Lake Hodges Kayak, Canoe & Kayak Fishing Information
Lake Hodges is located close to a residential community nestled in a peaceful coastal canyon on the San Dieguito River, thirty-one miles north of the city of San Diego. The lake offers a diversity of outdoor recreational activities including fishing, boating, sailing, hiking and horseback riding trails. This gorgeous lake hosts a varied assortment of plants and trees and is a favorite retreat for all levels of paddlers.
When the lake is at full water level capacity the COSD Water Department said Lake Hodges has twenty-seven miles of shoreline, but after paddling the lake I think the distance is closer to twenty-two miles, thirteen of which you are allowed to paddle.
All private boats, including kayaks, launching at Lake Hodges will be inspected for quagga mussels. Kayaks must be clean and dry or they will not be allowed to launch. NOTE: Lake Hodges is not yet infested with quagga mussels. Quagga mussels were discovered in the Colorado River Aqueduct System which serves Southern California.
Lake Hodges is a prime kayak fishing destination for Florida-strain largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, bullhead and carp. The lake record for bass weighed in at 20 pounds 4 oz. Kayak anglers who have caught these monster size bass have had the best success with plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits.
Open: Before traveling to this must see paddling get-a-way, always confirm the current schedule for boat operating hours. The lake is presently open to kayaks and canoes from March to the end of October on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from sunrise to sunset. The boat speed limit is 20 m.p.h. Lake Hodges' concession is open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday only, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Quagga Mussel Inspection
Fees: Lake Hodges charges a launch, fishing and pet fee.
Lake Facilities: The lake facilities consist of a boat launch, hiking and bicycling trails, a concession store, boat rentals, (including kayaks), vault toilets, water, a picnic and sandy beach area. Pets are allowed on a leash fifty feet from the shore, but they are not allowed in the water or on boats. Swimming, SUP baording, jet and waterskiing are not permitted. Concession Ph: 760 432-2023. There is a full service snack bar with bait and tackle. You can purchase fishing permits and California State fishing licenses.