Fish Report, May 23 Ed

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has continued to be fair to good with the best action on drop-shot plastics, but the early morning and late evening reaction bait bite is also really turning on. Most of the bass are in the two to three-pound class, but bigger fish areshowing daily. Gabriel Holguin and Gabe Stroope, Hemet, teamed up to get a 9-4 bass on a Huddleston. Striped bass remain consistently good on trolled white flies with the fish running from four to seven pounds. Also some surface boils in the mornings and evening. Few catfish anglers this week, but the bite is fair on fish from three to six pounds on cut bais and stink baits. The bluegill and redear are fair on wax worms, crickets, and meal worms in six to 12 feet of water. Some over a pound. Few crappie, but Al Carbonara had a 1.99-pound crappie on a crankbait. 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 Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410.      

PERRIS: The panfish and bass bites have continued good. The bluegill and redear are best off the island and along the south shoreline on crickets, meal worms, wax worms and red worms with fish to two pounds. Sonny de la Torre, Riverside, caught and released 25-plus redear to two pounds fishing his homemade jigs off the island. The bass bite has been good on drop-shot plastics and reaction baits with the best bite early and late in the day. Ray O’Duel, Moreno Valley, had a 6-8 bass on a crankbait from the east end. There has also been a pretty fair trout bite after the DFW plant last week. Small spinners and jigs have been the best bet, and Sail Cove and the launch area are the top spots. Christopher Mitchell, Redlands, had a mixed seven-fish stringer of bass and tout in the marina, with his top fish a three-pound bass. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.     

SKINNER: The bluegill and redear bites surged back on this week with good action in four to 12 feet of water in most of the coves. The Ramp No. 1 area and across from the marina have been top spots. George Meyers, Murrieta, had four bluegill to 1-8 on wax worms. The striper bite has also come back on with pretty fair action this past week, especially in the coves by Ramp No. 2 and the inlet. Brando Alto, Temecula, had a five-pound striper on an anchovy at the inlet, while Dave Isaacson, Valley Center, had three stripers with the best a three-pounder, all on anchovies at the inlet. The catfish bite is also really taking off with a lot of fish showing on cut baits, but they had little pressure this past week. Catfish plants begin May 30. The largemouth bite also remains fair to good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits, and there has been some topwater action this week. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.     

ELSINORE: The catfish bite remains good with a lot of good fish from six to 10 pounds. Shad remains the best bait, but some are showing on cut mackerel and shrimp, too. A few carp on dough baits. The bite on bass, crappie, and bluegill, is slow. No wiper reports either. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.

CORONA: Good action on pan-sized catfish from two to three pounds. The marshmallow-meal worm combo, shrimp, and nightcrawlers have been the top baits. Russ Carr, Canyon Lake, had five cats totaling 19 pounds, including a five-pounder, fish shrimp at the dam. Steven Orozco, Norco, had five cats for a 14-8 total stringer on nightcrawlers off J.D.’s Point. Mike Rhoades, Corona, landed 10 catifhs that weighed 27 pounds total. Catfish plants are weekly. Night fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Information: 951-277-4489.

RANCHO JURUPA: No recent plants. Information: 951-684-7032.     

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Catfish plant this Thursday. The catfish bite had only been fair before this stock, but Gilbert Godinez, Cherry Valley, had a 4-8 cat on chicken liver from the middle lake. The bass bite remains very good for catch-and-release anglers. Lots of two-pound class fish on reaction baits and plastic worms. Information: 909-795-0171.     

JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: Catfish season kicking off soon. Check with the lake. The lake is open Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays. No catch and release allowed. No state fishing license required. Information: 951-679-6562.  

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