Wednesday, November 25, 2015 • 02:25

Final trout plant of season at Lake Wohlford

A view of Lake Wohlford.
April 30, 2014
The 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 last plant put 1,500 pounds of rainbow trout into the lake on April 9 and another 1,500 pounds will be coming on April 23. Currently, the water levels are 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.

A Whopper Contest Winner displays his trophy catch.
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.

The final trout plant of the season took place on Wednesday and consisted of larger fish than the previous stocks. Warming water temperatures are driving the trout westward, toward deeper water. The south shore has also been productive for the same reason. Powerbait and inflated nightcrawlers have been the best baits.

The bass fishing has been improving due to an abundance of shad. Justin Kennedy of Valley Center caught and released a 6.80 pounds bass Wednesday on a plastic worm on Senior Shoreline. Bass can be found near structure, and respond best to crawdads, shad raps, or dark colored plastics.

Small numbers of crappie are being caught with regularity in the early morning hours before the sun comes up. Overcast days are best as the shad linger longer under the cloud cover. Crappie are most often caught using mini-jigs or live golden shiners.

Plenty of small catfish are being reported throughout the lake. Lake Wohlford cats prefer chicken liver or cut mackerel. Stop by the ranger station for a dough-bait recipe that works wonders with 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 winner for march were: Daniel Rossetter with a 2.55 pound crappie, Victor Ortiz with a 6.45 pound trout, Hayden Heck with a 6.60 pound bass, and Wendell Jackson with a 7.90 pound catfish.

The whopper contest leaders for April are: Rudy Renteria with a 2.40 pound crappie, Justin Kennedy with a 6.80 pound bass, Melanie Hartley with a 6.15 pound trout, and David Lopez with a 4.55 pound catfish.

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