Lake Wohlford preparing for catfish derby
June 18, 2014The local Lake Wohlford is open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day of the week. The dock closes at 7 p.m.
The next plant will be catfish in July. The water temperature is currently 73.2 degrees Fahrenheit at the surface. The water level is low.
To protect Wohlford from invasive exotic Quagga mussels, there is still a ban on private water craft and equipment that could have been exposed to mussels. Restricted equipment includes private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors, and other equipment that contacts the water.
Lake Wohlford is offering $20 all day motorboats to seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays and to active military on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Half day bass boats are available weekdays for $35 each.
Largemouth bass can be found near structures and respond best to crawdads, shad raps, or dark colored plastics.
The catfish derby is only three weeks away. The derby is scheduled to take place July 5 from 6 a.m. until midnight. Prizes for the largest catfish caught, in various categories, will be awarded, and the lake will host a charity breakfast and lunch benefiting United States Navy Sea Cadet Corps. The fifth of July also happens to be free fishing day, so permits only, no licenses are required for this event. Lake Wohlford cats prefer chicken liver or cut mackerel. Stop by the ranger station for a dough-bait recipe that works well for both catfish and carp.
Each month Whopper Contest winners in four categories are awarded a free fishing and boating permit. For information on the contest or fishing conditions, please contact the Ranger Station at (760) 839-4346.
To view our current fish photos, visit the website at:
Whopper contest winners for May were: David Lopez with a 1.5 pound crappie, Wayne Ring with a 3.2 pound trout, Jeff Hodges with a 6.75 pound bass, and David Le with a 4.3 pound catfish.
Whopper contest leaders for June are: Johnson Year with an 8.8 pound bass and Johnson Year with a 17 pound catfish.