Riverside County 3/30/2012

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite has been good, with the fish flooding into the shallows for the spawn. The best action has been in 2 to 12 feet of water on jigs, plastic worms, Senkos and small swimbaits. Most of the fish are from 2 to 4 pounds, with some bigger. Matt Stoneman, Santa Ana, landed a 5.4-pound bass on a plastics. The trout bite has been slowing a little since the last Mt. Lassen plant on March 13, but DFG fish are slated for this week, which should improve the rainbow and striper bites. The trout have been best along the shore fishing areas with PowerBait, Power Worms, mini jigs, and nightcrawlers. Top rainbow this past week was a 12-pounder landed by James Meigs, Newport Beach, on a jig. Stripers have again been tough this week with only a few fish on cut baits or big trout-like swimbaits. The bluegill, redear and crappie bites are mostly slow with few anglers fishing for panfish right now. Catfish have also been slow with very few fish reported since the lake record 56.8-pounder caught the beginning of the month. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. For general lake and launch information, call (800) 590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental information, call the marina at (951) 926-7201, dvmarina.com; or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at (951) 658-7410, lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The bass action has remained very good, despite unsettled weather. The fish are mostly in 12 feet of water or less, with a lot of fish on beds and whacking jigs, plastics, swimbaits and spinnerbaits. Lance Freyer, Riverside, caught and released eight bass to 3.8 pounds on plastics off the marina docks. Paul Barnes, Orange, had a pair of bass in the 2-pound class on swimbaits. The trout bite has also been very good after a plant last week. The best bite has been in the east end, no more than 40 feet off shore on garlic Power Bait or inflated garlic nightcrawlers. The redear bite is still spotty, but a few anglers are getting into some quality fish out behind the island and in the east end in just five to 10 feet of water. Lorenzo Martinez, Moreno Valley, had eight redear on redworms, on the backside of the island. No carp or catfish reports. The park and marina are now closed on Tuesday and Wednesday each week (but anglers can still walk in or bicycle in on those days). The weekday closures will continue through March. Hours: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Marina hours: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: marina (951) 657-2179, state park (951) 940-5600.

SKINNER: The final county trout plant of the season went in last week and the bite has been fair with the fish cruising the shoreline. The best action has been on PowerBait in chartreuse, corn, garlic, and rainbow, trout plastics, and small jigs at ramps No. 1 and No. 2. The striped bass are fair to good at the dam, the inlet, and between ramps No. 1 and 2 on chicken liver and anchovies. Bowsoum ìPhilî Xayaomoth, Winchester, had five stripers to 3-8 on chicken liver at the dam. The best news is the largemouth bass have moved into the shallows and are on beds in most of the lake’s shallow areas. Nightcrawlers, plastics, blades and crankbaits are all working. Quoc Hunh, Van Nuys, had a pair of 2-pound largemouth on nightcrawlers between the two ramps. A few bluegill are starting to show on mealworms, nightcrawler pieces and red worms. No catfish, crappie or carp reports. Information: store (951) 926-1505 or marina (951) 926-8515.

ELSINORE: The big news is that William Johnson, Elsinore, landed four crappie on March 27 from 1 to 2 pounds on small crappie jigs, indicating this bite might finally be starting. A couple of other crappie were also reported. The carp bite has really picked up, with a lot of nice catches of fish on dough baits. The carp are running up to 8 pounds. Few catfish, bass or wipers are being landed, but the odd bluegill is showing. For more information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at (951) 642-0640; williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA LAKE: Excellent trout action this past week, with the best action on bright-colored floating dough baits, Mouse Tails and jigs. Pink has been a hot color. The top fish weighed in at 17 pounds and topped off a three-fish stringer reported by Ken Fuller and Mike Willis, both of Los Angeles, fishing nightcrawlers on the right side of JD’s Point. Chris Oliver, Corona, landed a 10.5-pound rainbow at the dam on green floating bait, while Ronald Jones, San Bernardino, caught a 10-4 on white dough bait with red glitter near the boat ramp. Shon Roberts, Corona, had a 10-pound rainbow fishing a white Lip RipperZ jig from a boat. Paul Rodriguez, Fontana, had six trout on chartreuse floating bait from the dam shoreline that weighed 26 pounds, and his stringer was topped off with a nine-pounder. Chad Homan, Escondido, landed two rainbows at nine and 6.5 pounds on pink Mice Tails at the dam. Erick Agosto, Eastvale, landed two rainbows with an 8-15 his top fish, both on pink Power Bait. Kurt Nelson, Lake Elsinore, had three trout for a total of 13.5 pounds, and his best fish was an 8-8, all on Lip RipperZ jigs. The crappie continue to show in the south end of the lake in the flooded brush with fish up to 2 pounds or better reported on small jigs. The catfish bite is really kicking into gear after a plant of blue catfish this past week. The few anglers targeting the cats are seeing good action on nightcrawlers and cut baits. Reggie Cauley, Carson, had four catfish for 20.5 pounds total, including one fish at 13 pounds. Trout plants are weekly. No state fishing license is required here. Information: (951) 277-3321; fishinglakes.com.

EVANS LAKE: Few reports. But a few bass are showing on small reaction baits and plastics with the fish are starting to cruise the shoreline. Panfish, catfish and carp all very slow. Trout will not be planted in the lake this year, because of fears the plants could somehow harm endangered Santa Ana River suckers below the small lake.

RANCHO JURUPA: The trout action has been good since plants of both county and DFG fish last week and three weeks ago. The best action has been on PowerBait and PowerMice. Other species are mostly slow, but an occasional catfish, carp, or bluegill is being landed. Information: (951) 684-7032.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Fair to good trout action after last week’s plant. Plants are every two weeks the rest of the season with derbies the Saturday following the plant. Warmwater species are also starting to show in better numbers as the water temps climb. Information: (909) 795-0171.

LITTLE LAKE: Fair to good trout action with DFG plants this week and two weeks ago. A few catfish and bluegill also being landed. Entrance fee is $10 per person, with a $3 per angler fishing fee. Kids five to 12 pay only a $5 entry fee. Kids under 5 only have to pay the fishing fee if they fish. A state fishing license is required to fish here and regular state limits apply. The lake phone is (530) 526-7937.

REFLECTION LAKE: Information: (951) 654-7906 or reflectionlakerv.com.

JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: The catfish bite has been good to excellent after the first plant of the season March 22. The action is very good on nightcrawlers, with the fish averaging about 2 pounds. The trout are few and far between now. The lake is open only on weekends. No state fishing license is required to fish here. Information: (951) 679-6562

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