Fish Report-March 26

DIAMOND VALLEY: Mt. Lassen rainbows and DFW rainbows went in last week, and the trout action has been good from the shore on PowerBait, mini jigs, and Roostertail. Quite a few fish from 3 to 5 pounds. The largemouth bass bite is very good with the fish well into the spawn in five to 15 feet of water or less. The bite is best on plastics, Senkos, and swimbaits along all the shorelines and off the islands. The striper bite slowed down this week, but a few fish from five to six pounds are showing on trout-like swim baits, cut baits, and spoons. Most of the fish are showing off the west dam or shoreline fishing areas right after the trout plants. There continue to be some toad redear being caught with the fish running from one to three pounds, most on nightcrawlers, from shore. The launch ramp will close April 15 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 or

PERRIS: The bass bite has been good with the fish in late spawn mode with a lot of fish still shallow. Green and purple plastics have been the best. The water level is so low there is little shoreline structure. Ray O’Tool, Moreno Valley, had a 7-8 bass drop-shotting a plastic off the island. The bluegill and redear bites are improving with the warm weather, especially in the marina. Nightcrawlers and red worms have been the best baits. There were DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago. The trout bite has been slow to fair. The rainbows are working the whole west side of the lake from Sail Cove to parking lots 11 and 12. While catfish and striped bass are slow, there was a 32-2 striper landed by Mike Vergini, Granada Hills on a swimbait outside the marina. 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 largemouth bass bite is very good with fish all over the shallows well into the spawn. Plastics have been the best bet, but swim baits and small reaction baits are also getting fish. Trout fishing has been fair to good with some trophy fish from the county plants. There was a DFW plant last week and county fish are scheduled for this week. The best bite has been at Ramp No. 2 on PowerBait, Mice Tails, trout jigs, and small spoons and spinners. There were two trout at seven pounds landed, one by Luis Garcia, San Jacinto, and the other by Trevor Williams, Banning. Both anglers were using small jigs. The striper action is fair with early morning boils at the inlet and dam area, and then another flurry of action in the afternoon-evening. The stripers are showing on swimbaits or cut mackerel or chicken liver. Kimberlin Brown, Fallbrook, had four stripers to nine pounds. The bluegill action is fair and improving with the best bite on the points by the Shaven Rock. Best bite has been on wax worms and meal worms fished alone or on small jigs. A few catfish are also showing, but they are getting little pressure. Information: store (951) 926-1505, marina (951) 926-8515, entrance kiosk (951) 926-1541.

ELSINORE: The catfish bite broke wide open on Monday this week with a hot bite on one to 2 1/2-pound catfish, and some to eight pounds, on cut baits of just about any stripe. The fish have moved up tight to the shoreline and are showing all 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 shad, shrimp, mackerel, or other cut and blood-type baits fished beneath a bobber on a three-foot leader. But the key is to keep the bait only 20 to 30 feet from shore so the bait is on or near the bottom. The crappie bite is still spotty, but the fish being landed are real quality slabs running from 1-8 to 2-8. Rick Snyder, Corona, had crappie at 2-8 and 2-12 this past week fishing live shad three feet under a bobber. Most of the fish are showing on 1/16th-ounce or lighter jigs fished beneath a bobber with a 2 1/2- to three-foot leader. There is also a fair bite on largemouth, which are in full spawn mode. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at (951) 642-0640 or go to

CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed due to low water levels, but there will be several “special events” for the public during this closure. Information on these events will be on the website (

RANCHO JURUPA: DFW trout plant last week and four weeks ago. County plants are twice a month. Information: (951) 684-7032.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: The first catfish plant of the season was slated for this week. A few catfish are already being landed. The last trout plant was over a month ago, and that bite is very slow. The bass action is very good with the fish all over the shallows for the spawn. Bass are all catch-and-release. Some bluegill are beginning to show. Information: (909) 795-0171.

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

REFLECTION LAKE: No report. Information: (951) 654-7906 or

JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: No report. No state fishing license required. Information: (951) 679-6562.

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