Fish Report-Freshwater, Jan. 7

DIAMOND VALLEY: DFW and Mt. Lassen rainbow trout planted two weeks ago. The previous plant by both entities was four weeks ago. The Mt. Lassen plant was 1,000 pounds and made at the east dam. The bite has been slow to fair along the shoreline around the marina and launch ramp and at both 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 two to four pounds, but some up to 6 pounds have been reported. Nightcrawlers and plastic worms have been best baits, but swimbaits still producing an occasional fish. Only the odd striper reported for anglers throwing swimbaits, but one angler had a pair of good fish around eight pounds in the rain Wednesday this week. 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: The trout bite has been slow to fair, and DFW trout were scheduled to go in this week, weather permitting. Last DFW plants were three and five weeks ago. The best action has been from Sail Cove to Lot No. 6 and around Alessandro Island with most of the fishing on Kastmasters, Roostertails, red worms, Mice Tails, and PowerBait. The fish are all pan-sized. The bass action has been fair in deep water (15 to 40 feet) on plastics and nightcrawlers, especially near the dam. Also some catfish showing from deep water around the island on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Panfish very slow right now, but some bluegill in the marina on meal worms fished right on the bottom early in the day. 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 striped bass bite came back on over the weekend with fair to good action for anglers dipping live shad early in the morning and fishing them along the north shore. Vance Carrera, Hesperia, used live shad to get an eight-pounder. Hurley Chandler, Lake Elsinore, had two stripers to 7-9 on shad. Both catches were made early. Other species have been slow with only the odd bluegill showing on nightcrawlers in 12 to 25 feet of water. A few largemouth bass continue to show in deep water along the north shoreline on plastics and nightcrawlers with some fish moving shallow during the afternoons. Catfish slow, but Samantha Puga, Long Beach, had a nine-pound catfish and a seven-pound striper, both on chicken liver in the east end. There have also been some half-pound rainbows showing around Ramp No. 2 and the DFW is scheduled to plant this week. Last plant was two weeks ago. Slow for catfish and carp. There will not be any county trout 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.

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