DIAMOND VALLEY: Mt. Lassen rainbows were planted Tuesday this week (2,000 pounds) and four weeks ago. The DFW also planted two and four weeks ago. The trout bite has been pretty good since Tuesday. Most are one- to two-pound class fish, but the Lassen plants always have a few bigger fish. Small jigs, Roostertails, and PowerBait have been the best for the trout. The striper bite slow to fair with four to six-pound fish showing on trolled flies and trout-pattern swimbaits. The best action has been off the west dam. The largemouth bass bite is tough, but the best action has been on plastics in 20 to 50 feet of water, but some fish are still showing near the surface early in the day chasing baitfish. Swimbaits are best for those fish. Around the islands and the inside of coves have been the top spots. The catfish and panfish bites are vert slow with light pressure on both species. 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 dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at (951) 658-7410 or lastchancetackle.com.
PERRIS: The DFW trout plant two weeks ago, but the action has been fair for the past couple of weeks. The best bite has been at the launch ramp, in the marina, and the whole west side of the lake from Sail Cove to parking lots 11 and 12. PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, small spoons, and trout plastics all getting a few fish. Joe Martinez, Norco, landed four rainbows, including a five-pounder, all on nightcrawlers in the marina. Al Rabones, Perris, also had four rainbows to two pounds on red worms in the marina. The largemouth bass are slow to fair light pressures. Most of the fish are in 30 feet or more and showing on plastics or swimbaits fished deep. Ray O’Tool, Moreno Valley, had a six-pound largemouth on a Brush Hawg at the dam. A few redear and bluegill continue to show in deep water along the west side of the lake in 50 feet or so of water, mostly on small jigs. 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 and largemouth bass have both been pretty fair this past week. The stripers are stacked up at the dam-inlet area and showing on cut baits, live shad, and topwater or jerk baits when the fish are up chasing bait. The largemouth bass are best all along the north shore and most of the points. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. The big news has been the budding bluegill bite at Ramp No. 1 and along the south shoreline. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, but a few fish also on jigs. The big fish was a two-pounder that topped off a four-fish catch made by Trevor Williams, Murrieta, on nightcrawlers at Ramp No. 1. A 1-8 was reported by Cody Grajczyk, Murrieta, also on a nightcrawler and also at Ramp No. 1. Catfish are also very slow. Still no word when DFW and county trout plants will resume here, but it’s rumored to be soon. Water levels are very low and boat anglers are cautioned about obstructions in the shallow coves in the east end of the lake. Information: store (951) 926-1505 or marina (951) 926-8515.
ELSINORE: Few reports, light fishing pressure. Slow fair bite on catfish for anglers using shrimp, mackerel, or fresh shad. No other reports. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at (951) 642-0640 or go to williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: Fair to good trout action with weekly plants. Most fish about a pound, but some bigger rainbows are being landed. Top fish this past week was a 13-pounder landed by Tony Araiza, Norco, on PowerBait at the dam. Nathan and Owen de la Cruz, Elsinore, had 16 trout totaling 38 pounds from the backside of the lake on nightcrawlers. While other species are slow, Andy Bellflower, Elsinore, caught and released a 34-pound sturgeon at the dam on PowerBait. The lake is open Friday through Tuesday and no boats or float tubes are being allowed until the water level comes up, including rental boats. There is also no 24-hour fishing yet this season. Information: (951) 277-4489 or log on at fishinglakes.com.
RANCHO JURUPA: DFW trout plant this week. Information: (951) 684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Trout plant went in four weeks ago and the bite is slow. Tagged trout worth up to $50 each were part of the plant. Also slow action on other species. Information: (909) 795-0171.
LITTLE LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Information: (530) 526-7937.
REFLECTION LAKE: No report. Information: (951) 654-7906 or reflectionlakerv.com.
JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: No report. No state fishing license required. Information: (951) 679-6562.