Bass angling has been disappointing over the last couple of months on Lake Elsinore, but the good news is, it’s not your fault. This morning’s electro-survey with the DFG turned several largemouths to 3 1/2 pounds, plus some smaller fish, but their locations were both diverse and widely scattered.

While we sampled the Seaport Landing brush patch, a long stretch of the inlet channel closed area, the dike, and fences and beaches from north of Rome Hill to mid-lake, yet the story was pretty much the same.

Getting out on the water before 5 a.m. was a change of pace from the nighttime surveys of the past, but the only thing that was clear was the lake has volumes of 3 and 4-inch shad and no shortage of carp in very shallow water.

The willows, in particular, were loaded with carp feeding on shad spawn but little else. We we also rolled plenty of spawning carp on the dike with a dose of 200 volts several times, but the bass came from sandy flats with salt cedar-like bushes, gravel banks of the dike and one 3-pounder off the ditch I always show here on the blog.

We turned very few bluegill, all under 4 inches, which was expected until the water warms, while the half a dozen or so fat channel catfish to maybe 8 pounds were also in less than two feet. No crappie or wipers suggests that those species are now in open water.

Coming up yet on the lake is a full biomass study from the fishery department at UCR which will include side-scan as well as up and down sonar and trawling or other means of capture. The results of that survey may unlock the key to all those open water sonar marks–and the missing largemouth bass.

I hope to get out with that team and when I do, I’ll report back.


2 Responses to “Electro survey provides few answers”

I caught 4 cats, 2 bass, 2 crappie 3 bluegills Sun morning 6:30 to 8:45 a.m.

That’s just ‘shocking’ George, shocking.