Fish Report-Freshwater, Dec. 17 ed

DIAMOND VALLEY: There was a 1,000-pound plant of Mt. Lassen trout last week, along with DFW rainbows, and the bite has been fair along the shoreline around the marina and launch ramp. Also some at the dams. The best action has been on spinners, small trout spoons, or MiceTails. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair. Most of the fish are 2  to 4 pounds, but some up to six pounds have been reported. Nightcrawlers and plastic worms have been best baits, but an occasional fish is still showing on swimbaits. Only the odd striper reported for anglers throwing swimbaits. No other reports. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. 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: DFW trout plants this week, two weeks ago, and four weeks ago, and the fish are finally starting to show for anglers, mostly on SuperDupers and Kastmaster from Lots 11 and 12 to Sail Cove. The fish are all pan-sized. The largemouth bass bite is fair on the west side of the lake around the water tower. Most are suspended and showing on plastics, jigging spoons, and ice jigs. The bluegill and redear slowed way down with only a few reported off the tire reef or marina docks on meal worms and Mice Tails, and most of those have been small. No catfish reports. The launch ramp remains open. 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.) The recreation area remains 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 striper action has improved over the past week and the bite is fair to good, especially for anglers dip-netting live shad and using the candy bait for the stripers. Also some fish showing on umbrella rigs, swimbaits, or other reaction baits. Some quality fish in this bite. Top fish reported was a 9-2 landed by Mathew Smitz, Vista, on a sabiki rigt, while Scott White, Temecula, had three stripers to 8-5 on live shad. Top spots have been the east end, north of Ramp No. 2, and some mid-lake spots. Other species have been mostly slow, with just a few catfish and largmeouths showing. The catfish have been best on cut baits or the live shad. Mike Rios, Winchester, had an eight-pound catfish on live shad. The largemouth have been best in the east end on plastics and reaction baits. Small DFW trout plants went in last week and three weeks ago, but few trout are showing, and there will not be any county plants this season. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Slow fishing with few reports. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.

CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. 

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Stocking every other week with catfish. Next stock this week. Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook

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