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Lake Elsinore to release more than 4,500 pounds of catfish into lake


Last updated 6/2/2019 at 11:13am

LAKE ELSINORE - The City of Lake Elsinore announced it will release hundreds of channel catfish into the lake to boost its sportfishing industry in the morning of Friday, May 31.

With each weighing between 2 and 10 pounds each, a total of 4,500 pounds of fish from Golden State Bait will be released at a cost of $20,000.

According to the press release from the city, Lake Elsinore is the largest natural, freshwater lake in Southern California.

“As part of ensuring Lake Elsinore is the ultimate lake destination, the city is committed to ensuring a healthy sports fish population,” the release stated. “Since 2016, the city has invested heavily into its fish stocking program, spending more than $173,000 to plant more than 23,000 heads of Redear Sunfish, Blue Gill and Black Crappie and 23,032 lbs. of Channel Catfish into the lake to entice anglers of all skill levels to enjoy Lake Elsinore.”

The fish will arrive in time for for the city’s annual Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby.

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