Fish Report-Freshwater, May 6 ed

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite is still pretty good but the fish are mostly in a post-spawn mode in 12 to 25 feet of water along structure or suspended, mostly on the points. Swim baits, Senkos, plastic worms are all good baits. The striper bite is fair with only a few fish from three to six pounds this week along west dam and shoreline fishing areas on swimbaits and sardines. Trout have been slow to fair with no plants in three weeks. Panfish remain good with bluegill and redear to two pounds reported at the dams and shoreline fishing areas on meal worms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs. Few catfish reports. The launch ramp official closed last week due to low water levels. Rental boats will remain available through the marina. Boats inspected and tagged quagga free at Diamond Valley are also 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  or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at (951) 658-7410.

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. Bluegill and redear are fair with some flurries of good action, especially at the island, tire reef, and Sail Cove. Jigs tipped with crickets are the best bait, but a few on nightcrawlers and red worms. There was a DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago, but the bite has been slow along the west side of the lake from Sail Cove to parking lots 11 and 12. 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 surged back on during the full moon this past week with the fish showing on umbrella rigs, jerk baits, cut baits, and nightcrawlers in the east end. While most of the fish are one to four pounds, some bigger fish are showing. Stephen Cheang, Long Beach, had a 15-pound striper at 15 pounds fishing sardines at the inlet. Andrew White, Oceanside, landed a six-pounder on a Zara Spook in the east end. The catfish bite has been fair to good on cut baits, especially chicken liver and anchovies, at the dam, most coves, along the south shoreline, and by Ramp No. 2. Matt Donavan, Temecula, had a pair of cats to 4-8 on anchovies along the south shore. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good showing on plastics, nightcrawlers, with some fish on reaction baits. Lots of 2-pound class fish. Trout fishing has been slowed way down with warming water temperatures and no trout plants for two weeks. 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 five 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). The crappie bite is still tough with only a few fish showing. There is a fair bite on largemouth, mostly in shallow water. 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

RANCHO JURUPA: DFW trout plant two and four weeks ago. Information: (951) 684-7032.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: There was a catfish plant two weeks ago and the bite has been fair to good since on shrimp-based baits. Vichai Thao, Banning, landed a 6-1 cat on shrimp. The next plant will go in May 8. There are tagged fish in each plant and they are worth a free fishing permit, $25, or $50. Monthly big catfish prize is $25. Weekend derbies will start in June. Some bluegill are being caught. The lake is under new management. Information: (909) 795-0171.

LITTLE LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Information: (530) 526-7937.

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