Lake record blue catfish caught at El Capitan

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The 144 anglers checked at El Capitan Reservoir over the last week reported catching 582 largemouth bass, 1 bluegill, 21 crappie and 1 blue catfish.

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  • That blue catfish was a monster though, and at 50.85 pounds will qualify as the new lake record at El Capitan. It was caught by Marrow Kimble of Bonita, CA on Sunday, April 5th. Kimble reported catching it in the north end section of the lake on a piece of mackerel. The catch breaks the existing record of 48.25 pounds which was caught by Cameron Smith (who was fishing a bass tournament at the time) in March of 2013.

    Kimble was fishing with friend Caprice Pressly, and they combined to also boat a 38.7 pounder (pictured with Caprice on the right), and a 31.4 pounder on the same day. Kimble caught the 50 pounder on 15 pound line.

    The two also had a 41.5 pounder and 16 catfish between 8 and 20 pounds the previous Thursday.

    The launching conditions are good with the water level sitting at 71.74 feet below spill. The water temperature was not reported this week.

    El Capitan is still on its winter schedule, open for fishing Thursday through Monday weekly. Water contact activities (wakeboarding, water skiing, jetskiing, etc…) are allowed on Sundays only. The lake is completely closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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