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Lake Jennings fish report for Jan. 21, 2015

Hello from your Lake Jennings!
Lake Jennings will be open Monday, February 16th to observe President’s Day.  Make your reservations soon for the campground since it will fill up.  This past weekend we had lots of “Trophy Trout” caught along with some limits, though most trout anglers caught two’s and three’s.  The next trout stocking will take place the week of January 28th with 1,000 pounds of Sierra Bow trout.  This past weekend produced several variety bags of trout, bass and redear.  For those bass anglers, make note that there are already signs of an early pre-spawn.  Don’t jump the gun, but I suggest you get your gear finely tuned.  This could be the year of a record breaker.  Over the weekend there were several bass anglers with limits accompanied by tons of action.

A friendly reminder about the New Year, a 2015 California State Fishing License is required to fish at Lake Jennings for all anglers age 16 and above.  We don’t sell the license so please purchase one before you come out, and once here you will need to purchase the daily fishing permit.  State fishing licenses can be purchased at your local bait and tackle shop, Wal-Mart, or online at

For those fishing trout don’t forget to bring your catch by the Bait & Tackle shop to be verified and to be entered into the monthly giveaway for the “Largest Trout” of the month.  If you have a “Tagged Trout” it must be recorded in order to redeem your prize.  Blue tags get you two fishing passes for Lake Jennings and all other colors are for Turner’s Outdoorsman.  Turner’s tags are numbered and can be matched to the prize at the Bait & Tackle shop.  Once verified and recorded, you simply visit the new Turner’s Outdoorsman in El Cajon to redeem your prize.  Prizes for the monthly giveaways are picked up at the Lake Jennings Bait & Tackle shop on Friday, Saturday or Sunday during normal lake hours of operation.  You could be the first winner for the New Year.

Fishing is allowed during the week when the lake is closed by visiting the campground kiosk between the hours of 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.  Purchase your permit to fish and be sure to record your trout at the kiosk so you can be entered into the monthly giveaway.

The Lake Jennings Campground has availability for the upcoming months so grab your camping and fishing gear and get an early start each morning.  Plus, every Saturday there’s Arts & Crafts, S’mores, a campfire and storytelling for all registered campers and their friends.  This weekend was a full house and thank you to all those who participated.

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If you have any questions or for more information check out the link below or call at 619.390.1623 and we would be happy to assist.

Best Trout Spots:  Cactus Patch, Half Moon Cove, Sentry Point
Best Trout Lures/Bait:  Nightcrawlers, PowerBait, PowerWorms and Mini Jigs

Best Bass Spots:  Around 40 – 50 feet in depth
Best Bass Lures/Bait:  Swimbaits, Drop-shot

Best Catfish Spots:  Deeper waters
Best Catfish Bait:  Mackerel, Chicken Liver, or Dough Bait

Best Panfish Spots:  Entrance to the coves
Best Panfish Lures/Bait:  Mealworms and Nightcrawlers

The “Catch of the Week” goes out to:
Joquin Batista of San Diego caught a limit of bass with the largest at 5 pounds and a total weigh in of 17 pounds 4 ounces.  Joquin was fishing the T-Dock/Fishing Float using crawdads.

Luu Nguyen of Santee caught two nice trout weighing in at 3 pounds 5 ounces and 2 pounds 6 ounces.  Luu was fishing Eagle Cove using Roostertails.

Fred Richter III of La Mesa caught a “Trophy Trout” weighing 8 pounds 12 ounces.  Fred was fishing Hermit Cove #1 using a white and orange Mini Jig with a tail.  Both white and orange have been hot colors lately for “Trophies”.

Kevin Bridge of El Cajon caught two “Trophies” weighing in at 8 pounds 12 ounces and 7 pounds 12 ounces.  Kevin was fishing Sentry Point using a shad color Mini Jig with a natural color tail.

David Lucero of Santee caught 4 trout with the largest at 8 pounds 10 ounces and a total weigh in of 15 pounds.  David was fishing Eagle Point using a Rapala.

Gerritt Wallace of El Cajon caught a “Trophy Trout” weighing in at 8 pounds 8 ounces.  Gerritt was fishing Hermit Cove using a PowerWorm.  Color unknown.

Please stop by the Bait & Tackle Shop for a photo and report on YOUR catch.  We always look forward to hearing from you.

What’s New:
Lake Jennings will be open on Monday, February 16th in observance of President’s Day.“Tagged Trout” will go on until the end of the trout season and all tags must be verified at the Bait & Tackle shop.

Enter the monthly giveaway for the “Largest Trout” caught each month.  Weigh-ins must be verified at the Bait & Tackle Shop and if you’re fishing during the week you can be verified at the campground kiosk.

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:  60.8 degrees

Note New Hours:            

Trout Stocking 2015


Trout Type


Total for Season

January 14

Nebraska Tailwalkers



January 28

Sierra Bows



February 4

Sierra Bows



February 18

Nebraska Tailwalkers



March 4

Sierra Bows



March 18

Sierra Bows



March 25

Nebraska Tailwalkers



April 1

Sierra Bows



April 15

Nebraska Tailwalkers



April 22

Sierra Bows



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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.        

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