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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill and green sunfish at Lower Otay Lake in California.

Lower Otay Lake, CA

Bass, catfish, crappie and sunfish hide among the submerged timber in Lower Otay Lake, an 1,100-acre lake in southwest CA, 10 miles east of Chula Vista. Giant largemouth bass are caught with some regularity here, often weighing over ten pounds as well as many in the mid-range weights.

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Lower Otay Lake, located in San Diego County, California, is a renowned fishing destination that offers an exciting angling experience. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, making it a favorite spot among fishing enthusiasts. One of the most sought-after species in Lower Otay Lake is the largemouth bass. Anglers can test their skills and techniques in pursuit of these feisty game fish known for their aggressive strikes and acrobatic fights. The lake is also populated with other popular sportfish such as catfish, crappie, bluegill, and carp, providing ample opportunities for anglers to reel in a diverse range of species.

In addition to fishing, boating, and camping, Lower Otay Lake offers a range of recreational activities. Birdwatchers can indulge in their passion as the lake attracts a diverse array of bird species. With its surrounding wetlands and abundant vegetation, the lake serves as a habitat for various waterfowl, shorebirds, and migratory birds. Nature lovers can also explore the surrounding trails and enjoy hiking, birding, and wildlife observation.

Overall, Lower Otay Lake is a haven for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With its diverse fish species, boating opportunities, and proximity to camping facilities, it provides an ideal setting for a memorable fishing trip or a relaxing weekend getaway in the scenic San Diego County. Whether you're a seasoned angler seeking trophy bass or a nature lover looking to soak in the natural beauty, Lower Otay Lake offers an unforgettable experience for all who visit.

Access for fishing from the bank is available along most of the twenty five miles of shoreline, with some of the easiest along the west shore. Boat access is via Otay Lake City of San Diego Reservoir boat launch ramp on the west side of the lake, off Wueste Road. Rental boats are available at the concession near the boat landing, which also has bait, fishing tackle and snacks.

Primary fish species residing in Lower Otay Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Blue catfish Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill Green Sunfish

Lower Otay Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Boating is a popular activity at Lower Otay Lake, allowing anglers and recreational boaters to explore the expansive waters. The lake permits both motorized and non-motorized boats, including kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. Boaters can take advantage of the boat ramp and rentals available at the lake to launch their vessels and access prime fishing spots. Cruising the serene waters of Lower Otay Lake offers not only excellent fishing opportunities but also breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Fishing Otay Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Wueste Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Camping is not available directly at Lower Otay Lake; however, there are nearby campgrounds and recreational areas that offer camping facilities. Visitors can find various camping options in the vicinity, allowing them to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the region. These campgrounds provide amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms, ensuring a comfortable camping experience for outdoor enthusiasts.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Pio Pico RV Resort & Campground - 619 421-0104

Sweetwater Summit Regional Park Campground - 619 472-7572

Lower Otay Lake CA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lower Otay Lake
Otay Lake City of San Diego Reservoir
2165 Wueste Rd
Chula Vista, CA 91915
619 397-5212


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Lower Otay Reservoir in Southern California.

Fishing for largemouth bass in southwest CA.

Lower Otay Lake, in California.