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 using our online form!

May 27, 2022

Bill CramerBill Cramer nabs a nice Catfish at Launch Pointe with some of his favorite bait... hot dogs!!

June 12, 2020

Jon CafferyJon Caffery, a Lake Elsinore/Palm Springs resident, caught a 24-inch, 5.9-pound 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. 9 pounds and 26 inches.

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September 11, 2018

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

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

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

June 20, 2018

JacobJacob 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!

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. Don't 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

March 18, 2018This 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.

March 4, 2018

March 4, 2018It may be cold... but the Bass are still biting!

February 4, 2018

February 4, 2018New year and new fishing stories. The fishing is still strong in Lake Elsinore.

October 7, 2017

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

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September 28, 2017

September 28, 2017One 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!

June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017Catfish! Catfish! Catfish! That's 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 crawlers and shrimp.

Bass action has been fair for those willing to spend the time chucking spinnerbaits and crankbaits. 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.....

June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017Caught a couple of nice 18-plus-inch cats last night right before sundown. 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 water's edge feeding. That is extremely encouraging.

May 13, 2017 to May 21, 2017

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

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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

Bob Magee April 7, 2017The catfish bite is really starting to heat up. Fish are ranging from 2 to 8 pounds 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 at 951-642-0640.

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

May 14, 2014

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

April 29, 2014

JohnJohn, from Lake Elsinore, landed this estimated 8-pound Channel Catfish at Perret Park using a dead Threadfin Shad minnow.

April 21, 2014

Memo GuevaraMemo Guevara reported catching a couple of Channel Catfish today, ranging from 6 to 9 pounds using nightcrawlers.

April 17, 2014

Memo Guevara April 17, 2014Memo Guevara of Lake Elsinore catches a nice Crappie using a dragonfly jig near La Laguna Resort and Boat Launch.

July 13, 2013

Art ChavarriaArt Chavarria of Anaheim caught a 10-pound Catfish on Mackerel bait.

July 11, 2013

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

April 7, 2013

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

April 5, 2013

Mike GuemantMike Guemant of Lake Elsinore caught this 8-pound Catfish from the shoreline of the Lake Park Motel and RV Park using a nightcrawler for bait.

February 6, 2013

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

January 22, 2013

George KramerGeorge Kramer of Lake Elsinore lands a 5-pound-6-ounce 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.

October 13, 2012

Gary BradfordGary 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 pounds and 5 pounds 2 ounces.

September 2012

Bill GossBill Goss of Orange County caught a huge 13-plus-pound Catfish.

November 2011

Nicholas JohnsonNicholas Johnson of Lake Elsinore caught a 5.5-pound Largemouth Bass. The fish came on a Shad Rap in the West Marina area of the Lake.

June 19, 2011

DarrylDarryl, of Lake Elsinore, shows off his 7-pound Catfish, caught on the west end of the Lake.

April 23, 2011

Fred PeaseFred Pease of Lake Elsinore caught six Catfish with the largest weighing in at 9.10 pounds and a total weight of 45.8 pounds.

April 20, 2011

Mike FullerMike Fuller of Lake Elsinore caught three Catfish, one weighing 8 1/4 pounds and two weighing 5 1/2 pounds. The fourth and largest Catfish on the string was caught by Camille Collins (not pictured).

March 28, 2011

Nick JohnsonNick Johnson of Lake Elsinore tossed a Krocodile 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.

October 29, 2010

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

July 2, 2010

Keith and Kevin MooreKeith and Kevin Moore, new residents of Lake Elsinore, caught a 5.5-pound Channel Catfish on a red worm at Whisker's Fishing Beach.

June 2, 2010

George Kramer June 2, 2010George 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.

May 31, 2010

James BurkhartJames Burkhart of Lake Elsinore caught an 8-pound-8-ounce Wiper just before dark, at Davis Fishing Beach, using a nightcrawler as bait.

May 20, 2010

Gary MortonGary Morton of Nuevo, CA caught a 2-pound-4-ounce Wiper measuring 18 inches long.

May 16, 2010

Chris HaywardChris Hayward of Perris, CA caught a Catfish weighing 7 pounds 5 ounces and measuring 22 inches long.

May 7, 2010

Steve BrewerSteve Brewer of Foothill Ranch, CA caught a Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper) weighing 2 pounds 14 ounces and measuring 18 inches long.

May 4, 2010

Steve WalkerSteve Walker of South Corona, CA caught two nice size Catfish, one weighing 7 pounds 8 ounces and 25 inches long the other weighing 6 pounds and 23 inches long.

May 4, 2010

Lelie HallLelie Hall of Pasadena, CA caught a total of 5 Catfish, with the largest weighing in at 5 pounds 14 ounces and 24.5 inches long.

May 3, 2010

Sam HangSam Hang, of Lake Elsinore, caught a 5-pound-11-ounce Catfish measuring 18 inches long.

August 23, 2009

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

June 15, 2009

Mike Fuller (pictured here) of Lake Elsinore and Fred Richardson (not pictured) of Sunday City caught a couple of Wipers Monday morning with the largest weighing in at 10 pounds and 25 inches. An extra bonus for Mike was catching several Channel Catfish, with an average size of 5 pounds.

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April 1, 2009

Derksyn Hooper and Marco BirdoDerksyn Hooper of Compton and Marco Birdo of Gardena showing seven of the twelve Crappie caught this morning at Elsinore West Marina.

March 26, 2009

Chris NickersonChris Nickerson of Hemet bagged these five Largemouth Bass. The total fish averaged 3 pounds each.

March 19, 2009

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