Lake Elsinore Fishing Report


One Picture is Worth A Thousand Fish Stories!

 Fishing Report by Anglers for Anglers. 

A fishing report is compiled by the City of Lake Elsinore for posting to the City's website. 

Please report your fish catch by emailing:  A good report would include: Name, the City of residence, photo, type of fish, date fish caught, fish size in pounds or total length (inches), bait used and location on Lake Elsinore.

May 27, 2022

Bill Cramer nabs a nice Catfish at Launch Pointe with some of his favorite bait....HOT DOGS!!

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June 12, 2020

Jon Caffery, a Lake Elsinore/Palm Springs resident, caught a 24 inch, 5.9 lbs. catfish on Charlie Type A dough bait at Elsinore West Marina.

May 30, 2019

Catfish, Catfish, Catfish! Look at these monsters taken by Councilmember Bob Magee. 9lbs and 26"

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 September 11, 2018

Mr. Edwards had some great success out at Whisker's Fishing Beach in the evening with some garlic scented power bait. A grey bullhead 25" long and 4.5lbs. 

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July 16, 2018

Bobby and his son did their part in trying to get Carp out of the Lake by fishing from Whiskers Fishing Beach with homemade baits consisting of corn meal, peanut butter, garlic salt, and cheddar cheese. They could "barely put the poles down we had so many bites"

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July 6, 2018

David caught this cat off the shore of the west side of Lake Elsinore, weighing in at 13.8lbs. 

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June 20, 2018

Jacob and his dad were fishing out of La Laguna on June 20th and caught this nice crappie right from shore. Great job Jacob and awesome slab!

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June 15, 2018

Scott and his buddies have been catching massive amounts of carp from shore. Thanks fellas! The lake and fish appreciate it. There are other fishing being caught... we just need you to tell us. Dont forget to send us your fishing report and we'll post it here.

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May 12, 2018

Councilmember Magee caught a monster carp... and it broke his rod! Come do your part and take these carp out... but be prepared for big fish!

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April 1, 2018

Councilmember Magee doing his part to take Carp out of the Lake. Check out these three carp caught from shore at La Laguna Boat Launch... come see if you can harvest some Surburban Salmon from our lake too. 

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March 18, 2018

This 10.3 pound beauty was caught on a mac bite on the fishing ramps at La Laguna Campground and Boat Launch. There were three others that were caught, so you could say the catfish bite is officially on.

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March 4, 2018

It may be cold... but the Bass are still biting!

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February 4, 2018

New year and new fishing stories. The fishing is still strong in Lake Elsinore. 

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October 7, 2017 

Mayor Magee strikes again... he is the catfish whisperer snagging these healthy cats!

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September 28, 2017 

 One of our local fishermen caught this beautiful Channel Catfish, weighing in at 7.4 pounds off the shores of Whiskers Fishing Beach. He used dough and blood stink bait from Magic. Good catch! Come down and see what you can catch... besides a great view and a good time!

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June 20, 2017 

Catfish ! Catfish ! Catfish ! That' the hot bite these days in Lake Elsinore. Fish are coming into the spawning cycle and are being caught in very shallow water. Rock piles, brush piles, and vegetation along the shoreline are prime areas for anglers to target the catfish.  Fish are ranging from 2 to 10 lbs using Mackerel Chunks, night crawler and shrimp.

Bass action has been fair for those willing to spend the time chucking spinner baits and crank baits. The crappie bite is still slow with anglers picking off a few in the early morning.

Carp are also being caught with regularity using dough baits all around the lake.

Tip of the week !

Fly lining (no weight) your bait when fishing in areas with lots of structure will increase your catching to snagging ratio considerably ! Using a bobber will also eliminate continual snags around structural areas.

Tight lines.....

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June 1, 2017

Caught a couple of nice 18" + cats last night right before sun down. On the Grand side, south end of the lake across from los panchos. On a side note... while waiting for them to start biting I noticed TONS of fry jumping out of the waters edge feeding. That is extremely encouraging.

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May 13, 2017 - May 21, 2017 

Catfish continuing to bite, taking both Marcel and Shad... all bites took pace during the early morning 5:45am-7:30am.

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May 15, 2017

The catfish bite continues to be fair, but cooler weather has slowed the bite for shore and boat anglers. Crappie are still being caught, but not in great numbers as with the large mouth bass. Nothing to report on Bluegill.  Carp bite is red hot all around the lake for anglers using homemade or store bought dough baits . However; Whiskers beach has been the most productive for those targeting carp.

The bite should pick up as warmer weather approaches and with our anticipated catfish stocking at the end of the month for our annual "Just For Kids Fishing Derby" .  This free event for kids 16 and younger will be held on June 3rd at the La Laguna Resort and Boat Launch . Visit the city's website to find out more information. Bring the kids out for a great day of fishing!

April 7, 2017

The catfish bite is really starting to heat up. Fish are ranging from 2 to 8lbs using Mackerel (Bite-On Mack – bites), shrimp and crawlers. Best bite coming on mackerel. Just ask “Mayor” Bob Magee who has had the hot stick the last couple of weeks pulling in the kitties. The crappie bite still hasn’t taken off yet, but it’s still early in the season and water temp is still a little cool at 65 to 66 degrees for them to really go on the chew. Carp action is fair and will definitely get better as warmer weather approaches. Bass action has been picking up as well for those that are able to reach the grass and fence lines and take advantage of those recently stocked fish that are now active and hungry.

Next stocking will be at the end of April. Just in time for the 2017 Dream Extreme Fishing Derby. Get on out and join the fun. For more information contact Williams Bait, Tackle and Boat Rentals 951-642-0640.

Here is a nice cat caught by Lake Elsinore's Mayor, Bob Magee

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Channel Catfish

May 14, 2014 - Dang Nguyen of Murrieta lands a monster sized Channel Catfish using cut-mackerel off the La Laguna Resort while night fishing.

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April 29, 2014 - John, from Lake Elsinore, landed this estimated 8-lbs Channel Catfish at Perret Park using a dead Threadfin Shad minnow.

Channel Catfish by Memo

April 21, 2014 - Memo Guevara reported catching a couple of Channel Catfish today,
ranging from 6-9 lbs. using nightcrawlers.

Crappie by Memo

April 17, 2014 - Memo Guevara of Lake Elsinore catches a nice Crappie using a dragon fly jig near La Laguna Resort & Boat Launch.

130713-Art Chavarria

July 13, 2013, Art Chavarria of Anaheim, caught a 10 lb
Catfish on Mackerel bait.

130711-Memo Guevara's Largemouth Bass

July 11, 2013, Memo Guevara of Lake Elsinore caught a 21"
(6-lbs.) Largemouth Bass on a deep diving chartreuse crankbait.

130407-Alani Guevara's 15

April 7, 2013, Alani Guevara (11 years old) of Lake Elsinore
caught her first ever Largemouth Bass measuring 15".  This Bass was caught
 off the shoreline using her favorite purple/pearl color crankbait. Good Job Alani! 

130405-Mike Gyemant's 8# Catfish

April 5, 2013, Mike Guemant of Lake Elsinore caught this 8 lb. Catfish
from the shoreline of the Lake Park Motel & RV Park using a nighcrawler for bait.


February 6, 2013, These three anglers caught some nice size crappie
from the shoreline of the Elsinore West Marina.

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January 22, 2013, George Kramer of Lake Elsinore lands a 5-lb. 6 oz. Largemouth Bass measuring 19.5 inches (total length). This Bass was caught off an inshore fence line on the west side of the Lake on a red flecked pumpkin plastic worm using the "wacky-worm" technique.

Gary Bradford-Largemouth Bass

October 13, 2012, Gary Bradford of Canyon Lake fished with local George Kramer
on Lake Elsinore and got several nice largemouth bass, on chartreuse spinnerbaits
and crankbaits from both the north and south end of the Lake. 
Their best two went 3 1/2 lb and 5 lb 2 oz.

Bill Goss-Catfish

September 2012, Bill Goss of Orange County
caught a HUGE 13+ pound Catfish.

2011-11 Nicholas Johnsons's Largemouth Bass

November 2011, Nicholas Johnson of Lake Elsinore
caught a 5 1/2 lb. Largemouth Bass.  The fish came on
a Shad Rap in the West Marina area of the Lake.

Darryl's Channel Cat

June 19, 2011, Darryl, of Lake Elsinore shows off his 7 lb. Catfish
caught on the west end of the Lake.

Fred Pease's catch

April 23, 2011 Fred Pease of Lake Elsinore caught six Catfish
with the largest weighing in at 9.10 lbs and a total weight of 45.8 lbs.

Mike Fullers catch

April 20, 2011 MIKE FULLER of Lake Elsinore caught three Catfish, one
weighing 8 1/4 lb and two weighing 5 1/2lb.  The fourth and largest Catfish
on the string was caught by CAMILLE COLLINS (not pictured).

Nick Johnsons catch

March 28, 2011 NICK JOHNSON of Lake Elsinore tossed a Krocadile spoon
off the shore at the north end of the lake to collar this 5-pound wiper.
The afternoon bite has been picking up where the birds are diving.

101029-Bill Creamer's wipers

October 29, 2010 Bill Creamer, of Lake Elsinore shows off 
two out of nine Wipers he caught and released.  

Keith & Kevin Moore's Catfish

July 2, 2010
Keith & Kevin Moore, new residents of Lake
Elsinore, caught a 5 1/2 pound Channel Catfish
on a red worm at Whisker's Fishing Beach.

100602-George Kramers catch

June 2, 2010 George Kramer, a Lake Elsinore resident sampled the
home waters on Wednesday and caught this husky largemouth
bass on a Booyah spinnerbait from the north end of the lake.

100531-James Burkhart's Wiper

May 31, 2010 James Burkhart of Lake Elsinore
caught an 8 lb. 8 oz. Wiper just before dark, at
Davis Fishing Beach, using a nightcrawler as bait.

100520-Gary Morton's Wiper

May 20, 2010 Gary Morton of Nuevo, CA
caught a 2 lb. 4 oz. Wiper measuring 18" long.

100516-Chris Hayward's Catfish

May 16, 2010 Chris Hayward of Perris, CA  caught a
Catfish weighing 7 lb. 5 oz. and measuring 22 inches long.

100507-Steve Brewer's Wiper

May 7, 2010 Steve Brewer of Foothill Ranch, CA caught a  Hybrid
Striped Bass (Wiper) weighing 2 lb. 14 oz. and measuring 18 inches long.

Steve Walker's Catfish

May 4, 2010 Steve Walker of South Corona, CA caught two
nice size Catfish.  One weighing  7 lbs. 8 oz. and 25 inches
long the other weighing 6 lbs. and 23 inches long.

Lelie Hall's Catfish

May 4, 2010 Lelie Hall of Pasadena, CA caught a total of 5 Catfish
with the largest weighing in at 5 lbs. 14 oz. and 241/2" long.

Sam Hang's Catfish

May 3, 2010 Sam Hang, of Lake Elsinore caught a 5 lb. 11 oz.
Catfish measuring 18" long.

090823-Bass Club Tournament

August 23, 2009 The Lake Elsinore Bass Club held a Tournament on Sunday.
Thirteen boats and twenty five anglers participated. A total of fifty-seven (57) Largemouth
Bass, at least 13-inches in Total Length, were weighed-in. The winner was Chris Nickerson
& Richie Vincent with five fish weighing a total of 12.19 pounds. Chip Gilbert (pictured above)
and Nick Schmidt finished second with five fish weighing a total of 12.16 pounds.

090615-Mike Fullers catch 2

June 15, 2009 Mike Fuller (pictured above and below) of Lake Elisnore and
Fred Richardson (not pictured) of Sun City caught a couple of Wipers Monday
morning with the largest weighing in at 10 lbs 25 inches. An extra bonus for
Mike was catching several Channel Catfish, with an average size of 5 lbs.

090616- Mike Fullers Catch



April 1, 2009 Derksyn Hooper of Compton and Marco Birdo of Gardena showing seven (7)
of the twelve (12) Crappie caught this morning at Elsinore West Marina.

090327-Chris Nickerson's catch

March 26, 2009 Chris Nickerson of Hemet bagged these five Largemouth Bass.
The total fish averaged 3 pounds each.


March 19, 2009 Carp caught from Davis Street Fishing Beach.