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Updated February 14, 2024

DIXON LAKE – Rans led to some unusually muddy water here. This can hurt the trout fishing, but the bass and catfish actually respond well to these conditions. The catfish will congregate in the back of Jack Creek Cove where the inlet brings in the runoff. The bass actually move shallow and hit baits they would usually avoid since they’re used to such clear water. Loud, bright crankbaits and spinnerbaits will get a few fish during these conditions. The lake was stocked with trout again this week, but the bite was reported as slow to fair due to the runoff. Hours are from 6am to 630pm, 7 days a week.

DIAMOND VALLEY LAKE – Trout were planted on February 6. Two thousand pounds of rainbows and fifteen hundred pounds of lightning trout went in, leading to good shore fishing for those who braved the rain. Minijigs, as always, were the best option, but PowerBait was a close second. The other news is that the swimbait bite for both largemouth and stripers is starting to show signs of life. The big striper from two weeks ago seems to have started it, and a double digit largemouth hit the scales this this past week. That fish was also taken on a swimbait. Still, most of the fish are smaller ones in the 8 to 12inch range. With water temps hovering steady in the fifty-five-degree range, it’s only a matter of time before the prespawn fish start showing themselves. The lake is offering 30% off deluxe pontoon rentals, as well as half off parking and launching fees Wednesday through Friday until October 1. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

EL CAPITAN RESERVOIR – There are already shallow fish here, with anglers reporting a decent bite anywhere from the bank out to 50 feet. Jigs, Texas rigged plastics, and the occasional jerkbait fish are signaling a potentially early spawn at this lake. The water muddied up from the storms, but the fact that there are already fish up shallow shows that the spawn is not far away. The next full moon should bring even more action in the shallow water.

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