CAMPO — The springtime bass bite usually begins a tad later at San Diego’s Lake Morena due to the fishery’s higher-altitude location. With a pair of quality largemouth reported this past week, however, it would appear as though the lake is essentially on par with most of the other fisheries in San Diego County.
“The bass are beginning to move about the lake as water temperatures are beginning to rise,” said Ranger Timothy McIlhenney. “Several ‘catch-and-release’ bass were reported last week; most notably an 8 pounder and 7-pound, 12 ouncer caught by John Malzahn of El Cajon.”
In terms of trout, “April has had its highs and lows so far,” McIlhenney noted. “Weather permitting, the catches have been good.”
Jim Alley of Coronado nailed a 7-pound, 2 ouncer with a Rapala near the dam. Jessie Crewell of Bonita was in Horseshoe Cove when he fooled a 2-plus-pound ’bow with a nightcrawler. Kyle and Jack Lewis of Sabre Springs were anchored at Paradise Cove and combined their efforts to limit with 12 pounds, 4 ounces of rainbows with green PowerBait.
Catfish have also been in the mix, falling for nightcrawlers fished near shore or trolled mid-lake. Donna Baldino of Descanso fooled a 7-pound kitty while soaking a nightcrawler in Paradise Cove.
JOHN MALZAHN of El Cajon bagged this 7-pound, 12-ounce largemouth last week at Lake Morena. According to reports, the bass have become a bit livelier as of late.