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Lake Jennings fish report for Sept. 14, 2014

Hello from your Lake Jennings!
As we do our best to cope with September’s heat remember that the evening cool down and what better thing to do than fish.  The Night Fishing continues for the rest of September but the number of channel cats stocked combined with our existing population will last year round.  On top of that, historically the catfishing steps up a level in September and that’s one of the biggest reasons for the extended night fishing season.  Many of you over the past several years comment on how good the catfishing starts to get just when the season ends so here’s your opportunity to come out and get ‘em.  Lake Jennings has one more stocking for this season that will occur mid-month.  Please remember, Lanterns are required to be at the lake after dark and Night Fishing is only of Friday and Saturday’s.

The Redear and Bluegill continue to produce high numbers if you can tolerate the heat.  Fish for bit, take a break and grab a bite to eat and plenty of water and then go back out, your permit is good from open to close.  Not every place around the lake will produce high numbers and you will need to work for them but check out the information provided below for some tips.

The bass bite continues to be fair throughout the day but has had very good improvement during the evening.  Night Fishing is not just for catfish.  The lake water level will drop more over the next month and with the drop everything is on the move, bait and fish.

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.  The next Long Term (minimum 30 days) reservations start in October so make plans soon because we will sell out for the next 6 months.

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

Best Panfish Spots: The beginning of Half Moon Cove produced high numbers of the weekend.  Second would be the Fishing Float.  Two complete opposites of the lake, everything is on the move right now.
Best Panfish Lures/Bait: Mealworms and Wax Worms.

Best Catfish Spots: Ball the coves with shade along the shoreline.  Again, everything is on the move right now.
Best Catfish Bait:  Mackerel, Chicken Liver, or Dough Bait

The “Catch of the Week” goes out to:

Siesta Cove: Robert Molebash and Troy Gross, these two were fishing in the cove when they landed a very nice 9-pound catfish using chicken liver.  Not sure which one actually did the catching but they both had a good time.

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 have changed….Please make note!!

Trout stocking schedule coming soon….

If you’re interested in having 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