Lake Jennings’ Trout Season Approaching

This 9-pound catfish was caught on chicken livers in Siesta Cove by Robert Molebash and Troy Gross. (LAKE JENNINGS)
This 9-pound catfish was caught on chicken livers in Siesta Cove by Robert Molebash and Troy Gross. (LAKE JENNINGS)




Lake Jennings‘ usual hot summer is now transitioning to far more cooler conditions as we creep slowly toward October. So its scenic setting in Lakeside, northeast of San Diego, is preparing for its Nov. 10 opener. Until then, there are a lot of catfish being stocked and pulled out of the lake, as Francine Thompson from the Helix Water District explains in her report:

Dust off your trout gear and get ready for the upcoming season!Plenty of catfish are still available even though everyone did a great job this season in making a dent in the 10,000 pounds of channel catfish that were put in the lake. We had reports of lots of double digit cats this season.

The channel catfish can be targeted year-round. The blue catfish are active during the spring time for spawning and then the fall, looking for a good meal.
Though the night fishing season is over along with the stocking of catfish, the number of cats stocked combined with our existing population will last year round.
The redear and bluegill continue to produce high numbers if you can tolerate the heat. Fish for a bit, take a break
and grab a bite to eat and plenty of water, and then go back out. Your permit is good from open to close. Not every place around the lake will produce high numbers, and you will need to work for them, but check out the information provided below for some tips.
The bass bite continues to be fair throughout the day but has had very good improvement during the evening. Night fishing is not just for catfish. The lake water level will drop more over the next month and with the drop everything is on the move, bait and fish.
Keep on the lookout for the announcement of the change to the upcoming trout season. Hopefully you will be as
excited as we are!!
The first trout stocking will take place the week of November 10th and will include our largest stocking yet to start a season, 4,000 pounds of Sierra ‘bows and new this year, Nebraska Tailwalker,  with fish in the 2- to 12-pound size.
Lake Jennings Campground continues to draw in campers from all over and if you haven’t made your reservation yet don’t wait any longer. If you like to have your camping experience a bit less occupied then come out during the week from Sunday through Thursday. The next Long Term (minimum 30 days) reservations start in October so make plans soon because we will sell out for the next six months.
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