Recreation and Park District

Fishing Report

June 27, 2022

“Dusty Britches” here with “Peppermint Patty”, “Dodger Scott”, “Skid Mark”, and Slim. The fishing has changed from a trout bite to Channel Catfish, Blue Gill, and Crappie. 
The “summer solstice” has come and gone. In the northern hemisphere it occurred between June 20 and 22…..depending on where you are at the time. The “longest day of the year”. Now the daytime hours will slowly diminish. The weather has one word for it lately… Even the Lake water temperature is coming in at close to the mid-70”s. It’s hotter than a hooker’s doorknob on nickel-night…..not my comment …..Mark Twain. Some very nice channel cats coming in on fresh mackerel and the blue gill and crappie are being taken on trout teasers and fly lining night crawlers. The gut barrels don’t lie. 

The Pub is a pleasant addition to the Lake with sandwiches, my favorite is their pork belly sandwich……the “nickle pickle”burger is also a good pick. They also serve salads, chili, appetizers, and more. With cold refreshments on tap and a smiling hostess, how can you lose.


Lenny and Rosey are the rangers you’ll meet on the weekends over at Chambers Park, Bill at Lone Pine and  Jene, Scott, and Wally roving. On the dock you will meet Charlie, Tao, Frank. Wyatt and Forest are on another family vacation. The bait and tackle shop’s crew include Patty, Sarah, Rosi,  Ellie, JoEllen, and Barbara. Most of the folks here take care of a number of duties and responsibilities….so cudos to them.


Most of the goslings and ducklings made it through the perils of predatory birds and animals, so we have a good number of little ones hanging out……mostly in front of the boat house waiting for the next can of cracked corn to be tossed out at them. The starling nests are abound with little ones as well. The seasonal streams have stopped and become mud-holes which doesn’t keep my labs from frolicking in them, and soon after visit the vet for ear infections, and (for lack of a better term) bottom infections. Looking for infections on a dog sometimes is harder than trying to repair bald spots in your lawn. The more you look, the more you see. 

If you are in the area, and have the time, stop in and check us out. We have 800 square foot cabins with full amenities, full kitchens and full baths, our condos have kitchenettes and fireplaces. We are building 3 new tipis for the adventurous, and we also have tent camping, and R.V. camping available. If interested, go to our website and click on the reservation link. If you need to change or cancel your reservation, or are having trouble with the online reservation system, call (760)765-0515. Laura will take good care of you.

So long from a very comfortable air conditioned office.

“Tight Lines and Bent Rods”……..”Dusty Britches”.

“In the spring, I have encountered 126 different kinds of weather”……..”Mark Twain”. 

April 7, 2022

“Howdy !!” from Lake Cuyamaca….. This is “Dusty Britches” along with “Peppermint Patty”, “CT-3”, and “Slo-Bullets” listening to uncle “Snot Locker” Britches talk about signs along the roadways when he was young before the big highways came in to being. “Burma Shave” had some good ones like….”A man, a miss, a car, a curve, he kissed the miss, and missed the curve”. Or…..”Don’t stick your elbow out so far, it may go home in another car”, or “trains don’t wander all over the map because nobody sits in the engineer’s lap !”

Ole “Snot Locker” had some good ones! Like the story he told us about sliding down the banister at home to find it had splinters in it….

The fishing has picked up considerable with reported rainbow trout catches of up to 6.5 pounds! Limits coming out as the days lengthen and water warms….. and that was before our recent stocking of 1,000 pounds from Jess Ranch on April 7th. Not to be confused with the upcoming Western Outdoor News “Troutcast” tournament which will see some good action as we have an additional 4,000 pounds of Mt. Lassen trout to be planted before the April 23 fishing extravaganza! They have a different idea for prizes and awards this year.


The Lake will be closed for fishing from the 19th of April until tournament day.

Not to mention another fishing tournament for the young anglers on April 30th…..”Flippin Sticks and Rippin Lips” for ages 15 years and under. Natasha Hollingsworth is the organizer for this event.

The bass anglers are starting to show….rock hoppin has started. We are unable to get any catfish lately, but it will be interesting to see how well the panfish faired through winter when things warm up more……it looks pretty good so far. And if you come up, kill a carp…. fish for free, or camp for free**. I hear that Bohemian potato bread works wonders with them. Buy a loaf, bring it, mush some of it up into dough balls to fish with and make sandwiches with the rest.  

The winds are from the east as the Santa Ana’s grow strong up here and dry out the inland valleys.

The number of dogs going on walks in the early mornings with me has increased to 4 which provides more entertainment for me. More butt sniffing, grass eating, stick fetching, and K-9 farting. Something to be said about a dog’s passing of gas, no noise…..just an odor that permeates the air in all directions.

This morning was clear and windy. We watched as a local bald eagle was being chased by a very mad raven…..I wonder what the eagle did? One of the more amusing questions that we get is “When is a good time to take a picture of the bald eagle? and where?” or….when do they fly by? …….hmmmm….. that’s right up there with “Where can I catch fish?”

Things are waking up from a long winter’s nap….the deer are out, red winged black birds are here in force, the Canada geese are pairing up, turkey vultures are doing their thing, raccoons are stirring, skunks smelling, road kills happening in greater numbers, and those splats on the windshield isn’t rain.

We have a couple new employees, one is an ex-postal worker, and the other is 81 years old, no discrimination here. They wanted to stay anonymous, so I told Bill and JoEllen that their secret is safe with me…..

The restaurant is coming along swimmingly (I heard that somewhere) with the new kids on the block Tom and Tyson. Damn good food, and better service so come and check it out. The new brand for the restaurant is “The Pub” at Lake Cuyamaca. Smoked chicken wings for appetizers (or the Charcuterie board) followed by a ”Nickle Pickle” burger with garlic cheese fries is my favorite. To look at their menu, check out their web-site. They are now open for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings too….. sometimes with live entertainment!

Well, I’m headin' on so, “Happy Trails” to you until we meet again.


“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened”.  “Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe”……”Mark Twain”.


“Tight lines and Bent rods…..take a kid fishin”…..”Dusty Britches” .

** Kill a carp, show the tackle shop or a ranger, and you will receive a gift certificate for a future fishing permit or a future night of tent camping.




March 2, 2022


Dusty Britches here along with “The Commander” and “Rooster” just tryin to give an update on current events at the old mud hole. We stocked 2,500 pounds of rainbow trout February 9th because we want to make all your fishes come true. Ya know, it has to be impossible to grow weary of a sport that is never the same on any 2 days of the year.


This morning was awesome with just a whisp of a wind, what a change. We took the dogs for their morning walk …… which is a competition between them to see which one can eat the most goose poop along the way.


It has been rainy, snowy, and windy here lately, so the lake is stirred up with very little visibility. Some nice trout have been coming out, just not too many of them. The “gut barrell gods” never lie. That doesn’t stop the hearty anglers, though. You can see them huddled down low along the shoreline with a determination to catch a freshly planted rainbow trout.

There is a tall pine tree at the north end of the west parking lot that seems to be a favorite roosting spot for one of our bald eagles as he watches the shoreline below him intently….looking for a wayward trout to swim too close to the shore. It’s always a treat to see him swoop down and pluck a trout from the shallows. Our white pelicans are back. They can be spotted usually toward the south end of the lake….they kind of stick out like a sore thumb….and our cormorant population is coming back.


In the mornings the ice is slicker than snot on a door handle, so if you come up to visit, wait for it to warm up a little bit. It's what you get when you have a rain, a freeze, then a snow…..part of the life here around the pond.


Bobby Morgan, one of our rangers, came up with an all-in-fun good idea… name one of our trucks after another ranger……we’re going to call it Rosi, but I can’t tell you who the ranger is and you didn’t hear it from me……Bobby would be plumb pissed… would the ranger.


The new kids on the block would be Tom and Tyson…..our bookends who have taken over the restaurant which is now called simply “The Pub” at Lake Cuyamaca. Better and more plentiful food will be hard to find….and the service is the best!  Tom also has 12 craft brews on tap to taste. We have wrapped the outside deck around the entire south end of the building, replacing the old wood with Trex and a solid roof overhead to give shelter during rain, total shade from the sun, and provide protection from our prevailing westerly winds. You should try it out!


The bridge on the back of the island has been resurfaced, which is a great upgrade -  just in time for the Pirate's Cove 12 – 24 hour run this weekend. We will see cars come out of the woodwork for the event. In speaking with Jennifer, the run’s coordinator, she is expecting 121 registered runners to do a loop run, and the bridge is a vital portion of it. They congregate here to run a little and have fun…a little.

Well, my mouth, as a babbling brook , has turned into a rushing river again , so I’ll have to say “Happy Trails” to you…..until we meet again.




“Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level ……and beat you with experience”……Mark Twain  


“Tight lines and bent rods…..take a kid fishin”…….”Dusty Britches”