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Lake Jennings fish report for August 17, 2014

Hello from your Lake Jennings!
Catfish were biting day and night this weekend. With the water level continuing to drop, the cats are on the move.
The catch of the week goes to Danielle Arneson, who landed two Cats for a total of 18 pounds.

The Redears and Bluegill are biting. The T-dock, Half Moon Cove, Siesta Cove and Cloister Cove have been the go to spots. Our new European Night Crawlers are the bait of choice for those targeting pan fish.

The Bass bite continues to be fair to good. Anglers have been targeting the shoreline throwing drop shot and pitching kreature baits towards structure. Bass have also been going after shallow diving jerk baits.   

On Saturday August 16, The VOA Hawley House came out to do some fishing. Ranger Tom Jurancich provided the veterans with an in-depth tutorial on the best methods for catching catfish. After the tutorial the veterans were eager to test out their new found knowledge. Even though the cats did not cooperate, the veterans enjoyed a day soaking in the beauty of the lake.

Lake Jennings will stock 2,000 pounds of Channel Catfish on August 25 for Labor Day weekend.

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 than come out during the week from Sunday through Thursday.  Remember, if you haven’t made your plans for Labor Day weekend than you need to reserve soon because it will sell out.

Best Bass Spots: All along the banks
Best Bass Lures/Bait: Kreature Baits, Drop-shot, and Jerk Baits

Best Panfish Spots: The back of the coves and around the Fishing Float
Best Panfish Lures/Bait: Mealworms, Wax Worms, Redworms and European Nightcrawlers

Best Catfish Spots: Bird Trees and any of the Coves
Best Catfish Bait:  Mackerel, Chicken Liver, or Dough Bait

The “Catch of the Week” goes out to: Fishing Float (T-Dock): Danielle Arneson of Imperial Beach caught 4 Catfish anchored near the T-dock using Mackerel. Danielle caught a total of four Catfish, with one weighing 10 pounds and another weighing 8 pounds.   

Siesta Cove: Brandon Xyasana of San Diego caught a 2 pound Bluegill. Brandon was fly-lining a European Nightcrawler in Siesta Cove.

Please stop by the Bait & Tackle Shop on your way out or flag down a Ranger as they pass by and share your “Catch of the day”.

What’s New:
Lake Jennings is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and stays open late on Friday and Saturday for Night Fishing which will continue throughout September with the 27th being your last chance for this season so don’t miss out!

If you would like to have a fishing tournament at Lake Jennings email or call Ranger Dave at or 619.390.1623.  Lake Jennings also has venue options for special events, company parties or reunions.  Check out the Venue Rental options at or call 619.390.1623.

Water Temperature:  75 degrees at 10’.

Note New Lake Hours:

CLOSE AT 12:00 AM (Midnight)


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Fishing University
Bait & Tackle Shop every Saturday at 10 a.m.
For more info: Ranger Dave Acevedo (619) 962-8394

Shore fishing at the campground
Fishing is available during Campground hours Monday through Thursday by purchasing your Fishing Permit at the Check-In Station. Access is limited to shore fishing below the campground.

Lake Jennings Campground has WiFi at every campsite.

Lake Jennings Campground is open year round. Make your reservation.

Catfish Stocking Schedule

                     Delivery Week of                                                 # of Pounds

May 19 (Start of the season)


June 9


June 30


July 21


August 11


August 25 (3-Day Weekend – Labor Day


September 22 (Last stocking for the season)




For more info: Ranger Dave Acevedo (619) 390-1623.

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Lake Jennings is on Harritt Road in Lakeside, California (619) 443-2510