Hours of Operation
The gates to Upper Otay Reservoir are open on a seasonal schedule from February through October (weather permitting).
Pedestrian access is allowed for fishing from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday on a year-round basis.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
OPEN -Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day
CLOSED -Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
No Water Fountains
No Picnic Tables
No Barbecue Areas
No Glass Containers
No Fish Cleaning Stations
Fishing rules: (Why are there fishing rules?)
- Use artificial lures with barbless hooks only
- Catch and release only
What you'll find here...
These rules were designed primarily to protect the last significant population of northern-strain largemouth black bass in the area. In virtually all other waters in Southern California, these fish have been replaced by the Florida-strain version of largemouth black bass. Other species include bluegill, bullheads, and both white and black crappie. Threadfin shad and silverside minnows are the primary forage fish.
Permits and Fees
A valid California Fishing License is required for anglers 16 years of age or older. California Department of Fish and Wildlife Freshwater Sport regulations and City regulations are strictly enforced.
Patrons can purchase permits at the Iron Ranger Pay Station. Permits purchased at Upper Otay can be used on the same day at Lower Otay as well, and vice versa.
CASH OR CHECK ONLY. Bring exact change.
|Adults||$11 per person|
|Youth (ages 8 to 15)
Children 7 and under are free.
|$4 per person|
|Seniors (age 65 and older)||$6 per person|
Concession facilities are NOT available. Anglers must bring their own water, foodand lures to this reservoir. Glass containers are prohibited.
About Upper Otay Reservoir
The smallest of the City of San Diego's impounding reservoirs, Upper Otay Reservoir was established in 1959 as a hatchery for the propagation and introduction of Florida-strain largemouth bass. Remarkably, 21 of the 25 largest bass in history were the progeny of the fingerlings used in that experiment. The reservoir has been open to the public since 1996. When full, Upper Otay Reservoir has 20 surface acres.
Photo courtesy of SDFish.com