POWAY — The official date for Lake Poway’s trout opener has been announced, but the lake’s monster catfish population wasn’t going to let that news get out without stealing some of the thunder. Those most familiar with the lake know catfish can not only be caught on a year-round basis, but there are some legitimate trophies in there, and once again, the lake record for blue catfish has been broken.
Young Rancho Penasquitos angler Avery Lee was targeting catfish at the Log Boom using mackerel on 12-pound test when he connected with the freshwater and gilled equivalent of a nuclear submarine. After a heck of a tussle, he brought the behemoth to the dock, and it tipped the scale at exactly 47 pounds: a new lake record. Lead Ranger Marc Barca said catfish action has been good overall despite the fact that the last stock was at the end of summer. He said a lot of 4- and 5-fish stringers were reported, and it seemed like boaters working the Log Boom were getting the best of it. There’s a good chance that is the same fish that set the lake record at 45 pounds earlier this year.
Only a record-breaking fish could have distracted from what was expected to be the big news this week. Lake officials announced that opening day of trout season will be Thursday, Nov. 30. The first stock is actually the day before, but the lake will be closed to fishing that day (Nov. 29) to give those fish a chance to settle in and circulate. Poway Lake will once again be getting Nebraska Tailwalkers, and with lakes Wohlford and Dixon switching suppliers (Calaveras Trout Farm), it will be one of the few spots left in SoCal where they can be targeted.
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