Santee Lakes Fishing Report: Trout Re-Opener This Weekend With Prizes

A look at the week's best catches, update on stocking, recipe and more.

By Greg Even, Santee Lakes

WEEK OF: December 31, 2012

The Lakes Trout Re-Opener will be held this weekend January 12 and 13.

2,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout will be split into lakes 3 and 4. This stock includes HUGE Trophy Trout as well as Tagged Trout worth CASH and Prizes!!


The Deveau family caught a HUGE Trout out of lake 7 while on a recent camping trip. The fish was not weighed but was estimated at 12+ lbs.

Colin Dupill age 8 from Ramona landed a giant Trout out of lake 2 tipping the scales at 10 lbs.

David Boyd caught a 7 lb. 5 oz. Trout out of lake 3 on powerbait and nightcrawler combo.

Daniel Senior and Tyler caught a 6 lb. 5 oz. and a 4 lb. 5 oz. Trout out of lake 3.

Devon King caught a 6 lb. 2 oz. Trout out of lake 2 on a nightcrawler.

Michael Sponsler from El Cajon caught a 5 lb. 12 oz. Trout off of the lake 3 pier on a roboworm.

Tyler Kay caught a 5 lb. 1 oz. Trout out of lake 3 on powerbait.

Matthew Carlin age 16 from Santee caught a 4 lb. 8 oz. Rainbow out of lake 2 on a nightcrawler.

Julie Bentley age 7 from Lemon Grove reeled in a nice 3 lb. Trout from lake 4 using a nightcrawler.

Ward Heinrichs from San Diego caught 4 Trout out of lake 3 on powerbait.

All Trout weighing 5 lbs. or greater will get you entered into the April 1st TV drawing.

Recipe of the Week:

Fried Trout Nuggets


  • 2 to 3 pounds fish fillets
  • seasoned salt
  • pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk pancake mix
  • 1 cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • vegetable oil for deep frying


Heat about 1/2 inch of oil in a large deep skillet over medium heat, about 360°. Cut fish in bite-sized pieces. Lightly sprinkle with seasoned salt and pepper. Combine pancake mix and bread crumbs in a large plastic food storage bag. Dip fish in a mixture of beaten egg and water. Place fish in bag to coat with crumbs. Fry in hot oil for 7 to 8 minutes, or until golden brown, turning once.

Drain fish nuggets well on paper towels; serve fried fish nuggets immediately

Night Fishing (registered campers only, lakes 6 & 7)

Fishing Permit Fees

Adult (ages 16 and over) $9.00 per day

Junior (ages 7 to 15) $6.00 per day

Second fishing pole stamp $4.00

*One child under 7 may fish for free with a paid adult

** No California State Fishing License required to fish at Padre Dam’s Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve.


(stock will arrive on or before date below)

January 12, 2013

2,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout


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