Fish Report-Freshwater, May 20

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DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite has been fair with most of the fish in 20 to 30 feet of water and showing on plastics on the points. The stripers have been hammered by the weather changes with a little flurry of action one day and then nothing for two days. The few being caught are showing on swimbaits off the shoreline fishing areas and near the dams. A few on cut baits, too. Catfish slowed down with light pressure, and only a few bluegill and redear were reported. Trout very slow with most of the fish sounding to deep water. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels. 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.

PERRIS: The bass bite has been fair to good this past week with the best bite on plastics or nightcrawlers in marina cove and around Alessandro Island. Most of the fish are three pounds or under. The shad are up on the surface in the marina and around into Sail Cove morning mornings and the bass are chasing them. Bluegill and redear have been slow with the changing weather conditions. Only a few fish caught on nightcrawlers or crickets in deep water on the west side of the lake. Trout, catfish, carp are all very 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 striped bass bite has been fair with most of the action in 40 feet of water at the dam, inlet, and west of Ramp No. 2 on trolled white flies, swimbaits, or umbrella rigs fished in 40 to 50 feet of water. Some fish also on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Catfish are also fair at Ramp No. 2, in the east end, and along the whole south shoreline. Best action on cut baits, including chicken liver, shrimp, anchovies, and mackerel. Greg Worthy, Moreno Valley, had a 5.6-pound cat on mackerel off the south shore, while Zach Smith, San Diego, landed a 4.7-pounder on a nightcrawler at Ramp No. 2. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics, nightcrawlers, with some fish on reaction baits. Lots of two-pound class fish. Wendy Jenner, San Dimas, landed a 5.1-pound bass in the east end on a nightcrawler. Trout fishing has been very slow with warming water temperatures and no trout plants for over a month. The bluegill action is still slow with the best bite off the points on wax worms and meal worms fished alone or on small jigs. Information: store (951) 926-1505, marina (951) 926-8515, entrance kiosk (951) 926-1541.

ELSINORE: Good catfish action continues for one- to three-pound fish and some bigger fish from 5 to 10 pounds. 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, and some bluegill are starting to be caught. Crappie 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. Information on these events will be on the website at 
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: There was a catfish plant two weeks ago and the bite has been excellent since on shrimp-based baits. Shermond Johnson, San Bernardino, caught a 6-4 catfish from the upper lake with shrimp. The next plant will go Friday. There are 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 June. Some bluegill are being caught. Information: (909)795-0171.

LITTLE LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Information: (530) 526-7937.

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