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Our Fishing Policy

It's simple... there is no fishing allowed at or on the conservancy property.  We are a small nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the biological integrity and beauty of the San Diego River in Lakeside.  This means, at this time, we are restricting human activity in the sensitive areas of the River Park.

We respectfully request that you stay on our clearly marked trails and out of the lakes and river bed.

We are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the river bottom as well, and quite often, people leave behind trash, whether intentional or not.

Fishing is allowed at several places in East County and along the San Diego River. 
Following is a list of locations:

Old Man Pond in Santee along the San Diego River. This is located behind Town Center Parkway near the Women's prison. 

West Carlton Hills Pond by the Cottonwood Golf Course 

Lake Cuyamaca at15027 Highway 79, Julian CA 92036
(760) 765-0515 
About an hour's drive from San Diego, Lake Cuyamaca is a picture-book 110 acre lake that is proof positive that good things come in small packages. Situated at an elevation of 4600 feet in an Oak and Pine forest, it is surrounded on three sides by the 26,000 acre Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, which is 52% wilderness. Lake Cuyamaca is the perfect getaway for one day or up to ten nights. Few places in San Diego County offer the pristine views that greet your eyes wherever they may wander! 
Stocked with over 38,000 lbs. of trout annually, Lake Cuyamaca is the only San Diego lake that is able to stock trout all year long. Other species of fish include Florida bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill and sturgeon. 

El Capitan Reservoir (619) 465-3474 
El Capitan is a premier bass and crappie fishery headlining the fish counts regularly. It has Florida-strain largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, blue catfish, green sunfish, and carp.  El Capitan is located in the rural hills east of Lakeside, surrounded by spacious horse ranches and old trees. The road to El Capitan is the first sign that you have left the city. From Interstate 8 proceed north on Lake Jennings Park Road, then east on El Monte Road 8 miles to the reservoir entrance. 

Lake Jennings at 9535 Harritt Rd, Lakeside, CA 92040
(619) 980-4844 
State fishing licenses are required.

San Vicente Reservoir

Lindo Lake at 12660 Lindo Lane, Lakeside CA    (619) 443-1666

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