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Dixon Lake will be chock full of trout for upcoming derby

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 30, 2018

ESCONDIDO — Dixon Lake’s annual trout derby will be held Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, and 6,000 pounds of stocking happen prior to the popular event, and that’s in addition to the holdovers from the huge delivery that went in to kick off the season.

The event runs from 6 a.m. to 5p.m. for the Friday and Saturday, 6 to 4 on Sunday, and prizes will be awarded for tagged fish as well as the largest trout caught each day. All qualifying fish must be registered near the Ranger Station to count, and there are many ways to come up on prizes with youth and adult categories. Prizes include gift certificates for sporting goods retailers and a variety of fishing-based items.


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X FACTOR – Xavier Gonzalez and his dad topped off this trout, bluegill and catfish mixed bag with an 11.2-pound whiskerfish kicker.


Children 7 and under can fish in the Kid Pond located near Pier 2, and parking will be $5 per vehicle for the duration of the event. No fishing license is required at Dixon Lake, but anglers do need to pick up a daily fishing permit from the concession.


Dixon’s trout season started with a 4,500-pound trout plant on Nov. 14 followed by another 1,500 pounds on Nov. 19. A Red Flag Warning closed all lake activities on that first stock day, so those fish went in with zero angler pressure were able to circulate throughout the lake. In fact, limits were piled up in Trout Cove – which is on the polar opposite end of the lake from the stocking location – less than 24 hours after that first plant.


In the days that followed, good numbers of Calaveras rainbows were put up in Trout Cove, neighboring Jack Creek Cove and the nearby pier, Boat Dock Cove and for boaters, the Buoy Line. The bite has tapered off a little, but recent reports sent to WON included one showing easy pickin’s for a group of young anglers throwing Sierra Slammers jigs in the grasshopper pattern. Boat Dock Cove appears to be the most consistent area for shore anglers of late, and it will be a prime spot during the Derby due to its central location, Fishing Pier and roomy shoreline.


Overall, green or yellow PowerBait, Mice Tails and trout worms have all been producing, and fish are biting right through mid day. Top trout as of this report was a 5.75 pounder that ate green PowerBait for Anthony Najera in Jack Creek Cove, and Teng Vang landed a 5.25-pound model on a white Power Worm in Trout Cove.


Catfish haven’t been stocked since August, but there are still some biting. Limits are rare, but it seems like these holdovers are almost always a quality fish. Young Xavier Gonzalez and his dad put together an impressive mixed bag including a pair of big cats including an 11.2 pounder, a limit of trout and a couple slab bluegill. They were fishing the Buoy Line.


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