Lake Hodges is a medium sized lake located 30 miles north of San Diego in Escondido. The lake features miles of pristine shoreline for paddling. The hills and oak forests along the shoreline make for an interesting paddle and plenty of photo opportunities. Hiking trails are also available close to the water. With the water level being much lower due to the drought, vessels of all kinds must be careful paddling close to shore as there are underwater hazards such as rocks and submerged trees that may damage your boat.
Kayaks and personal watercraft are only allowed to be launched between March to the end of October on the weekends. No paddle boards are allowed on the lake at all.
There is a mandatory quagga mussel inspection although the lake is already somewhat infested with the mussells. Make sure that your kayak is clean and dry on the inside and out if you do not want the inspection to take too long. There is also a concessions store that is open 6 A.M. to 6 P.M. that sells bait as well as food.
Crappie, bluegills, largemouth bass, and even catfish are all fishable in this lake. Plastic swimbaits, spoons, worms, spinnerbaits, and rapalas are all great choices to use when casting in and around the lake. Bass up to 15 lbs are sometimes landed in Hodges.
Air temperature in Lake Hodges ranges from the 50s to mid 60s in the winter and the 70s to low 80s in the summer. The winds can really pick up in the afternoon, so plan on being off of the water by noon at the latest if you want the calmest paddling conditions.
Lake Hodges Boat Ramp Launch (Lake Hodges)