ALMOST 400 new fish were released at the La Laguna ramp on the north end of Lake Elsinore, Thursday…

An unusual benefactor–Santa Ana suckers and their restored habitat in the Santa Ana River–provided the impetus for a DFG transfer of fish to Lake Elsinore, Dec. 27.  While largemouth bass were not the bulk of the 386 fish transported, the fact is, those potential keepers and a nice helping of green sunfish and bullhead will augment the lake’s overall fishery.

In the email I received, I was reminded that Elsinore (a bump in the San Jacinto River) is actually a tributary of the Santa Ana River, connecting near Corona. That put the natural lake in an ideal place to get discards from the State’s restoration of the Santa Ana.

As noted, “The relocated fish would have been otherwise dispatched along with the carp, fathead minnows and goldfish captured in the tributary. Most of the fish were green sunfish however, 14 LMB (6-13″) and 2 REALLY nice BG were released at the new launching facility on the north side of the lake.”

While the bass numbers might not excite this audience, those fish potentially represent almost three limits. The email also noted, “We may work with the restoration crew again to relocate Centrarchids [that includes largemouth bass] and Ictalurids they capture in the Santa Ana River watershed to Lake Elsinore in the future, since this effort went so well.”

It’s also important that, regardless of what you think about the native suckers in the Santa Ana, Elsinore anglers will now have a shot at fish that would not have been previously accessible.

Furthermore, the Elsinore bass population benefits from other catchable species in the lake, since catch-and-release is not as widely practiced here. With each transplanting, the general angler pool will have more “take home” species to catch.


5 Responses to “DFG gifts Lake Elsinore with more ‘swimmers’”

2 REALLY nice BG were released at the new launching facility …..Blue Gill ?

That’s affirmative. The river has them. I expect we’ll get more bluegill in the future.

Cool picture of your boat

Did they say exactly which tributary or location on the Santa Ana that the fish originally came from? Thanks!

by George Kramer

I got word of the transfer after the fact, so no, I did not hear. In a story a few days later in the Californian, the DFW guy said it was an area not open to the public for fishing.