Southern CA Freshwater

Escondido: Trout opener hot at Dixon Lake

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Nov 27, 2019

ESCONDIDO — Trout season kicked off at Dixon Lake following a 4,500-pound delivery from Mt Lassen, and while fish don’t always bite fresh out of the truck, plenty of limits were piled up on stock day. The quality rainbows continued to bite through the storm that arrived that afternoon and really dumped the next day.

NET GAIN — Jameson Williams with one of five fish he hauled in during opening week of Dixon Lake’s trout season.

Along with the luxury of trout not only biting on stock day but through substantial changes in conditions from one day to the next, this batch also circulated throughout the lake very quickly. Excellent fishing was reported in Trout Cove and Jack Creek Cove as early as stock day plus one, and those locations are on the opposite end of the lake from where they are stocked.

That’s where Corona anglers Anthony Hernandez and Jake Okola each stringered limits. That duo stacked most of their fish up between Jack Creek and Trout Cove on Gorditos Customs jigs in natural colors. They also found success in Catfish Cove, which is located toward the middle of the lake and really only reachable by boat.

Darius Rodriguez hauled in a five-fish limit that included a 5-pound kicker, a pair of 4 pounders and a 3. He was fishing with Ultralight Heavy­weights jigs in orange/white and yellow/white.

Firefighter Jimmy Williams fishing for the first time since being injured in the line of duty last year collected a quick limit for he and his son, Jameson. The Dixon regulars fished with minijigs and PowerBait off Pier 2 (near Trout Cove and Jack Creek) and had five on a stringer in under an hour (starting at 9:45 a.m.), and they returned the next day for a quick four from the same spot.

Minijigs have certainly been killing it out there, but there were other reports of success with Rapalas and even streamers (flies). The annual Trout Derby will run Dec. 6-8. Like last season, the lake will be closed to fishing Dec. 4-5 to allow the newly stocked fish (plan on more stocking to go on prior to the event) that go in for the derby to circulate.

anthonyhernandezofANTHONY HERNANDEZ OF Corona with a quality Dixon Lake rainbow that fell to a Gorditos Customs minijig.

PART OF A Dixon Lake limit put together by Corona angler Jake Okola who was fishing from a rental boat with Gorditos Customs jigs.

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