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Ken A
491 posts
June 25, 2008
Water: 75
Clarity: stained north; clear by dam
Level: 65%
3 day fishing trip
Got a chance for a mid week camping and fishing trip to San Antonio. We camped on the North Shore. Got up there mid morning on 6/25 and got the morning and evening bite. On Thursday and Friday we got the early morning bites while the rest of the day was set aside for relaxing and boating with a group from work.
The morning bite seemed to be the thing and we did good with top water, taking them on poppers and buzzbaits. We did good through the day with small cranks and dropshot worms and Senkos. We got mostly largemouth but caught a few smallmouth also. We stayed mostly on the north side of the lake but didn't get much in the stickups, although we got a couple of catfish on a brush hog and a senko. Working the rocky shorelines and points seemed to be the best with most fish taken really shallow.
The water level is way down and most of the coves we are used to fishing are high and dry. Harris creek is about the only way to get off the main lake besides the stickups on the north side. That whole area is only 3 to 4' and some of the shallower water comes up fast with lots of islands exposed. Cemetery Cove was unaccessable because of the sandbars. Water is stained with less than a foot of visability and some floating algae to the north, but clear by the dam and Harris Creek.
I had a great relaxing trip with a good number of fish caught and too much to drink around the campfire!

fish elsinore
0 posts
June 26, 2008
Water: 68
Clarity: poor
Level: 1244
Lake Elsinore Fish Report
What Bites in Lake Elsinore

Lake Elsinore has 3,200 surface acres and said to be is the largest natural freshwater lake in So. Calif. and is classified as a Warm water Fishery. Species found in this lake are Largemouth Bass, White & Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown, Bullheads & Channel Catfish & Threadfin Shad with Hybrid Stripped Bass and trout (seasonal)stocked.

North end was active with water temp 65-68

Striped Bass still are hitting good on fly line shad.

Crappie taking jigs in the early morning

Catfish I heard were found liking stink bait, shrimp enhanced with garlic, Catfish ave. come on spawn at the old state park

Carp of all sizes are found in shallow taking dough baits

Emily Crisan, LEMSAR #8
Lake Elsinore Marine Search And Rescue
Cat Fishing R US
Robert Glass

9885 posts
June 16, 2008
Water: 76-78
Clarity: 2-8
Wind: 5
Secrets of the rubber frog
Arriving at the lake around 11am this morning I noticed instantly the change in water color. Most of the lake is now a chewy green color with 2-3 foot visibility at best. Talking to a guy at the boat ramp he said trout fishing was terrible. When the water temp gauge went in, I was intrigued to see it register 76, and later hit 78. Air temps were 85+. Summer is here.

Once again I threw the frog. For 2 hours, catching nothing. A 4lber blew up on a bluegill 20 feet in front of the boat just to taunt me. After that initial beat down I threw swimbait some. I had one good solid whack that didn't stick.

By now it's like 2pm and nothing to show. I picked up the frog again and cast it around with little confidence. Then, without warning, a completely suicidal bass came barreling through the grass with its back half out of the water to devour Mr. frog :) The fish was hot and dove straight down in to grass growing in 15' of water. After some see-sawing she went in the net. My best frog fish at 6.45lbs :)

Encouraged, I continued with the frog (Bobby's Perfect) and had good success the rest of the afternoon. The next fish was a 3.9lber that rolled on it once, then ate it on the next cast. Next, a 3.8lber that again attacked the frog with reckless abandon. After those 3 nice fish the small ones moved in and I did three 2lbers almost in a row.

The fish shut off as the sun got lower in the sky. I watched a bald eagle fly by, and had a water snake of some sort try to eat my frog at the boat. Was entertained by a blue heron that grabbed a foot long bullhead and speared it repeatedly with its bill up on shore. I was dying to fish the evening bite but had to leave. Tonight at sunset - it's gonna be slammin.

I heart frog




9885 posts
June 6, 2008
Water: 71-73
Clarity: 4-6
Wind: 10-15
Turned tough at Margarita
Hit the lake on Friday from 10am to 3:30pm. Water is in the low 70's, with nice visibility and even more weed beds. It's not matted up frog style yet, but it's darn close.

I brought three rods today. Swimbait, frog, rattletrap. In the first 15 minutes I had a 4lber roll on the 9" Slammer but not eat it, the fish just turned at the last second and pushed the bait away. I tried the frog a ton, and finally found one that I have some confidence in after switching baits a few times. It's a bobby's perfect frog that walks the dog perfect.

All I could manage on the frog though was one weak bite from a 10 inch bass. It just felt like the bass were not shallow. I would fish a nice looking mat, then take the boat up to it and see if anything would swim out - and nothing swam out - ever.

So the next move was out in to 15-30' with swimbait, which produced one hit, but no stick. It was a weak bite as well. I found a 9lb bass floating dead on the surface. Too bad. There may be some topwater action happening early and late, but I didn't have time to stick around and find out.

Pretty tough couple hours out there. Lake needs time to settle down and get the fish in to a full summer pattern.

9885 posts
June 1, 2008
Water: high 50's
Clarity: 6-12
Wind: 5-10
Red hot rockcod & Cuda Bonus
My buddy Witold and I took the 3/4 day today on the Stardust. We drove down from the central coast early AM. There were 24 passengers on the boat, with some great fishing talent on board. Winds were up on the outside so we went to the dome.

I had a little problem in that I only had 300' of braid on my reels and we were fishing in 320 to 340. Doh. Randy lent us some gear and we got to fishing. It was about as stupid as rockcod fishing can get. Drop it down, count to 3, wait for the bite. We made two drifts and put 270 rockfish in the boat!!!

The number of 2lb green stripe and green spotted rock fish was astounding. There were some starry rockfish mixed in and a handful of boccacio and vermillions. 3 nice lings also came on board, with Cliff getting the biggest one on a 6" Big Hammer with a 3oz leadhead (I have no idea how he got that bait to the bottom). Considering the length of our drifts and the number of fish that were biting it was almost unimaginable how many must have been down there.

So we were done at 11:30am and Jason said - let's go look for barracuda down south. We drove down there and there was not much sign. Shearwaters, but not in the right zone and not working right. Out of the blue Jason gets on the PA and says, "I just ran over a huge school of barracuda get ready".

He stopped the boat and Randy hooked up first cast. Sick. They didn't charge the boat but we put the anchor down and started picking. The fish were a little shy, but there were definitely good numbers in the area. I hooked 5, broke off 1 on Big Hammer, and lost 3. Doh. Landed one finally on a Tady 45. The boat did 21 fish with many more lost or missed. It was fun, I dig barracuda fishing.

One tip. Braided line fully sucks for barracuda fishing. I had none of the right gear and we were fishing with 50 and 80 braid with leaders. If I had a 15 fluoro rod for big hammer and my 900L with 40lb mono and a Tady 45 like normal I think things would have been much better in the landing department.

Anyway, awesome trip. Weather was great, fishing was great. It was a blast.

Some photos...

Cliff and Randy with their lings (JP on the left)

Witold with barracuda

Me with barracuda

Typical sack of rockfish

9885 posts
May 25, 2008
Water: 68
Clarity: 3-6
Level: 1,300
Wind: 0-3
Quick Margarita Trip
We had a little May rain on Sunday, which got me interested in going to the lake. It was overcast, cold, and the winds were light. Water temps dropped about 5 degrees to 68 degrees with all the cool weather the past few days.

I didn't get to the lake until 3:15pm. Fished until about 7:30pm. Mixed between frog, spook, and swimbait. Still nothing on topwater. The fish seem very uninterested in small surface lures. My only bite came on the 9" all white slammer, a fish less than 3lbs.

Saw one 6lber sitting on a cleared off spot up shallow but it never came back. It was hard to see anything with the clouds.

The "Memorial Day Moment" came early on. Some guy fishing with a nightcrawler under a bobber hooks up a 2lb bass. Right away he's yelling for the world know he's on (and for the old lady to get the camera). She comes down for photos and fawning.

Next comes the argument about whether to keep the fish or let it go. Surprisingly the wife's vote to keep it (to show it to someone else) was overruled by the husband and he let it go. I'm heading down the bank when I hear a stream of cursing. In all the excitement, the dog had gotten out of the car, run down the shore and eaten the guy's hook (I assume this dog was hungry for nightcrawlers).

So there's the dog in a headlock, while the guy cusses out his wife for letting it get loose. Good times. I decided that was a good time to fire up and take off :)

Slammer bass

fish elsinore
0 posts
May 25, 2008
Water: 65
Level: 1244
What Bites in Lake Elsinore

Lake Elsinore has 3,200 surface acres and said to be is the largest natural freshwater lake in So. Calif. and is classified as a Warmwater Fishery. Species found in this lake are Largemouth Bass, White & Black Crappie, Bulegill, Brown, Bullheads & Channel Catfish & Treadfin Shad with Hybrid Stripped Bass and trout (seasonal)stocked.

Most recently stocked with 3200lb Hybrid Stripped Bass on April 24, 2008

North end was active with water temp 63-65

Striped Bass are hitting good on fly line shad.

Crappie taking jigs in the early morning

Catfish I heard were found liking stink bait,shrimp enhanced with garlic, Catfish ave. come on spawn at the old state park

Carp of all sizes are found in shallow taking dough baits

Lake Elsinore Search And Rescue

June 7 2008, Saturday

Free Fishing Day and Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby

9885 posts
May 16, 2008
Water: 74
Clarity: 4-6
Wind: 0-5
Hot weather - same fishing
Another trip to Margarita today. If I was smart I would have gotten up early and fished before it got supremely hot. Instead I arrived at the lake about 10:20am and fished until 6pm. It was blazing hot - I would think mid-90's.

Water is a little dingier now. Still clear though. I saw a lot of fish come up today and go on beds which was odd. The 2lbers were easy, but the bigger ones were hard. I spent a while on an 8-9lber that was spawning with a 4lb male. The male hit my bait a few times but I didn't set on him. I didn't have any of my bed fishing gear though I'm not sure it would have helped, the fish just wouldn't bite.

Along the way during the day I had three males that bit. I set on one of them and shook the other two off.

Did mostly swimbait fishing again. I had a 5.35 that rushed up out of no where and clobbered my bait right in front of the boat :) That was fun. There was some Slammer action today too. I had luck cranking it down and reeling it fast through the weeds. Those two bites went 4.35 and 4.90lbs.

There is an endless sea of bass food in the lake right now. Shad of all sizes, shiner minnows, bluegill by the thousands, baby bass, and trout. It's great to see the lake so healthy.




9885 posts
May 14, 2008
Water: 70-74
Clarity: 5-7
Wind: 0-5
More Margrita
Headed out to the lake today after class, arriving around 2pm. It was hot and calm. The lake continues to look beautiful and healthy.

After catching a 5lber last trip off a spot I have never caught a fish on before, I decided to start there today to investigate whether this was a fluke, or if perhaps it was actually a good spot. It took about 4 casts on the spot before I got smashed on mr. swimbait.

The fish came up and did a complete backflip out of the water. I was surprised to see how big it was! I wound her up to the side of the boat whereupon she went berserk and did another backflip at boatside - spitting my bait :( I've been hoping for a 10lb northern out of Margarita, and this was probably my shot. The fish was either a high 9 or a low 10. Dammit.

I fished around the rest of the afternoon for one bite, a 5.3lber that did not jump, but did decide to come in the boat :) I saw a few nice fish up shallow just cruising which was interesting. I managed to get a cast in front of one 3lber and it went crazy and attacked my bait before I could even turn the handle but I missed the fish.

In the evening I gave it my best shot at topwater. I even used a rapala skitter pop, which used to be terrific for 2lbers at Margarita. Not a sniff! I am the world's worst topwater fisherman.

Pretty well bummed not to get that big fish, but it was a beautiful day out there none the less.


9885 posts
May 9, 2008
Water: 69-71
Clarity: 5-8'
Level: 1,300.39
Wind: 0-7knt
Post spawn swimcricketing
Fished Margarita today by myself in the boat. I didn't get there until 11am, and fished until 7:45pm. The lake looks beautiful. The water is clear, the grass is growing like gangbusters, small bluegill and shad are showing, and it just looks like a bass paradise right now.

The first hour or so was slow. I saw some fish swimming around shallow but those fish were all very wary. Instead of wasting time looking I just went and fished. This resulted in a 6.1lber and another one around 5 that I missed. An hour later I got cracked good and got another decent fish that went 6.2lbs.

There was that thought that perhaps today would be the day to catch 25 or 30lbs, but instead I ran up the river - and it was lousy. I always go up there and seldom get anything. Guess I'm a main lake guy :)

Went back down and tried for topwater. Couldn't get it going. It was chilly out with wind from the ocean. Saw a nice spot where I've never caught a fish before but often tried. Today was the lucky day because I got a nice bite on it and got one more fish at 5.1lbs.

Along the way somewhere in there I caught a 2lber on a bed. There was another one that I could have got but didn't feel like spending more than 3 minutes on. Pretty nice day overall. I'm hoping for more topwater next time.





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