DIAMOND VALLEY: DFW rainbow trout slated to be planted this week, and the state also brought trout two weeks ago. There was also a 1,000-pound plant of Mt. Lassen trout two weeks ago. The bite has been slow to fair along the shoreline around the marina and launch ramp. Also some trout showing at the 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 six pounds have been reported. Nightcrawlers and plastic worms have been best baits, but an occasional fish is still showing on swimbaits. Only the odd striper reported for anglers throwing swimbaits. 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: DFW trout plants last Friday and three weeks ago. The bite was pretty fair over the weekend on Kastmasters and Mice Tails off Perris Point. The fish are all pan-sized. The largemouth bass bite is fair on the west side of the lake and around the water tower. Most are suspended and showing on plastics, jigging spoons, and ice jigs, but drop-shot plastics and Senkos are also getting fish. The bluegill and redear are slow to fair with only a few reported early in the morning off the tire reef or marina docks on meal worms fished right on the bottom. No catfish reports. Nate Dray, Riverside, was fishing for bass with a plastic worm when he landed a 16-6 carp in the marina. 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 striper action lulled a little with the weather this past week, but a fair number of fish are still showing in the east end for anglers who have been able to dip some shad. Slow otherwise. The largemouth bite has remained fair and is probably the best bet right now for anglers fishing deeper water with plastics and jigs or the live shad. Ryan White, Perris, landed an eight-pound largemouth on a jig off the north shore, while Cory Snider, Murrieta, had a six-pounder on a nightcrawler at Ramp No. 1. Other species have slowed way down although a few nice bluegill and the odd catfish continue to show. Bethany Henderson, Lake Elsinore, had a 1-2 bluegill on a nightcrawler at Ramp No. 1. The marina reports DFW trout plants went in Dec. 16 (not the week before as the DFW on-line plant list said), and DFW has Skinner on the plant list again for this week. Overall slow action on the rainbows. There will not be any county 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.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Stocking every other week with catfish. Next stock this week. Information: 909-795-0171.