Lake Jennings Kid’s Day Jan. 3

Photo courtesy of Lake Jennings
Photo courtesy of Lake Jennings

Here’s Francine Thompson of Lake Jennings with an update on the San Diego-area fishery’s New Year’s events:

Hello from your Lake Jennings!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and has their resolution list ready for the New Year. Lake Jennings is closed this coming Friday, January 2 open Saturday, January 3 for Kid’s Day. Every child up to the age of 15 can fish for free this Saturday and those up to the age of 10 can catch a nice trout from the Kid’s Pond. There will be prizes for the kids along with a hot dog lunch at noon as we sort out the winners and give away some great prizes. The fishing starts at 6:00 am sharp and the Kid’s Day event will end at 2:00 pm. Lunch and weigh-ins will start at noon in Hermit Cove #1. This is going to be a great weekend of fishing for all and everyone is welcome to fish on Kid’s Day, but the focus and prizes will be for the kids. If you know someone who just needs a kick start into fishing bring them out, and the team will get them set up.

Lakeside Sagebrush and Manzanita 4-H have volunteered their services once again and Lakeside Optimist will run the Kid’s Pond. Plus, if you don’t have a rod and reel the Optimist will lend you one and do all they can to ensure a catch. Not only will the Lakeside Optimist lend them some gear for the Kid’s Pond, but they have provided rod and

reel combos for prize giveaways Kid’s Day. A thank you also goes out to Barnacle Bill’s, East County Bait & Tackle, Lakeside Bait & Tackle, and Turner’s Outdoorsman for their continued support and the great prizes they all provided for Kid’s Day. Find out which shop is in your neighborhood and check out the great fishing gear they carry.

Thank you all for helping to teach kids the benefit of fishing and the great outdoors. Every kid should have a smile on their face, and I look forward to seeing you all here this Saturday.

The bass bite has been awesome even though I’m not seeing anything in the 2 digits but there are still quite a few being caught around 30-40 feet.

Panfish have also been hitting great, especially towards the end of the day with most of them over a pound. I do see a cat here and there coming out of the lake as well.

Lake Jennings will stock twice this week totaling 3,800 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalker and Sierra Bow trout. There are and will be more tagged trout placed into the lake so if you catch one with a Turner’s Outdoorsman tag or a blue tag, bring the tagged trout to the Bait & Tackle shop to redeem your prize. The winner of this month “Largest Trout,” sponsored by Turner’s Outdoorsman will also be decided this week and announced in next weeks “Fishermen’s News.” The “Largest Trout” caught each month is sponsored by your local Turner’s Outdoorsman and for this month of December the prize is a very nice Daiwa Trout Rod and Reel combo with fresh Izorline. If you are in El Cajon be sure to check out the new Turner’s Outdoorsman and let them know how much we appreciate their support.

The “Largest Trout” each month will go on every month through April. Drop by the Bait & Tackle shop here at Lake Jennings for more details.

The Lake Jennings Campground has availability for the upcoming months so pack up, come on out and get an early start to fishing. It doesn’t get any better than staying outdoors and fishing, and the campground has some really nice

sites to choose from. Plus, every Saturday afternoon there is Arts & Crafts and every Saturday evening S’mores with storytelling and a campfire for all registered campers and their friends.

Check out the Trout Stocking Schedule online with the Fishermen’s News or sign up to receive the weekly

“Fishermen’s News” by email. This is a great way to stay up to date on what’s working and what’s not; we want youto catch fish! For more updates and/or to post comments, visit and “Like Us” on Facebook or go to and search “Lake Jennings Recreation.” You can also visit the Lake Jennings website and/or check out the Lake Jennings Bulletins at the Lake and Campground.

If you have any questions or for more information check out the links below or call at 619.390.1623 and we would be happy to assist.