact that Dixon Lake does indeed have a decent population of black crappie swimming about its waters. This is largely due to a lack of effort in targeting the popular panfish. Regardless, this past week produced a new lake record for the species by a rather well-known angler.
“Dixon has yet another lake record and a first for a black crappie,” said Park Ranger II Richard Studinka. “Yes, we have crappie in our lake; they just haven’t been targeted for a long time.
“The new record holder is a well-known angler: Jed Dickerson of Carlsbad was the lucky angler who gets the new lake and first crappie record.”
The 1-pound, 7-ounce fish fell for a crappie jig fished near Boat Dock Cove, and capped what was otherwise a lackluster week in terms of fishing action. That fish set the bar for all future crappie chasers.
“The species isn’t widely-known here at Dixon Lake, as we haven’t seen one caught in the last 10 to 15 years,” Studinka added. “There has always been a small population of this species of fish throughout the years here at Dixon, but really never have been fished for in the later years. Most people had thought that this species of fish was ‘fished out.’”
Although catfish season has been over for some time, there remain at least a few whiskerfish to be caught. Jed Dickerson took a couple of anglers – Edward Ramanoy of Del Mar and Jim Muir of Scripps Ranch – out this past week for 6 catfish in the 2- to 4-pound range on cut mackerel. “The first early winter storm may have set things in motion for the catfish to stir up the action enough to keep the bite going for a week or so,” Studinka remarked. “The best baits in the past have been cut mackerel, shrimp and chicken liver.”
The first trout plant of the season is slated to arrive Wednesday, Nov. 2, with a 1,500-pound stock of Nebraska Tailwalkers. The lake’s 33rd annual Trout Derby is also just around the corner, Nov. 10-13. For additional information on the derby, rules, and prizes call the Dixon Lake Ranger Station at (760) 839-4680.
JED DICKERSON OF CARLSBAD landed this new lake-record crappie at Dixon Lake this past week. Most anglers had mistakenly assumed the population had been “fished out,” but this 1-pound, 7-ounce specimen indicates otherwise.