Fish Report-Freshwater, April 16 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. Andy Acevedo, Murrieta, caught a 7-5 bass on a Lunker Plunker. The striper bite is fair and improving with more fish from three to six pounds this week along west dam and shoreline fishing areas on swimbaits and sardines. Lawrence Snell, Perris, caught a 9-4 striper on a nightcrawler at the east dam. Jonathan Williams, Hemet, landed an 8-11 on a swimbait off shore. Trout have been fair to good after and a Mt. Lassen plant was slated for Tuesday this week and DFW trout (including browns) went in last week. Best action on Roostertails, Kastmasters, and inflated nightcrawlers. Mike Kelly, Valley Center, landed a 5-15 rainbow on a plastic worm. Panfish remain good with fish to two pounds reported at the dams and shoreline fishing areas on meal worms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs. Few catfish reports. The launch ramp official closed Wednesday this 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 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at (951) 658-7410 or

PERRIS: The annual Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for kids 15 and under in Sail Cove. The event is free with the park entrance fee and includes a free barbecue lunch, prizes, and raffles for the kids. For more info on this event, call (951) 940-5647. The bass bite has been fair this past week with the best bite on plastics or nightcrawlers. Bluegill improved this week, especially at the tire reef and along the north shore, but some fish are also showing in the marina. Also some redear showing in this bite. Nightcrawlers and red worms have been the best baits. There was a DFW trout plant this week. 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. 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. Hector Gonzalez, Pico Rivera, had a pair of bass to four pounds on nightcrawlers. Trout fishing has been slowed to fair. The final county plant of the season was three weeks ago, but the DFW added fish last week and is slated to put in another plant next week. The best bite has been at Ramp No. 2 on PowerBait, Mice Tails, trout jigs, and small spoons and spinners. Daniel Barrios, Moreno Valley, had three trout to four pounds fishing inflated nightcrawlers at Ramp No. 2. 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 or chicken liver. Steve Stark, Temecula, had three stripers to 6 pounds on shad at the inlet. The bluegill action is slow to fair 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 remains good on 1- to 3-pound fish and some bigger fish from five 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 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 or go to

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

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

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: The first catfish plant of the season went in three 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 plants this week and four weeks ago. Information: (530) 526-7937.

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