more of these

THE GOAL: More of these…

Other than, “Do you ever catch anything at Lake Elsinore?” the question I probably get asked the most is: “Where did they drop those brush piles I heard about?” Truth be known, I don’t have their GPS coordinates, but I’ve got a decent idea.

There is a history of habitat work here. Some have been orange trees, others the seasonal Christmas tree bundles and even some PVC structures. On schedule (maybe not this weekend if it rains) is an Eagle Scout project that has been approved for more Christmas tree habs. Two weeks ago, the DFW put in another dozen piles.

By the attached schematic you can see the areas where this habitat work has been (or will be) done with approval from the City of Lake Elsinore. However, some of their stipulations can help your search, if you just have to know where these “secret” spots are located.

Microsoft Word - Schedmatic Potential Fish Habitat AreasFirst off, no habs will be placed unless they are at least four feet below the designated lake elevation of 1240 feet. Since the level is now actually around 1242.25 feet, that means the tops of any of these artificial habs will likely be at least 6 feet deep right now–and one would assume, on deeper than that.

These habs will provide cover for both adult and fry, depending on water level, but clearly, since the lake is basically a big sandy, silty bottom, these add the only other options beyond what you’ll find near the shoreline.

There’s no mystery in this, just the hope that this added effort will ultimately lead to a better bass fishery.


6 Responses to “Taking the mystery out of habitat drops”

Like Elsinore needs more trees. LOL

OK maybe some deeper trees.

by George Kramer

That is the plan–or part of it. 🙂

That place needs all the help it can get, sounds like it’s on it’s way. Can anyone bring in a Christmas tree?

by George Kramer

Michael, the City (and the DFW) authorize the collecting of trees and then one or the other oversees the placement. Those now awaiting placement are out on the dike, and may (or may not, depending on the weather) get placed tomorrow morning. There was a project limit of trees on the Scout project, BTW.

I think they’d be wise to take a bulldozer and cut some furrows into the bottom when the lake drops, that helps them too.

by George Kramer

Maybe something lighter than a dozer. Back in the 1970’s DFG biologist Larry Botroff suggested something similar, just using a skiploader to push some dirt and create small bars along the shore. Just a little protrusion would hold fish in the area.