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The Fishing Line July 15, 2004



Lake Wohlford Report

Lake Wohlford Report

by Ranger Dave Costa


Catfish action is still very good, hitting on chicken liver and cut mackerel.  The best Catfish area has been the very shallow weed beds at the East end of Lake Wohlford.  Boaters need to row into those shallows in order to prevent prop damage and motor problems.


Our next Channel Catfish plant (2000 lbs) will be 07-21-04      Crappie have picked up around the Rocks, hitting on Shiners.


Scott Osborn of Escondido, caught a stringer of Crappie on Shiners at the Rock Pile on the South Shore. Total weight 20#4 and his largest Crappie was 2#6.


Bass of the week goes to Ray Howell of Valley Center who caught and released a 7#10 Bass on a Poe Lure at the Oakvale Cove. Other notable catches are Don Hitchcock, Escondido, 7#5 Bass on a Nightcrawler. at Willow Cove, Released; Jim Martin, Spring Valley 6#8 on a Brown Plastic Worm at Oakvale Cove, Released; and Carl Davenport, Oceanside, 5#12 Bass, on crank Bait, at the West Bouy Line. Released.


Lake Wohlford will remain open 7 days a week through September 12, 2004.  So come on out to Lake Wohlford for your recreational needs and bring the family! 


The Surf Fishing Report


Anglers willing to confront a lot of drifting seaweed can expect to catch croaker and corbina at North County beaches along with an occasional halibut.  The halibut are being taken on artificials, especially plastic swimbaits and involve a lot of casting and moving around.  The most recent big one, caught on plastic, weighed a bit over 17 pounds and was taken by Mark Born of San Marcos while fishing at South Carlsbad.  Leopard sharks are also a good bet right now, especially after dark, but they require a longer throw to reach them them.  Using squid for sharks is a good idea because it works and stays on the hook when distance-casting.  Joe Kochanowski of Vista leads the pack in Pacific Coast Bait & Tackle's July corbina derby with a 4 pound, 9 ounce fish he nailed near the end of Oceanside Boulevard.



Hugh Cobb - Pacific Coast Bait & Tackle, Oceanside


The Fishing Report from Dixon Lake did not arrive in time for this week’s issue.  Call 741.3328 for information from the Dixon Lake Ranger Station about fishing conditions and campsites.