Fish Report-Freshwater, June 24

DIAMOND VALLEY: Light fishing pressure with the boat ramp closed, but the bass bite has been fair 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 five pounds. The striped bass have beem slow, 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 951-926-7201or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410.

PERRIS: The bluegill and redear bites are fair to 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, and some big fish continue to show. Best this week was a 9.8-pounder landed by Christopher Mitchell, Redlands, on a plastic worm in the marina, while Ruben Vang, Moreno Valley, had a 6.2-pounder in Sail Cove, also on a plastic. 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 10.9-pounder caught by James Swan, Escondido, on anchovies at Ramp No. 2. Bluegill have been fair to good across from the marina or East Bay. Most are showing on bobber-suspended baits in six to 10 feet of water. Robert Cassidy, Temecula, landed a 1.5-pound bluegill, while Gary Wright, Temecula, had a 1.4-pounder. The striped bass bite slowed more 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. 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. Next plant will be July 3rd. The twice-monthly derbies are back, being held the Saturdays after the catfish plant. The derby this past Saturday was won by Ollie Hinex, Redlands, with a 5-5 cat to claim the $75 top prize. She is also on track with win the biggest catfish of the month prize, worth another $25. Most of fish caught during the derby were 2-8 to 3-8. There are tagged fish in each plant, and they are worth a free fishing permit, $25, or $50. There is also a monthly drawing for free fishing permit (anglers just add their name and phone number to the back of the permit and drop it off at the general store). There is still fair bass action for the catch-and-release anglers with the best action on plastics and topwater baits early in the day. Also a few bluegill showing. Information: 909-795-0171.

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

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