Fish Report-Freshwater, Nov. 18

DIAMOND VALLEY: First 1,000-pound Mt. Lassen trout plant of the season went in Thursday last week, and DFW fish are slated to go in next week. Only a few trout reported with very light fishing pressure. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good when the bass are up chasing baitfish, and slow to fair action on plastics the rest of the time. Most of the fish are two to four pounds, but some up to six pounds have been reported. Nightcrawlers and plastic worms have been best when the fish are down, while rip baits, cranks, and topwater plugs are getting fish when they are chasing. Mike Morton, Hemet, had an 11.7-pounder on a Lunker Plunker. Only the odd striper reported for anglers throwing swimbaits. No other reports. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but 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 bites have all slowed down this past week, except for the bass which remain pretty fair on reaction baits. Kenton Smith, Redlands, landed an 8-5 bass on a swimbait in Sail Cove. And even before the DFW’s first trout plant of the season this week, the holdover rainbows were starting to show at the water tower. The bluegill and redear slowed way down with only a few reported off the tire reef or marina docks on meal worms and Mice Tails, and most of those have been small. A few catfish are showing off the north shore. The launch ramp remains open. 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.) The recreation area remains 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 bluegill bite broke open a little with the cooling water conditions with a fair bite. The fish are showing in 20 to 25 feet of water mid-lake on nightcrawlers and meal worms or small jigs tipped with bait. A number of fish to two pounds reported. The striper action has been fair for anglers throwing swimbaits, trolling umbrella rigs, or fishing baits at the inlet. Greg Smitz, Murrieta, had eight stripers to 9-9 fishing topwater lures off the main lake points, while his son Jeremey had two stripers to 6-7 on trolled plugs in the east end. The cats remain fair with most of the fishing showing in deeper water on cut baits. Cadence Salvatore, San Bernardino, had an 8-8 cat on mackerel in the east end. The largemouth bite has slowed down with only a few on reaction baits. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Light fishing pressure, but there continues to be a fair bite on catfish for anglers fishing frozen shad, shrimp, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, or Mack Bites. Slow other species. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Stocking every other week with catfish. Next stock this week. Information: 909-795-0171.

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