Lake Wohlford Fish Report

Lake Wohlford Fish Report

by Wohlford Lake Staff
(760) 839-4346

Park hours: 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.  (Open seven days a week)

Dock Closes: 7:00 p.m.

Last Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout on Weds. April 14th.

Next Plant:  750 lbs. of Channel Catfish on Fri. May 14th.

Water temperature: At surface 68.18 f., 7.87 .O. @ 15' 68.72 f., 7.70 D.O.

Water Level: Low level, private watercraft currently banned.


Permits and boat rentals are sold at the Ranger Station. Currently we are credit/debit only no cash transactions. We do not sell fishing licenses so anglers must acquire them elsewhere prior to their visit. Facial coverings are required when purchasing a fishing permit or when entering or exiting the boats or boat dock area. The lake is offering $20 all day motor boats to seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays and to active military every Saturday.

In order to protect Wohlford from invasive exotic Quagga mussels there is a ban on private watercraft 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.

The latest news here at the lake has been the dramatic increase in visibility. The normally turbid water has been unusually clear increasing the transparency three to four times what it typical. The clarity combined with the low water level are revealing some of the lakes long held secrets; normally hidden features, long forgotten relics, and a very healthy bass population.

Largemouth Bass can be caught using jerk-baits, crawdads, or dark colored plastics.

Catfish are found throughout the lake but are most active at the west buoy line. Lake Wohlford cats prefer cut mackerel or chicken liver.

Black Crappie are being caught mostly from boats. Crappie prefer the cover of shade and go after live golden shiners or mini-jigs.

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