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Trout Season Reopener gives Santee Lakes bite welcomed shot in the arm

BY BLAKE WARREN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jan 17, 2019

SANTEE — The second week of January rang in the kickoff to the second leg of the trout season with Santee Lakes' annual Trout Season Reopener this past weekend, which saw a 2,000-pound delivery of rainbows that was split between Lakes 3 and 4 help rejuvenate a trout bite that had been tapering off some prior to the late-week stocking. The plant was a welcomed one for area trouters, who put together increased numbers of limits through the weekend along with a few bomber rainbows finding their way onto stringers.


goodtrouting2GOOD TROUTING WAS had through the weekend at the Santee Lakes Trout Season Reopener after a 2,000-pound stock late last week. Here are a couple of the larger specimens: the top reported rainbow at 11.15 pounds that ate chartreuse PowerBait in Lake 4 for Lemon Grove angler Dwayne Brayden, left, and one of the bigger minijig fish of the weekend at 7.12 pounds for Jason Boice of El Cajon, with that trout also coming out of Lake 4.

The trout delivery included a good number of quality fish — with a few into the double digits — with one such model highlighting the weekend's catches at 11.15 pounds, a torpedo of a trout that ate a gob of chartreuse PowerBait for Dwayne Brayden of Lemon Grove in Lake 4. A couple other big ’bows in the 4- to 7-pound range were checked in as well, while Lake 3 perhaps had the slight edge in kicking out the better numbers overall.

Lake regular Michael Wolfe and buddy Bryan Edwards hit Lake 3 early Saturday morning to capitalize on the healthy stocking and found good fishing in compiling their limits.

“It was good for us but it was mostly ‘bait-and-wait’ type fishing,” Wolfe said. “It was really murky water, so the key was having a lot of garlic scent on. Long bombing casts to the aerators was the ticket for us, but we did also get a few fish on drop-shotted orange and white Power Worms.”

Park and Recreation Co­ordinator Richard Imbimbo also reported solid and steady action through the weekend, noting the most productive spots for anglers as the southeast corner of Lake 3 and the west banks of Lake 4.

As Wolfe noted, dough baits had the edge in overall bites over the weekend, with chartreuse, peach and rainbow PowerBait leading the way. Mice Tails in various colors were also getting a fair share of attention, while on the artificial front it was the drop-shotted Power Worms and minijigs in grasshopper or white colors doing the trick for anglers going that route.

With trout being the hot commodity at Santee in recent days, few anglers are targeting bass at the moment. Imbimbo said that the few who are getting after the largemouth are doing best with drop-shotted and Texas-rigged Roboworms in darker colors along with wacky-rigged Senkos.

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