Southern CA Freshwater

Catfish galore this weekend with Santee Lakes' 'Stockzilla'

BY BLAKE WARREN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 29, 2016

Massive cat plant expected to produce good early-fall action

SANTEE — After much anticipation, San Diego-area catfish hunters will have their day(s) this coming weekend with the Stockzilla event at Santee Lakes, Oct. 1-2. A huge stocking of 3,500 pounds, the largest cat plant in the history of Santee, will be dispersed among all seven lakes, which should only serve to keep the solid catfish bite going into the fall season for weeks to come.

Lakes 6 and 7, which are reserved for campers only, will get a bulk share of the stock, with 1,400 pounds of cats spilling into those two lakes alone. The rest of the load will be evenly spread throughout Lakes 1 through 5. Tagged fish worth prizes will go into Lakes 2 through 7. Breakfast and food trucks will be on the docket Saturday and Sunday, and a “Fishing 101” seminar will be held for novice anglers and youngsters from 8 to 9 a.m. Permits for the event are available at the Santee Lakes Park Office.

A few moderately sized 1,000-pound catfish plants have gone into the lakes in recent weeks — the latest being on Sept. 23 — which should only make for more targets come the weekend. The catfish bit well once again last week with more steady limits coming out and cut mackerel continues to be the bait of choice at Santee.

Bass fishing is somewhat up and down at Santee, but when the largemouth have been active it’s been a pretty solid bite for anglers throwing small spinnerbaits and underspins armed with various trailers, along with small Flukes, tube baits, drop-shot plastics and small grubs.

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