Helix Water District’s Lake Jennings has been stocked with 2,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout for opening day — the Trout Opener — on Saturday, November 21st, from 6:00am to 5:00pm in Lakeside.
Last year, 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.”
Why is the fishing so good? Water quality: Lake Jennings is where Helix stores imported water from the Colorado River and the Feather River, the source of water for California’s State Water Project, before it is treated at the district’s R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant. How Helix staff manage the fishery also plays a role. The lake is stocked with Lightning Trout, known for their fight on the line, and 3-10 pound Trophy Trout.
Two more reasons to fish the Trout Opener are tagged trout and the Kid’s Pond stocked with 400 pounds of trout for anglers under 12 years old, with fishing poles and tackle provided. Catch a tagged trout and win a free weekend of camping, a free boat rental or a gift certificate to Lakeside Bait and Tackle.
Lake Jennings offers rental boats, 16 foot skiffs with a Yamaha outboard motor, on a first come, first served basis, a ramp for private boats, and a campground. Non-hookup sites for tent camping Friday and/or Saturday night are still available.
– Take 8 freeway east
– Take Lake Jennings Park Road exit
– Turn left on to Lake Jennings Park Road
– Turn right on to Harritt Road and follow it to the parking lot
619-443-2510 (lake information)