The devil is in the details, or so they say, and in those same details may be keys to winning the 2014 Dream Extreme Fishing Tournament, May 3-4 at Lake Elsinore. Once again, it will be a bargain at $100 per team, with the last day of registration at the Lake Elsinore Casino, May 2 before 6 p.m.

But more important are those rules that pertain to angling methods and weigh-in times.

For example, the rules say: “Live Bait: Live or dead bait may be used to catch all qualifying species.

Permitted Fishing Methods: All fish must be caught in a sporting method consistent with Lake Elsinore Lake rules and CA Department of Fish and wildlife regulations.”

That leaves opportunity pretty wide open, especially if one of the team members is not an accomplished angler.

However, here is another good one to know as well. “Teams may weigh in up to 1 fish per category, Bass, 13 inches in length, wiper, croppies, catfish. Teams weighing in a short fish will be assessed a (.25) lb. penalty. Teams bringing more than 1 fish per category to the scales will be disqualified.”

Also, I noted this bit of information: “Fish must be registered at La Laguna Marina weigh stations no later than one (1) hour after the close of each tournament day. This means scales will close at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday & 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. No exceptions.”

As for an entry form, you can get it online. Sorry I can’t be there, but my team partner (and son) is getting married that weekend. Just my luck.



6 Responses to “Winning the Dream Extreme? Know the rules!”

We can probably fish Saturday, I would just need to be at altar by 5 o’clock.

by George Kramer

We’re not dreaming that extreme… 😉

Hi George,

Given this event is sponsored by the Lake Elsinore Hotel & Casino it should be a weekend filled with fishing, gaming and good spirits. The other cool part of this fishing derby is the plan by Fishing Ventures to film the event for airing on Fox Sports West.

Congratulations Michael on landing that keeper. Wishing you much happiness in your life together.


I will be there to represent the OC. Yes, I agree the rules are different that a conventional bass derby hosted by a 3-letter acronym organization. Rules are EVERYTHING in this format derby. Seem like anything goes, just don’t come in late or bring in a short fish. I do like the “One fish from each category” concept as it keep the stress down on the fish, makes the weigh-in go fast, and helps you save face if the bite is extraordinarily tough.

by Patrick Keniry

Anybody know where results are posted for Elsinore derby ?

by George Kramer

Can’t find any results online, either. We know there were two bass caught on the first day–a 5 1/2 and a 1 1/2. Top cat, I’m told was an 8-pounder.