Location and Directions:
Lake Hodges is located near San Diego off of Int. 15. From San Diego take I-15 North and exit Via Rancho Parkway East to the lake
Lake Hodges consists of 1,234 surface acres at capacity and has 12 miles of shoreline set at an elevation of 330 feet. Entrance fees are $8 for adults and $2.50 for youths 8-15. The lake is open February through October for day use only - no camping is allowed. The nearest Camping is located at Dixon Lake There are numerous picnic tables and barbeques available and many hiking trails that cover the surrounding territory. There is a lake store for tackle and supplies. (760) 432-2023 For more information visit the Lake Hodges Website
Other lakes in the area:
El Capitan Lake
San Vicente Lake
They have a nice launch ramp and rental boats are available. Launch fee is $7. Float-tubing is permitted. Use of float tubes is restricted to within 150 feet or less from shore. Float tubers must wear chest waders and have a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device readily available at all times, and have 144 square inches of international orange visible at least 12 inches above the water line. They must also possess a horn or whistle to warn approaching craft. Any float tube that uses oars or has a motor must purchase a private boat use permit for $5.00.
There are Florida-strain largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, bullhead and carp in here. Minimum size limit for bass is 15 inches. Fish limits are five bass, five catfish and 25 crappie, with no limit on bluegill, bullheads or carp. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.
Comments and Tips:
This lake is best known for it's Largemouth Bass fishing. Each year a number of big fish are pulled from here, many in the 2-digit range. The lake record is 20 pounds 5 ounces taken in May, 1985. Like most So. California lakes, it receives heavy fishing pressure and hooking a 10+ pound bass here requires lots of skill and luck. Some big Catfish and Crappie are also found here. The whiskerfish are usually taken in the flats on the east end of the lake.
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