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Trout Re-Opener

January 11 & 12, 2020

On January 7, we will be stocking 3,000 lbs. of trout including Rainbow & Lightning!  There will be tagged fish for prizes and the top 5 largest trout will get a prize! Prizes awarded for top 5 largest trout. 20 Tagged Trout will be swimming for prizes that will include: fishing poles, tackle boxes, bicycles, camping gear and free fishing passes to Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve!  We will also have a Grand Prize Giveaway that includes:  Reserved Area for 2020 Trout Opener, Fishing Rod, Yeti Cooler, Two Folding Chairs,  and Two Fishing Permits!  Catch a trout three pounds or larger to enter!  Grand Prize Giveaway is April 1, 2020!

Hi Vito!

Where are you from?  

I was born and raised in San Diego, and I’ve stayed here my entire life.   I went to Granite Hills High School, and later went to Grossmont and Cuyamaca College.  After getting my Associates Degree in Business Administration, I transferred to SDSU.  Currently I am 3 classes away from graduating SDSU with a Bachelors in Business Management, and I am expected to graduate in May of 2020.


What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my friends and trying new restaurants. I also enjoy playing table tennis.  I have a membership with the San Diego Table Tennis Association, and I regularly play at their location near Balboa Park.  Lastly, I train regularly in order to stay fit enough for a police academy, as being a police officer is my dream job.


How long have you worked at the lakes?

I was hired in October of 2019, so I’ve been working here for about 2 months.

What do you like about working here?

Firstly, I love the staff.  The staff has treated me very well, and they did a great job training me. Secondly, I love interacting with the customers.  Interacting with the people is a great way to build customer service skills, and I strive to become better each day at customer service. Lastly, I love the lake itself.  To be able to work at a park that is filled with lakes, ducks, and greenery is such a pleasure.  It’s easy to feel tranquil here.

What is a fun fact about you?

I have been to 5 different countries; Mexico, Italy, Greece, Croatia, and Turkey.

Anything else you think would be great to know about you?

My biggest goal in life is to get into a police academy, and i’m hoping by the end of 2020 I will achieve this.
Soccer is one of my biggest passions.  I love watching soccer from the big leagues in Europe.
Some of my favorite teams across Europe are: Inter Milan, Paris Saint Germain, and Chelsea FC.
I also love trying new foods from different cultures. I believe that trying foods from different cultures is a great way to learn about new cultures.


Plan a Santee Lakes getaway with our holiday promo offer and reserve two weeknights and receive one free weeknight in the campground any time between January 5 and March 27, 2020. Offer valid for Sunday through Thursday nights only. Excludes weekends and holidays. Excludes cabins. Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer available only when purchased via phone using promo code HOLIDAY.

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