The Catfish Were Biting This Week

This one weighed in at a whopping 65 pounds! Samuel was using 20 lb. test and fishing about 90 feet deep. Caught on Friday, 2/26. Released.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lake Jennings

The Catfish Were Biting This Week

by Lake Jennings Staff

Stocking:  The next trout stocking of 1,500 lbs. will be the week of March 8th. Only four more stockings until trout season draws to a close! To view an updated stocking schedule, click HERE.

What's the catch? Anglers fishing from boats had the best luck catching trout this weekend. Bites were reported on brightly colored powerbait and nightcrawlers. Our rangers recommend using a water bobber at our lake. Water bobbers give a more natural presentation. The bobber should be large enough to support the weight of the split shot, hook, and bait without sinking. 

Why are so many big cats biting? Compared to other fish species, catfish are active year-round. Like other fish, catfish are sensitive to water temperature and become sluggish in cooler water, but as the water warms up they become more active, which could explain why many of our big cats have been caught late in the afternoon after a sunny, warm day.

Spring Photo Contest: This year's Spring Photo Contest theme is Life at the Lake. We welcome photos of camping, fishing, vistas, and people enjoying activities at Lake Jennings. Prizes will be awarded in youth and adult categories. The deadline for photo submission is May 31st. For more information about the Spring Photo Contest, click HERE.

Friday Night Fishing is back! The curfew has been lifted and the fish are waiting for you. The lake will be open 3:00 p.m. to midnight every Friday night. Take advantage of that sunset bite or try to tempt one of our big cats! Full sized lanterns required after 5:00 p.m. The lake gate will close at 10:00 p.m.

Fishing Line Recycling: Your fishing line is made of strong flexible plastic called monofilament. Monofilament is not biodegradable and animals can ingest it or become entangled. Additionally boats can drive over it, causing damage to engines. We have two monofilament recycling stations at Lake Jennings located at the t-dock. You can help keep monofilament out of the environment by recycling your fishing line. Reel in and recycle!

Conditions: The current water temperature is 58 degrees. Water transparency is 51 feet. For a complete weather report in Lakeside this weekend, click HERE.

Campground News: The campground is open for new reservations! Tent campers are welcome too. Did you know that there is a 15% discount for stays of 7 consecutive nights? Book your lake view site by visiting our reservations page.

We love receiving pictures from our fishermen and campers! If you have a picture to share, please send it to and we may feature it in our newsletter or social media pages.

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