Hodges is known nationally for it's largemouth bass population. This
lake is one of the few ever to produce a 20 lb class largemouth without a
trout stock at the lake. The lake record is 20 lbs 4 ozs. Popular
lures for bass here include plastic worms (6-12 inches), pig-n-jigs,
spinnerbaits, crankbaits and of course live bait, especially crawdads.
Concentrate most of your early season bassin' in the tules.
Hodges also provides great fishing for crappie, 2 pounders are not uncommon. The lake record crappie is 3 lbs 3 ozs. Big channel catfish are fairly common in the summer, with favorite baits being mackerel or chicken liver. The most productive areas of the lake for all species of fish are the Narrows and the area around the Dam.
Personal Experience: I grew up in this area & played softball for many, many years at the fields adjacent these trails. This area holds fond memories for me as I know it does for many of you too. There is a so-so waterfall off of one of the trails here so keep your eyes peeled!
This area made headlines after Chelsea King was found murdered here after a jog back in '10. The community came together so beautifully during this time but sadly none of it was enough to bring her back alive. As tranquil as places like these are, please be smart (especially you females) and do not go alone. There are houses overlooking where Chelsea was abducted in broad daylight. All it took was mere seconds to pull her out of view. I don't mean to be morbid, I just want everyone to be smart about their exploring. You can read more info on this case here.
There are many entrances to the trails. Pick any of them, they're all good.
Such a great model!
Not the best tree model though :P
We found this off the beaten path. It's obviously man-made.
I wonder what it's for?
This is the bridge that you can see from the 15 freeway. I didn't take the trails on the other side. Another day!
These photos below are from several years ago. They are of Chelsea King's memorial and where her body was found buried in a shallow grave:
He dragged her off the hiking trail into a woodsy area. It was decorated with ribbons and such, which is why we were able to find it pretty easily. What was so neat and kind of magical about this area is you go from a dirt-path hiking trail, and suddenly when you go down the path where she was murdered, it turns into beach sand with seashells everywhere. Her burial spot was covered with shells. It's kind of special.
A different day hiking in the rain:
This little guy insisted on staying warm in my friend's pant folds. We took him off once and he ran back to him:
Not a happy camper:
Breakdancing in the rain:
Anza Borrego Desert
Cuyamaca State Park