Fish Report-Freshwater, June 17

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DIAMOND VALLEY: Light fishing pressure with the boat ramp closed, but the bass bite has been fair to good for anglers fishing plastics in 20 to 30 feet of water off the points and along the dams. The best action is early and late in the day. Most of the fish are one to two-pound class, but some fish to 5 pounds. The striped bass have slowed over the past week, but some fish are showing on cut baits in deeper water and a few on swimbaits early and late in the day. Catfish are good for the few anglers targeting the cats with cut baits and nightcrawlers and the average size has been from 2-8 to five pounds. Bluegill and redear are good, but most of the shallow fish are small, under three-quarter pounds, but a few bigger fish are showing from deeper water. Meal worms, wax worms, crickets, are all good baits, but small jigs are also getting fish. 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: The bluegill and redear bites are good around the island on red worms, meal worms, wax worms, and small jigs. Most of the fish are in 12 to 25 feet of water with some fish up to a pound or better. The largemouth bite is fair along the north shore and at the water tower on plastics. Mark Settles, Moreno Valley, landed a 13-pound bass in Sail Cove on a crawdad. Other species very slow. The launch ramp will 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 catfish bite has been good to excellent in all of the coves again through the past week. The cats are showing on cut baits and nightcrawlers in five to 10 feet of water, and there was a recent stock of cats at the launch ramp. Top fish this week was an 18-pounder that topped off at stringer landed by Cam Miller, Temecula, on anchovies near Ramp No. 2 from a canoe. Michael White, Temecula, had a 8.9-pounder, also on anchovies. The striped bass bite slowed this past week with only a few fish showing in deep water at the inlet on chicken liver, anchovies. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good in the mornings on frogs and surface baits early and then plastics, nightcrawlers, with some cranked fish. The bluegill bite improved this week in the coves close to reeds. Travis Smith, Oceanside, had a 1.9-pound bluegill on a redworm east of the marina. Carp good, but getting little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Good catfish action continues for three to 10-pound fish, with an occasional bigger fish. The fish are still showing 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). There is a fair bite on largemouth tight to shoreline on nightcrawlers, plastics, and cranks with the best action early in the mornings or late evenings. Crappie and bluegill remain very slow. 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 may be several special events for the public during this closure.

RANCHO JURUPA: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: 951-684-7032.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Catfish action has been fair to good after last week’s plant, especially for anglers fishing shrimp-based baits. There will be a plant this Friday. The twice-monthly derbies are back, being held the Saturdays after the catfish plant. Top prize is $75. Check with the store for details. There are also tagged fish in each plant, and they are worth a free fishing permit, $25, or $50. Monthly big catfish prize is $25. There is also a monthly drawing for a free fishing permit (anglers just add their name and phone number to the back of permit and drop it off at the general store). Weekend derbies will start in mid-June. Some nice bluegill are being caught, and a few bass are showing for the catch-and-release anglers. Information: 909-795-0171.

LITTLE LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 530-526-7937.

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