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


Last updated 6/7/2019 at 12:27am

LAKE ELSINORE – The city of Lake Elsinore released hundreds of channel catfish into the lake to boost its sportfishing industry in the morning Friday, May 31.

With each fish 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 to the city.

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,” city officials said in the release. “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, bluegill and black crappie and 23,032 pounds of channel catfish into the lake to entice anglers of all skill levels to enjoy Lake Elsinore.”

The fish arrived in time for the city’s annual Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby at the lake, which was held Saturday morning, June 1.

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Submitted by city of Lake Elsinore.


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