Dixon Lake Fishing Report

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Dixon Lake Fishing Report

by Dixon Lake Staff
(760) 839-4680

Trout: The remaining trout are going to spend the majority of their time in deeper water throughout the summer. If you are fishing in the early morning hours, you may be able to catch trout in the shallow waters of Trout Cove and Boat Dock Cove. Anglers seeking trout have been having the most luck fishing near the buoy line from a boat. Night crawlers have proven to be the bait of choice in the afternoon hours. A two-pound test set up with a 12” to 18” leader is recommended. Mini jigs and Power Worms are being used for the aggressive morning bite. Power bait has been the go-to bait when it slows down. If you are using our rental boats for fishing, make sure to check out the buoy line if you find that other areas are not producing well. We do suggest to start your shoreline fishing early as access to deeper water from the shoreline is limited. While fishing from the shoreline, it is recommended to go with the set up mentioned above. The Trout catching limit is 5! "No Catch & Release of Trout."

Bass: The aquatic weeds have been growing rapidly and are producing new habitats for the bass to reside in. Largemouth bass can typically be found in shallow water and are likely to be swimming under something that provides shade such as vegetation. A drop shot rig has proven to be a successful setup for fisherman seeking bass from the shoreline. In water bodies that contain aquatic vegetation, you may find it advantageous to use slightly heavier line. Top water lures, such as frogs, tend to be successful as the weeds continue to grow. This time of year you will find more success using swimbaits and other “action” style baits. The fish tend to become more aggressive while defending their bass fry and will bite at almost anything moving. There have been reports of several double digit fish being caught near Boat Dock Cove. Just a reminder, bass must be at least 12 inches to keep with a limit of 2 at this time.

Catfish: July 3rd will be the first stock date of our 2019 Catfish season. The boat dock will stay open later several days a week for night fishing in July and August. The catfish bite has been improving as water temperatures continue to rise. The productive areas have been the South Shoreline and the Buoy line in the early morning as well as the late afternoon hours before closing. Catfish typically prefer bait with the strongest scent. Cut up mackerel is typically a good choice when fishing for Cats. Catfish have a limit of 5 at this time.

Bluegill: The bite is continuing to increase as the aquatic vegetation spreads. Mealworms and cut up night crawlers have been successful choices of bait for catching bluegill. The piers will prove to be promising locations for bluegill in the late afternoon hours as the vegetation in the water continues to develop. Bluegill are limited to 25 of any size at this time.

There is a ban on private water craft and equipment at this time. Restricted equipment includes: private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors, and any other equipment that contacts the water.

Notable recent catches:

Trout: Tony Smock 7.13lb, Nick Isabell 6.5lb (April)
Bass: Tracy Hartman 11.8lb (April)
Catfish: Jason Pizzarusso 29.2lb (January), Rufino Antonio 12 lb (June 9th)
Crappie: Martin Poe 2lb (February)

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