Southern CA Freshwater

Elsinore bass shallow and on shad

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jan 11, 2018

LAKE ELSINORE — There may not be a more tempermental lake anywhere in Southern California than Lake Elsinore, but when it’s good, few fisheries can be more fun. It seems the bass bite is decent at the moment, and Western Outdoor News reached out to an angler who spends a ton of time fishing Elsinore, and for an obvious reason.

LAKE ELSINORE BASS are shallow and on shad according to Nick Johnson (right) shown here with Jacob Pulido.

“The bass right now are generally shallow and feeding on shad,” said Nick Johnson of William’s Bait, Tackle and Boat Rental at La Laguna. “Any rocky shoreline we tried with gravel or chunk rock held fish, and crankbaits, spinnerbaits, small swimbaits and small shakey-head worms were the hot ticket. Everything was on a pretty slow retrieve since the water temp is between 55 and 60 degrees.”

Nick’s dad is William Johnson, another WON source and the leading ambassador for all things outdoor recreation at Lake Elsinore who happens to also be the owner of William’s Bait, Tackle and Boat Rental.

Nick added fishing for catfish has been pretty slow all over the lake, but big bluegill are starting to show up for anglers fishing a nightcrawler or minijig under a bobber.

For up-to-the-second information, give the shop a call at (951) 642-0640, or stop by when you’re in the area.

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