DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been good on plastics and swimbaits with the fish showing in water as shallow as four feet. The swimbait bite is best after DFG trout plants, and there was a stock on Tuesday last week. The striper bite has been fair, but quite a few fish from 6 to 12 pounds are showing on big swimbaits after the trout plants. Also some fish still being landed on cut baits, but these are usually smaller versions. The trout action has been pretty good in the marina after a Mt. Lassen plant two weeks ago, and the next Lassen plant is scheduled for March 15. PowerBait, PowerWorms, mini jigs and nightcrawlers have all been good baits. Catfish still slow. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. 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: There has been a fair to good trout bite in the east end of the lake with a number of limits posted, mostly on rainbow garlic PowerBait fished on light leaders in the parking lots 11 and 12 area. DFG plants last week and three weeks ago. The largemouth bite has been steadily improving with fair to good action in 10 to 25 feet of water on plastics and nightcrawlers fished drop-shot style. Top fish this past week was a 5-pounder reported by John Lindsey, San Bernaridno, off the marina docks. Nate Dray, Riverside, had three bass to 4.6 pounds on drop-shot plastics off the marina points. The redear and bluegill are still showing in 20 to 25 feet of water on trout worms, dillies, and small jigs in the marina, off the island, and in the east end, but this bite is tough. Regular Lorenzo Martinez, Moreno Valley, had a 1-pound bluegill on red worms off the marina docks. The park and marina are now closed on Tuesday and Wednesday each week (but anglers can still walk in or bicycle in on those days). The weekday closures will continue through March. Hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Marina hours 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: marina (951) 657-2179, state park (951) 940-5600.
SKINNER: The trout bite has been very good since the county plant this past week. The best bite has been on PowerBait in rainbow, garlic and corn. Bright colors the best bet. Best spots have been in the coves between Launch Ramps No. 1 and No. 2. John Ecker, San Jacinto, had four rainbows with his top fish a 3-pounder fishing worms and Trout Mallows at Launch Ramp No. 2. There’s a fair bite on stripers at the inlet, Ramp No. 2 and east end on chicken livers or other cut baits, but the fish are mostly small. The largemouth bass bite had been steadily improving with fish moving shallower each warm day. Eric Stephans, Vista, had a 6-pound bass. A few bluegill are starting to show on meal worms, nightcrawler pieces and red worms. No catfish, crappie or carp reports. Information: store (951) 926-1505 or marina (951) 926-8515.
ELSINORE: It looks like some of the bites are finally starting to turn around here, or were before Monday’s storm. The catfish were finally starting to show in better numbers, and a few bluegill were beginning to be caught. Overall, still pretty tough fishing with light fishing pressure. For more information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at (951) 642-0640 or go to williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA LAKE: The action on rainbow trout remained hot over the past weekend, and hefty stocks of Sierra Bows this week should keep the action good right through the end of the annual tagged trout event, which runs through March 4. Tagged trout are worth up to a $144 value. The bite has been good on a wide range of floating dough baits in bright colors, and the “mouse” combos with a floating bait head and a trout plastic or nightcrawler tail have also been very good. Small jigs and trout plastics have also been good bets, and adding a garlic scent to all the different baits or lures had been a good idea. Top fish this past week was a 9.25-pound rainbow landed by Shon Roberts, Corona, that topped off a five-fish, 26-pound stringer caught while fishing from a boat. An eight-pound rainbow was landed by David Ramirez, Corona, and a 7-pounder was caught by Joe Hamlin, Fullerton. Ryan Shearer and Mike Merriam, both Yucaipa, had eight trout for 27.5 pounds, including a 7.5-pounder, while float tube fishing. Chriss, Adam and KC Koda, all Moreno Valley, had a 10-fish trout stringer that weighed 24 pounds and included a 5.5-pounder. Anthony and Michael Gonzalez, both Corona, had 12 rainbows for 17.75 pounds, while Drew Clavser, Wildomar, landed five rainbows for a 16-pound total, including a 4-pounder. No state fishing license is required here. Information: (951) 277-3321 or fishinglakes.com.
EVANS LAKE: Slow fishing with just a few bass on small reaction baits. Panfish, catfish and carp all very slow. Trout will not be planted in the lake this year because of fears the plants could somehow harm endangered Santa Ana River suckers below the small lake.
RANCHO JURUPA: Good trout action after a DFG and county plants last week. Next county plant set for March 9. Top fish reported was a 4.16-pounder landed by Diego Rodriguez, Riverside, to top off his four-fish stringer, all on PowerBait. Steve Blanco, Riverside, also had four trout and his best was a 4-pounder. Alex Corbin, Riverside, had four rainbows to 3.6 pounds, while Gustavo Gonzalez, Upland, landed five rainbows including a 3.6-pounder. John Walsh, Jurupa Valley, had a 3-pound rainbow to top off his five-fish limit. The best action has been on PowerBait and PowerMice. Other species are mostly slow, but Joe Smith, Riverside, landed a 15-pound carp on a nightcrawler. Also the occasional catfish and bluegill are being landed. Information: (951) 684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Fair to good trout action, and a plant went in last week. Plants are every two weeks the rest of the season, with derbies the Saturday following the plant. Information: (909) 795-0171.
LITTLE LAKE: Fair to good trout action, with DFG plants this week and two weeks ago. A few catfish and bluegill are also being landed. Entrance fee is $10 per person, with a $3 per angler fishing fee. Kids ages 5-12 pay only a $5 entry fee. Kids under 5 only have to pay the fishing fee if they fish. A state fishing license is required to fish here and regular state limits apply. The lake phone is (530) 526-7937.
REFLECTION LAKE: Information: (951) 654-7906 or reflectionlakerv.com.
JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: Trout action is very good to excellent on fish averaging 1-4 to 2 pounds and some to 3 pounds. Best bite on Power Bait. Catfish slow. The lake is open only on weekends. No state fishing license is required to fish here. Information: (951) 679-6562 or (951) 259-2021.