BRETT MILLS of the RCRCD holds a 6 1/4-pounder transplanted in Lake Elsinore...

UPDATED, Jan. 27, (new photo)–Well, here’s the very latest bass report from Lake Elsinore–and it ain’t bad.

According to our outgoing, Region 6 biologist Ben Ewing, the 3400-acre natural lake just got a population boost. His email reads: “Today, the Department with the help of Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District (RCRCD) was able to plant 65 largemouth bass into Lake Elsinore.The average size was 1.22 pounds with the kicker being 6.25 pounds.”

PART OF 65 bass stocked in Elsie today by DFG and RCRCD.

The RCRCD does a number of things but specifically “…promotes sustainability and natural resource stewardship and is responsible for advising land users and others about natural resources and their conservation.” As you can see by the backdrop of the photo, they deemed it necessary to move some fish from another location–and Lake Elsinore was the fortunate recipient.

BAIT STILL PLENTIFUL as birds will attest...

And there is more. While touring the wetlands on the south side of the dike, Lake, Parks & Recreation Director Pat Kilroy told me that due to environmental challenges of obtaining hybrid striped bass (so-called “wipers”) the $25,000 allotted to the fishery here will now go toward purchases of largemouth bass.

We can expect fish of several sizes, including some that would be “tournament ready” when they go in. And there is still plenty of bait here, as you can see by the photo I shot this morning.

COVER DROP was added Jan. 27.

Pretty nice.

Finishing out the week in Western Riverside County, DFG’s Ben Ewing emailed:  “the Department and the City of Elsinore placed multiple brushshelters and rip rap into Lake Elsinore.  The Christmas trees used were from Riverside Waste Management and the rip rap was donated by M.S. Inspections.”

(Bass photos courtesy DFG)


14 Responses to “Elsinore ‘kicker’ and 64 sidekicks planted”

by Kevin Linehan

How would you like to be the Bass that gets shocked out of a tule lined pond and end up in Lake Elsinore. Life is just not fair is it? 🙂

by George Kramer

That’s what the guys in the CBC said… 😉

Lets see George, 64 plus the only 9 LMB’s the DFG could shock in the entire lake last time they were there…… things are gettin better for sure! Still a fun lake though, especially since only 1 lure works there and I know which one. lol

by Terry Battisti

Come on Rick, they just increased the population by 700%. 🙂 It’s a bummer. I used to love to fish that lake.

Hope it gets better for ya George. It’s a very unique fishery and one the DFG should take care of.


by George Kramer

Wait til you see the stats when we add $25K worth of new LMB. Zowie.

This might be a stupid question, but I’ve always wondered where the shad and other forage come from? Are they planted in the lake or reservior when it is first constructed, before the bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish are planted? How do they know the amount of shad to plant?

Hope they weren’t harvested from the naval base in Norco 🙁

by George Kramer

Lenny, the agencies rarely release that type of information. But if the fish did come from the Norconian, you can come visit them here. 😉

by George Kramer

Darlene: The water source of any reservoir usually has a lot to do with what’s in a lake. DVL had a holding pond in the basin with bass and sunfish (and probably catfish). And any of those plus smallmouth could also be raised elsewhere and transplanted. In the late 1970’s or early 80’s Vail Lake was planted with a few 50-gallon drums of shad from Lake Elsinore. They took. How well they thrive is usually based on the fertility of the water. Clear lakes generally don’t maintain large shad populations year after year.

So, what if the shad populations decrease? Do they just to catch more from another lake and dump them in? How do they keep track of the shad populations?

by George Kramer

I’ve never heard of “re-stocking” shad. And today, the environmental hoops would be many. At Mead they once tried for a couple of years to add liquid fertilizer to the water at the shad spawn to increase survival, but it proved too hit or miss. From what I see, gauging actual shad populations is all guesswork–or they may manifest themselves in the condition of the predator fish–with a preponderance of robust, or leaner individuals.

Thanks for the answers, George! Can you tell me why alot of lakes no longer allow live crawdads to be used as bait?

by George Kramer

With crawdads, just like any other live creature transported from one location to another, they are mostly frowned on for potential environmental problems. It’s more about prevention of some potential issues, either the crustaceans as a disease carriers or more recently, as a vessel possible of transporting quagga mussel villagers. If one of the DFG biologists is reading this, he may have more specific answers, although for now, such decisions (allow or disallow) are typically made by a given water district or municipality.

another government restriction no crawdads no minnows soon no worms