DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite is still pretty good but the fish are mostly in a post-spawn mode but still shallow in five to 15 feet of water along structure or suspended, mostly on the points. Swim baits, Senkos, plastic worms are all good baits. The striper bite is fair with only a few fish from 3 to 6 pounds this week along west dam and shoreline fishing areas on swimbaits and sardines. Trout have been fair after and a Mt. Lassen plant two weeks ago and DFW fish three two weeks ago. Best action on Roostertails, Kastmasters, and inflated nightcrawlers. Panfish remain good with bluegill and redear to two pounds reported at the dams and shoreline fishing areas on meal worms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs. Also some nice crappie showing. Brody Richardson, 5, Moreno Valley, landed a 1-12 crappie on a meal worm. Few catfish reports. The launch ramp official closed last week 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 fair to good this past week with the best bite on plastics or nightcrawlers in marina cove and around Alessandro Island. Most of the fish are three pounds or under. Arthur Macilo, Long Beach, had three bass to four pounds fishing plastics. Bluegill and redear are fair with some flurries of good action, especially at the island, tire reef, and Sail Cove. Jigs tipped with crickets are the best bait, but a few on nightcrawlers and red worms. Rich Culpepper, Desert Hot Springs, had four bluegill to two pounds in the marina on nightcrawlers. There was a DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. The trout bite has been slow along the west side of the lake from Sail Cove to parking lots 11 and 12 on PowerBait and Roostertails. Catfish slow. 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 catfish bite has broken open this week with the warm weather. Cut baits, especially chicken liver and anchovies, are getting a lot of fish at the dam, most coves, along the south shoreline, and by Ramp No. 2. Angel Vasquez, San Diego, had eight catfish to 12.2 pounds fishing chicken liver at Ramp 2. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good showing on topwater, jerk baits, and other reaction baits on the points. Lots of two-pound class fish. Alex Cruz, Temecula, had a 4.2-pound bass on a nightcrawler. Trout fishing has been slowed to fair. The final county plant of the season was over a month ago, but the DFW planted trout last week and three weeks ago. The best bite has been at Ramp No. 2 on PowerBait, Mice Tails, trout jigs, and small spoons and spinners. Allison Norton, Redlands, landed three bass to 3.4 pounds on the north shore. 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 best on swimbaits or cut mackerel, chicken liver, or nightcrawlers. The bluegill action is slow with the best bite off the points on wax worms and meal worms fished alone or on small jigs. Information: store (951) 926-1505, marina (951) 926-8515, entrance kiosk (951) 926-1541.
ELSINORE: The catfish bite remains slowed a little with the weekend cold front, but the action was coming back on this week for one- to three-pound fish and some bigger fish from five to 10 pounds. The fish are still showing 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). Fly-lining the same baits is also a good bet. The crappie bite is still tough with only a few fish showing. 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 may be several special events for the public during this closure. Information on these events will be on the website at fishinglakes.com.
RANCHO JURUPA: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago. Information: (951) 684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: There was a catfish plant last Friday with a pretty good bite over the weekend, especially on shrimp-based baits. Nick Novoa, Redlands, landed a 9.5-pounder fishing mackerel in the upper lake. The catch-and-release bass action remains pretty good. Brandon Gomez, Mentone, caught and released a five-pound class bass. The next catfish plant will go in May 8. There are tagged fish in each plant and they are worth a free fishing permit, $25, or $50. Monthly big catfish prize is $25. Some bluegill are being caught. The lake is under new management. Information:( 909) 795-0171.
LITTLE LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two 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.