All SoCals (all Californians, really) have faced the effects of drought on local fishing holes. The really local hole for me is no different.

2015 West Marina

2015 West Marina

2010

2010 West Marina

And while it’s true, the anticipated catastrophic fish kill in recent summers has been kept at bay (and somewhat unexplained) the current thick algae growth that bloomed a couple of days ago could portend such a kill. If the scientists are right, and based on the weather forecast for this week, the bloom will be erased by this week’s dry cold front, and when that algae dies, it may use up more oxygen than the growth had been producing.

Net result: die-off.

Still, such things are natural in a natural lake. At its best, Lake Elsinore 3200 acres of murky water, lots of shallow shoreline brush, fence lines, property markers and more recently, areas of rip rap. And a pretty nice grade of burly largemouths daring you to try and drag them out of the chain link.

Of course, at its worst, it is a dry sandy basin suitable for motocross–and little else. That’s what it was in the 1960’s before the lake was “rewatered.”

What has prolonged its life within the last decade has been the addition of 3 to 4 million gallons of reclaimed water pumped into the basin daily. But even with that, and attendant aeration devices, evaporation wins every year there is no wet winter. And those winters have been long in coming–say back to 2009 and 2010. Anyway, it’s out of our hands, but it is interesting to see the difference the drought has made at one landmark, the West Marina.

The pics from Dec. 24, 2010 and Nov. 15, 2016 require little explanation.