Friday, November 27, 2015 • 09:17

Plenty of catfish to be caught at Lake Wohlford

July 09, 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 was 3,000 pounds of channel catfish on July 3. The next plant will be 1,000 pounds of channel catfish on July 31. The water temperature is 80.24 degree 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.

The first catfish plant took place Thursday afternoon and by Friday morning they were knocking them dead. The large crowd present for derby day were in for a treat. The west buoy line and Crappie Rock are both hot spots, but catfish can be caught throughout. Lake Wohlford cats respond well to cut mackerel or chicken liver

The crappie fishing is experiencing resurgence with good-sized fish being caught in Oakvale and the vicinity of Crappie Rock. Crappie prefer the cover of rocks or submerged willows and are most often caught using finger jigs or live golden shiners.

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 current fish photos, visit the website at

The whopper contest winner for June were Johnson Year with a 8.8 pound bass, Johnson Year with a 17 pound catfish, and Lamont Marshall with a 1.2 pound crappie.

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