NEW DOCK MOORINGS have already been poured, here and even higher up the bank, as shown by Ranger Jim Dayberry.

In SoCal, most of the attention has been to the reopening of San Vicente Lake in Lakeside. One article had it opening in November of 2015, but the last three news releases from the City of San Diego say: “There is NO projected opening date at this time!”

Still, we know it’s coming.

But in Escondido, the earthquake-threatened dam at Lake Wohlford is also due for a new structure–perhaps as soon as 2017. Here it will allow the lake level to rise where nobody has seen it for a decade or more–it’s original capacity, some 20 to 25 feet higher than it is presently.

While replacing the old one with a new, seismically sound, concrete dam, it’s not a perfect situation all around. The city’s hands are tied by construction costs and with issues such as trying to purchase land about that a greater capacity reservoir would entail.

Similarly, while they would like to dredge some of the 100 years of sediment that has accumulated, Ranger Jim Dayberry asks, “Where would we put it?”

And he’s right, environmentally, it would be awkward trying to put the silt back up the canal leading through reservation land and perhaps all the way to Lake Henshaw.


IMAGINE all the outcroppings (including “Murphy’s Rock”) being submerged again as the new Wohlford dam is completed.

A bigger issue for bass fishermen is, even though the lake has ample launching facilities at the anticipated higher lake levels, it does not have quagga mussels–and the city wants to keep it that way. For years they have banned private boats, and that will continue to be the case when the new dam is complete.

But Wohlford’s amazing rocky terrain (enhanced by massive, manmade boulder structures that have yet to see water) has always produced big bass (the lake record is over 19 pounds) and regular trout planting helps sustain that growth.

Unsung, it will provide another option for bass anglers.