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Lures and bait both working at Lake Cuyamaca

WON Staff Writer
Published: Jun 29, 2017
JULIAN — Lake Cuyamaca may have experienced its share of late-spring doldrums on the trout scene but the infancy of summertime is already beginning to tell a slightly different story at the East County watershed. Bait soakers, lure chuckers and trollers alike are all connecting with Cuya's rainbows, as trouting appears to be on the upswing heading into the back half of the year.

SOME GOOD LOOKING trout are being creeled at Lake Cuyamaca and no one's enjoying it more than the short rods making it out to the lake to wet a line

“Fishing here has definitely picked up recently,” said Ranger Butch Paddock. “There are some good limits being taken, mostly from the consistently-producing Lone Pine area and around Chamber's Park, and the upper basin is still producing some nice-sized rainbows from the trench. This weekend we've seen some really nice 4- to 7-pound rainbows caught.”

For anglers dunking bait, the chartreuse and rainbow variations of PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers are doing the most damage, while the trusted “Cuyamaca sandwich” is also working well – combining your trout dough with a lively ’crawler. On the trolling side of the ledger, Thomas Buoyant spoons are scoring some good trout, and guys tossing the metal around are connecting with trout spinners like Mepps and black/yellow Panther Martins.

“The lake has taken on it's normal tea color as it often does this time of year, so visibility has diminished some,” Paddock added. “Our water temps are at about 69 degrees.”

With the off-colored water currently present at the lake, bait soakers could very well benefit from adding a touch of scent to their standard jar bait and ’crawler offerings.


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