Fish Report – Freshwater, April 10 ed

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 slowed down on the back side of the full moon, but a few fish to 6 pounds are still showing at the west dam and shoreline fishing areas on swimbaits and sardines. Trout have been fair to good after last week’s Mt. Lassen plant and DFW fish went in Tuesday this week (including browns). Next Lassen plant will be April 14. Lots of rainbows to 6 pounds showing on Roostertails and Kastmasters. Panfish remain good with fish to two pounds reported this past week at the dams and shoreline on meal worms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs. 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 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at (951) 658-7410 or

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 especially in the marina, the tire reef, the dam and off Bernasconi. Nightcrawlers and red worms have been the best baits. There was a DFW trout plant three 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 good with fish still mostly shallow. Plastics have been the best bet, but swim baits and small reaction baits are also getting fish. Savannha and Ayden Walde, Oceanside, had three bass to six pounds, while Doug Golec, Temecula, had a 4-pound bass. Trout fishing has been slowed to fair. The final county plant of the season was two weeks ago, but the DFW added fish this 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. Gabe Balcanu, Moreno Valley, had a three-pound rainbow on a nightcrawler. 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 good, showing on swimbaits or cut mackerel or chicken liver. The bluegill action is slow 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 good on 1- to 3-pound fish and some bigger fish from 5 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 eight 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-) 42-0640 or go to

CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed due to low water levels, but there will be several special events for thepublic during this closure. Information on these events will be on the website at 

RANCHO JURUPA: DFW trout plant this week and three weeks ago. Information: (951) 684-7032.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: The first catfish plant of the season went in two weeks ago. Still pretty fair catfish action. The bass action is still good but the spawn in winding down. Bass are all catch-and-release. Some bluegill are beginning to show. Trout have slowed way down. Information: (909) 795-0171.

LITTLE LAKE: DFW trout plan three weeks ago. Information: (530) 526-7937.

REFLECTION LAKE: No report. Information: (951) 654-7906 or

JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: No report. No state fishing license required. Information: (951) 679-6562. 

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