DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout action has been good. DFW plant this week and Mt. Lassen Trout are slated for next Tuesday (Feb. 18). The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, PowerBait, Roostertails, Kastmasters, and mini jigs. Mike Morton and daughter Haley Morton, 11, both Hemet, had trout at 8.6 and 6.71 pounds respectively fishing jigs from shore. The stripers are best right after the trout plants, especially the DFW plants. Anglers throwing trout-like swimbaits are having the most success, but trolling smaller swim baits or white flies has also been productive when the shad are up. Cut baits and small swimbaits tossed in shad boils are also good bets with most fish from four to six pounds, but some bigger fish are being reported. Mike Southerland, Mike Huang and Jun Jiao caught seven stripers totaling 35 pounds trolling white flies. The largemouth bass bite is slow to fair in deep water on drop-shot plastics and nightcrawlers fished in 12 to 30 feet of water with the fish moving up. Most are smaller fish under three pounds, but some bigger fish to 10 pounds have been reported. Some fish also come up each day to chase shad and trout. Few catfish or panfish anglers this past week. Boats inspected and tagged “quagga free” at Diamond Valley will also be 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 bluegill and redear bites improved this week on the backside of last week’s storm fronts. The best action is still in deeper water off the marina docks on red worms with a few on jigs and the fish are running up to a pound and just over. Lorenzo Martinez, Moreno Valley, had 10 redear to 1.1 pounds on red worms, while Charles Lee, Moreno Valley, had seven redear to 1.2 pounds on red worms. Both anglers were fishing off the marina docks. Trout have continued to be fair to good with plants last week and slated for next week. Lots 11 and 12 continue to be the best areas and small spinners and trout spoons have been the best bet. The bass have been spotty but fish are nosing up into shallower water and showing on plastics in six to 25 feet of water. Also some bigger fish showing on trout-like swimbaits. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina (951) 657-2179, state park (951) 940-5600.
SKINNER: The striper bite has continued good this past week, and the best action continues to be on the live shad. Flicker Shad or similar lures are also producing a few fish. The fish are on top working bait and fishing in the top five feet of the water column in the east end and along the north shore has been the best bet. Most of the fish are one to three pounds, but some bigger fish are showing. Tony Alverez, Hemet, had three stripers to eight pounds on Flicker Shad, while Hudson Perrenoud, Redlands, had two stripers to six pounds. The largemouth bass are fair with some fish still in 10 feet or less of water. Angela Percia, San Diego, had a 3-8 bass on a purple plastics in the east end close to shore. The catfish action remains slow to fair with a few showing in deep water. Other species very slow. Information: store (951) 926-1505 or marina (951) 926-8515.
ELSINORE: Few reports. Only a few catfish reported, but that bite has been picking up. The fish are in deeper water on nightcrawlers and Mack Bites. The carp bite is slow but a few smaller fish are showing on dough bait. The crappie, bluegill, largemouth, and wiper bites are very slow. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at (951) 642-0640.
CORONA: Fair trout action, but big trout continue to show each week. The best this week was a 14-8 landed by Chris and Nicole Earl, Elsinore, on garlic chartreuse PowerBait at the dam. Pedro Velasquez, Riverside, had a 14-pound rainbow on a Mice Tail. Couple of big odd-ball catches this week. A 20-8 sturgeon was landed by Chaz Mondello, Rancho Cucamonga, fishing for catfish with mackerel, while Chance Soung, Murrieta, caught a 17-pound carp fishing for trout with PowerBait. Trout are planted each Thursday and blue catfish are now being planted each Wednesday. Information: (951) 277-4489.
RANCHO JURUPA: DFW trout plants last week and next week. Information: (951) 684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Slow trout action, but fish are expected to be added by Friday, Feb. 21. Information: (909) 795-0171.
LITTLE LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and next week. Information: (530) 526-7937.
JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: Good trout action with monthly plants. The bite is best on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers with scent added. The lake is open Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays. No catch and release allowed. No state fishing license required. Information: (951) 679-6562.