Lower Otay Lake

Location and Directions:

2270 Wueste Road
Chula Vista, CA 91915
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     Lower Otay Res. is located in San Diego County near the city of Cula Vista. From San Diego, take hwy. 805 South to Telegraph Cyn. Rd. Then go East 8 miles to Wueste Rd. Go South to the lake.


General Info:

    Lower Otay Res. consists of 1,265 surface acres at capacity and has 13 miles of shoreline set at an elevation of 490 feet. The lake is open year-round, sunrise to sunset on Wed., Sat., Sun. and holidays. Closed Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. There is a lake store for tackle and supplies. (619) 465-3474. For more information, visit the Lower Otay Res. Website.


Other lakes in the area:
Loveland Lake
Murray Lake
Barrett Lake
Chollas Lake

Boating Info:

They have a nice launch ramp available for a $5 launch fee. Rental boats are also available. Lake speed limit is 20 mph.


Fishing Info:

    This lake is best known for it's Largemouth Bass fishing. There is a good population of healthy fish here. Some big Blue, and Channel Catfish, Crappie, and Bluegill are also found here. Fees are as follows: Adults (16 & over) - $5.00; Senior/Disabled - $2.50; Youth (8-15) - $2.50; Child (7 & under) - Free. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.


Lake Records:

Largemouth Bass - 18 pounds, 12 ounces

Bluegill - 3.8 pounds (California State Record)

Crappie - 3 pounds, 6 ounces

Blue Catfish - 82.10 pounds

Channel Catfish - 38 pounds, 7 ounces



Comments and Tips:

   This can be an excellent crappie lake at times. Mini jigs fished around the boat docks can be very productive.


   If you know something about this area or have some photos that you'd like to share, please E-mail and I'll post it here!

» Photos

  • Brian "Bluehunter" Cummings with a couple of nice channel catfish caught 2/27/2010.

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