Fish Report-Freshwater, April 22

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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 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. Trout have been fair to good after and a Mt. Lassen plant last week and the DFW plant two weeks ago. 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 Last Chance Bait and Tackle at (951) 658-7410.

PERRIS: The bass bite has been fair this past week with the best bite on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are three pounds or under. Moses Cabral, San Bernardino, landed a three-pound bass at the dam on a nightcrawlers, while Logan Laroche, Lake Elsinore, landed a 2-5 on a Robo Worm off the islands. Bluegill improved this week, especially at the island, 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. Talton Gay, Inglewood, had a 1-8 bluegill on a red worm at the dam. There was a DFW trout plant last 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. Chris Reves, Mira Loma, landed a 10-2 bass on a wacky-rigged Senko in the east end, while Ruben Casillas, Murrieta, had a five-pound bass on a plastic worm off the point by Ramp No. 2. Trout fishing has been slowed to fair. The final county plant of the season was four weeks ago, but the DFW added fish this week and two weeks ago. The best bite has been at Ramp No. 2 on PowerBait, Mice Tails, trout jigs, and small spoons and spinners. Jennifer Brady, Oceanside, had a 3-8 rainbow on PowerBait off the north shore. 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. 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 remains good on one- to three-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.

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

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

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Both lakes are slated to be stocked this Friday (April 24) with catfish, and the lakes are open to fishing the day of the plant. There was also a plant four weeks ago. Shrimp-based baits have been the best bet for the cats and the bite has been fair to good. There are tagged fish in each plant and they are worth a free fishing permit, $25, or $50. Monthly big catfish prize is $25. Bass are all catch-and-release and the bite has been fair to good in the middle lake, which is accessible by small boats and float tubes. Some bluegill are being caught. The lake is under new management. Information: (909) 795-0171.

LITTLE LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and a plant is slated for next week. Information: (530) 526-7937.

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

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

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