Have you noticed that it’s getting chilly at night? Lake Jennings is cooling down, too, which means trout season is here. The season opens at 3 p.m. this Friday, November 20 and we’re stocking the lake with 2,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout to make this a weekend to remember.

Need a good reason to get away? Here’s one: fishing and camping in the great outdoors are fun ways to social distance during a pandemic. Please note, for the safety of our guests, mask wearing and social distancing is required in accordance with County of San Diego health orders.

Need another reason? Ten percent of this year’s stock will be Rainbows weighing over three pounds!

A few years ago, SDfish.com ranked Lake Jennings the #2 trout fishing lake in San Diego County and said of the lake’s seclusion and scenery that “Lake Jennings allows you to slip into the euphoria of a backcountry feeling without putting a big dent on the fuel in your vehicle.”

You can fish from shore, get out into deeper water on our fishing dock, or rent kayaks or a 16-foot skiff with an outboard motor and explore the lake. Our rental boats are on a first come, first served basis. You can launch your own boat, too.

Lake Jennings is more than just a great fishing spot. The lake is also where Helix stores imported water from the Colorado River and Northern California, and local water from Lake Cuyamaca and El Capitan Reservoir. The water is on its way to our water treatment plant and east county homes.  

We have a bait and tackle shop and we do a fishing report, so you know where the fish are biting and what they’re biting. The report this week is that people are still catching good-sized bass in Half Moon Cove and from Eagle Cove to Sentry Point on shiners and Senkos. Our rangers recommend fishing for bass near the tower buoy line about 15-20 feet down. Bluegill were caught off of the t-dock using wax worms and nightcrawlers. The Bluegill bite started to slow after 8am. The catfish were biting during night fishing this week in Hermit and Cloister Cove. Mackerel and shrimp were doing the trick.

The recommendation for the trout arriving this weekend is mini jigs, an all purpose lure that catches trout, bass, crappie, and bluegill. For Lake Jennings, a typical setup for trout is 4 lbs. test with a 1/16 oz. jig. If you have trouble casting such a light jig, attach a bobber 5-6 ft. above the jig. Popular jig colors for trout season are pink, orange, and chartreuse.

You should also consider spending the weekend at the lake. To reserve a campsite (tent or RV) go to lakejennings.org or call 619-390-1623.

About the Event

3 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Friday Hours

6 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday Hours

Fishing Permit

$10 age 16 and over
$9 age 65 and over
$9 active duty military
$5 age 16 and under
Free age 8 and under with adult permit
$2 non-fishing day use permit

State Fishing License

A state fishing license is required for ages 16 and over and is not available for purchase at the lake.


619-443-2510 (lake information)
619-390-1623 (campground)

Driving Directions

– Take 8 freeway east
– Take Lake Jennings Park Road exit
– Turn left on Lake Jennings Park Road
– Turn right on Harritt Road
— Follow road to the parking lot


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