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Lake Jennings fish report for August 31, 2014

Hello from your Lake Jennings!
Catfish this Labor Day weekend started off very strong and continued through the weekend with several limits caught.  Lake Jennings stocked 2,000 pounds last week and we still have more to come this September.  Typically, the bite gets better just as we end the night fishing season but you now have the opportunity to continue fishing at night for a month longer, end of September.  Lanterns required visiting the lake after dark.

The Redear and Bluegill continue to bite since they may be the only ones enjoying the high water temps.  Please note the temperature listed over the past month was inaccurate and the water is much warmer, see the correct listing below.

The bass bite continues to be fair to good with several boils spotted in the early morning so try shallow diving jerk baits.  Throughout the rest of the day, anglers have been targeting the shoreline throwing a variety of plastics.    

The bait of choice for most species has been the European Nightcrawlers which we started to sell a month ago and we can’t keep them on the shelf.  They are 20 to the pack so you certainly get a lot more worms for your buck and they seem to be the ideal size.

Remember the lake water level has been dropping so everything is on the move.  Also, keep on the lookout for the announcement of the change to the upcoming trout season.  Hopefully you will be as excited as we are.

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.

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:

Bird Trees: Group effort goes out to the Martin’s (Grace, Brian, Daniel) and Chris Flor, all from El Cajon.  This group of teens along with dad caught 15 catfish with a total weight just shy of 60 pounds using mackerel.

Hermit Cove: Shane Evans and Samuel Adams of San Diego had stringers full of catfish with a total weight of 35.5 pounds using European Nightcrawlers and regular Nightcrawlers.

Please stop by the Bait & Tackle Shop on your way out or flag down a Ranger as they pass by and share your fish report.  We always look forward to hearing from you.

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!  Lake Hours of Operation will change starting next Friday, September 5th, 2014.

If you would like to organize 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:  79-80 degrees

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