Hike: 2.1 miles out and back Level: Moderate
Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
Dixon Lake Night Fishing begins July 11 this year. Bring the family to enjoy the cool night breezes Thursday and Friday nights this summer. The lake will be open until 10:45 p.m. if you are fishing from a boat, and until 11:45 p.m. if you are fishing on shore. Picnic Areas will close at 8 p.m.
Catfish will be planted throughout the season, so fishing should be good. Combine your visit with a few nights of camping and enjoy the beautiful views of the Escondido skyline as the lights come on in the city, or spend an afternoon hiking in Daley Ranch.
For current fishing conditions and hours of operation, please check the latest fishing report."
Personal Experience: Out of all the lakes that I have visited in San Diego, I am now going to have to claim this one as my favorite. Why? Because it isn't "perfect" and the trails are not manicured. It feels as though they worked with nature instead of plowing it down. It is a decent-sized lake with boat rentals, bbq/party spots, camping grounds and plenty of great fishing locations. This is right next to Daley Ranch, so if you're in an adventurous mood and it's not too hot, you should hit that spot up too.
I cannot speak for the fishing because I do not fish, but I can say that the water is crystal clear (boy did I want to jump in and go for a swim) and in some areas the water is literally turquoise! You can get some beautiful photos here.