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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!!

Trout:

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Preparation:

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.

NEXT STOCK

(stock will arrive on or before date below)

January 12, 2013

2,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout

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