Southern CA Freshwater

Solid largemouth cooperating at Lake Wohlford

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Oct 18, 2018

ESCONDIDO — The stretch between Lake Wohlford’s final catfish plant (August 3) and the kickoff of trout season (mid December) is over five months long, but so far, largemouth bass, holdover catfish and even crappie are doing a good job of filling the gap.

The bass bite has fair for weeks, but that’s only because it takes some work to get bit. Those putting in the time can be rewarded with respectable numbers in even a half day on the water.

LAKE WOHLFORD REGULAR Mike Hernandez of Valley Center with a quality largemouth that went 7.6 pounds. He also caught a 6 pounder.

Valley Center angler Mike Hernandez topped the recent catch list with a 7.6-pound bucketmouth that inhaled the creature bait he was dragging in some deep water. Joe Meyers of Escondido has been bouncing back and forth between Wohlford and the neighboring Dixon Lake, and he recently landed 5-of-7 hookups at Wohlford including a 4.5-pound kicker. Most of his fish came on crankbaits or flipped plastics in the rain. It was a flipped plastic worm that fooled “Mexico Joe’s” biggie.

According to lake staffers, the crappie bite has been gradually improving around the Boat Dock where they are being caught on small shiners or minijigs. Some boaters drifting either of those options over offshore structure are also running into some, and overall it’s been mostly a numbers game with most crappie landing in buckets being less than a pound each. Wohlford can kick out legitimate slabs, but they haven’t yet been part of the current bite.

Despite no stocking since early August, catfish are still being caught on mackerel or chicken livers all over the lake.

Lake Wohlford is currently only open on weekends, and that will remain the case until trout arrive in December. Fishing permits and boat rentals are sold via an automated machine at the Ranger Station, and at the moment, you cannot get bait, tackle or fishing licenses up at the lake, so have those things prior to arrival.

There are no private watercraft allowed on the lake due to the threat of quagga mussel infestation, and all-day motorboat rentals are discounted to $20 every Saturday for active military. Each month, Whopper Contest winners in four categories are awarded a free fishing and boating permit. For information on the contest or fishing conditions, please contact the Ranger Station at (760) 839-4346.

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