COMEBACK LAKE is...?

We know some under-performers already in 2012 (notably Diamond Valley Lake). And a few that have not got the same boat traffic due to the popularity of other local waters (Perris, or Silverwood). There’s even a lake that might get future consideration after its bass stocking next week (Elsinore).

But this year is there a clear “Comeback Lake” that is kicking out fish and suddenly drawing angler attention?

If the numbers are any indication, it has to be Lake Hodges near Escondidio. Talking with a concession monitor this past week, he was raving. “Have you been to Lake Hodges? The parking lot is jammed this year!”

The fishermen have been cautious, of course. While OC guide Rusty Brown hit the lake hard and often last fall, for much of the summer, Hodges could barely kick out 20 bass a week and anglers were staying away in droves. Then opening day this year didn’t see enough boats to draw a line at the gate–though Brown did score an 8-pounder and several others found success.

But spring, and especially March has shown a vast improvement over last year, with somewhat lower water providing more quality access to the banks. While the catch totals are not the huge numbers of the 1980’s, those were the years when many anglers were still taking home much of their catch. Bounceback should be much more successful during an era of catch-and-release.

Look at these totals over the last three weeks. March 11, 191 permits/275 bass released; March 18, 131 permits, 270 bass released; and March 25 (each of these reports for three days the lake was open) 308 permits/384 bass released.

I’d say, Hodges is your Comeback Lake of the Year winner.

 




6 Responses to “‘Comeback Lake of the Year’ goes to…”


100% agreed. hodges is off the hook this year

by Kevin Linehan

Fished there last Saturday and watched a bow fisherman shoot/kill a 8-9lber and toss it in his boat. Talk about sick!

by George Kramer

Well, it’s in San Diego County. They have a long history of ignoring the rules down there…

by George Kramer

BTW: You can add this week’s report as well as posted by the city: 35 permits checked had 170 bass, 165 released. Not bad.

GEORGE, YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN AT TOC AT HODGES THIS PASS WEEKEND IT TOOK 55LBS PLUS TO WIN AND SECOND WAS JUST A POUND OR SO BACK. THERE WERE 2 30LB BAGS WEIGHED IN. HOW YOU LIKE IT NOW? IF WE CAN ONLY CONVINCE THEM TO LEAVE THE WATER LEVEL ALONE TILL AFTER THE SPAWN. lIKE NEXT YEAR. LOL

and there are no trout in it 🙂