DIAMOND VALLEY: A new lake record redear was caught here early this week when Jesse Mena, Hemet, landed a 4.72-pounder fishing a nightcrawler. The bluegill and redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish showing along the dams and from the shoreline fishing area on meal worms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs. The bass bite is good to excellent with the fish all over the shallows in mid-spawn. Plastics, swimbaits, and jerk baits fished along the shorelines or dam in less than 10 feet of water are getting the most fish. Byron Hirata, Hacienda Heights, caught an 8.31-pound largemouth on a Senko off the west dam. Stripers are fair with most of the fish running five to 10 pounds and showing on swimbaits or sardines in the west dam area. Also some fish after trout plants on big swimbaits. Trout were planted Tuesday (1,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows) this week and the bite has been good around the launch ramp for three to seven pound fish on PowerBait, small jigs, and Roostertails. Few catfish reports. The launch ramp will close April 15 due to low water levels. Rental boats will remain available through the marina. Boats inspected and tagged “quagga free” at Diamond Valley are also allowed on Perris and Silverwood. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at (951) 926-7201 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at (951) 658-7410.
PERRIS: The bass bite has been good with the fish in late spawn mode with a lot of fish still shallow. Green and purple plastics have been the best. The water level is so low there is little shoreline structure, and the best action has been in the marina, off the dam, and the tire reef. The bluegill and redear bites are improving with the warm weather, especially in the marina and Bernasconi. Nightcrawlers and red worms have been the best baits. There were DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. The trout bite has been slow to fair along the west side of the lake from Sail Cove to parking lots 11 and 12 on PowerBait and Roostertails. Catfish slow. No striper reports. Water level has stabilized at around 1,544 feet, which will allow the last remaining launch ramp to stay open throughout the summer. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. During the process, the entire dam and Bernasconi Beach side of the lake, including the Bernasconi Beach parking area, will be closed to public access. (The closure includes the bicycle trail on the east side of the lake.) However, the recreation area will remain open, including access for fishing, boating, camping, and hiking. The west side of the lake will remain open. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina (951) 657-2179, state park (951) 940-5600.
SKINNER: The largemouth bass bite is very good with fish all over the shallows well into the spawn. Plastics have been the best bet, but swim baits and small reaction baits are also getting fish. A new lake record largemouth was caught March 23 when Ryan Block, Oceanside, landed a 16.2-pounder on a swimbait. Trout fishing has been fair to good with some trophy fish from the county plants. There was a county plant last week and a DFW plant two weeks ago. The best bite has been at Ramp No. 2 on PowerBait, Mice Tails, trout jigs, and small spoons and spinners. No more plants this season. The striper action is fair with early morning boils at the inlet and dam area, and then another flurry of action in the afternoon-evening. The stripers are showing on swimbaits or cut mackerel or chicken liver. The bluegill action is slow to fair with the best bite off the points on wax worms and meal worms fished alone or on small jigs. A few catfish are also showing, but they are getting little pressure. Information: store (951) 926-1505, marina (951) 926-8515, entrance kiosk (951) 926-1541.
ELSINORE: The catfish bite has been wide open since last Monday with excellent catches of one to three-pound fish and some bigger fish from five to 10 pounds. The fish have moved up tight to the shoreline and are showing all along the public shore fishing beach (La Laguna), the Elsinore West Marina area, and all over the lake for boat anglers. The best bite has been on frozen shad or Mack Bites (or other cut baits) fished beneath a bobber on a three-foot leader. But the key is to keep the bait only 20 to 30 feet from shore so the bait is on or near the bottom. Fly-lining the same baits is also a good bet. The crappie bite slowed way down with the fish moving out into 8 to 12 feet of water and not biting. There is a fair bite on largemouth, mostly in shallow water. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at (951) 642-0640.
CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed due to low water levels, but there will be several “special events” for the public during this closure.
RANCHO JURUPA: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Information: (951) 684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: The first catfish plant of the season went in last week and the bite has been very good since. Kyle Smith, Yucaipa, had a 6-8 catfish in the upper lake. The bass action is still good but the spawn in winding down. Bass are all catch-and-release. Some bluegill are beginning to show. Information: (909) 795-0171.
LITTLE LAKE: DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. Information: (530) 526-7937.
REFLECTION LAKE: No report. Information: (951) 654-7906.
JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: No report. No state fishing license required. Information: (951) 679-6562.