Southern CA Freshwater

Julian: Grab the garlic for Cuyamaca rainbows

BY BLAKE WARREN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 06, 2019

JULIAN — The strong and steady trout bite that had been running its course through the majority of October tapered off a bit this past week at Lake Cuyamaca, but there are still a fair share of limits coming out of the East San Diego watershed. With recent night temperatures dipping into the 30s bringing water temps down a few ticks with them, the difference for many anglers in either finding just a bite or two or flushing out a full compliment of rainbows has been simply bringing a little stink to the table.

garlicpowerbaitGARLIC POWERBAIT WITH a 'crawler (“The Cuyamaca Sandwich”) was the ticket for 8-year-old Zachary at Lake Cuyamaca late last week, creeling him a nice haul of rainbows with a nice 2-pound, 12-ounce lightning trout kicker as a bonus to sweeten the deal.

“Garlic seems to be a new favorite item on the menu these days for the trout,” said Supervising Ranger Butch Paddock of the current bite. “And the shoreline below the Chamber's Park tent camping area is getting a lot of the attention lately.”

Most anglers creeling their 5-fish limits in recent days are doing so with green, yellow and chartreuse garlic PowerBait in the cooling waters, with the “Cuyamaca Sandwich” (dough bait/'crawler combo) with garlic dough also doing the trick pretty well along with garlic-scented, inflated nightcrawlers. Along with a fair number of rainbows showing, there have also been a few solid lightning trout pushing 3 pounds mixing into the counts on occasion.

The panfish bite that had been hanging in there pretty well in the afternoons through much of the past month or so dropped off considerably, however, Paddock said.

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