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Lake Wohlford set to change to fall hours

August 27, 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 1,000 pounds of channel catfish on July 31. The next plant will be trout in December. The water temperature is 82.76 degrees Fahrenheit at the surface. The water level is low and private water craft are currently banned.

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.

The lake will be closed on weekdays beginning Sept. 2 and remain open for weekends only throughout the fall.

Catfish are being caught all over the lake, but particularly on either end. Lake Wohlford cats respond well to cut mackerel or chicken liver. Drop by the ranger station for a dough-bait recipe that works well on both catfish and carp.

Crappie are being caught mostly in the early morning hours. Crappie prefer the cover of rocks or submerged willows and are most often caught using finger jigs or live golden shiners.

Largemouth bass can be found lurking around structures. Shad raps, crawdads, and dark colored plastics are some of the most productive baits for catching bass.

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 winners for July were Jeff Hodges with a five pound bass, Paul Eddo with a 2.25 pound catfish, and Wendell Jackson with a 1.35 pound crappie. Leading the way for August are Paul Eddo with a 4.2 pound catfish and Wendell Jackson with a 1.25 pound crappie.

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