DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been very good, with a lot of 2- to 6-pound fish showing in the past week, and many fish are already moving shallow and fanning out beds in preparation for the spawn. The best action has been on plastics, jigs and small swimbaits in water as shallow as 3 feet, but also out into 20 to 25 feet. The striper bite has been tough, with only a few fish showing on cut baits or trout-patterned swimbaits fished after the trout plants. The last DFG trout plant was two weeks ago. Lassen plant tentatively slated for this week, and DFG trout are also going in. Trout bite had been spotty until the plants this week with only a few fish showing on PowerBait, trout plastics or jigs, small spinners and inflated nightcrawlers. The bluegill, redear and crappie bites are all improving, but getting light pressure right now. 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: The largemouth bass bite is really starting to kick into gear, with the best action still in 6 to 20 feet of water. Quite a few quality fish are showing, especially in the east end where the shallows are warming up faster than the main body of the lake. Martin Sulsserry, Riverside, landed a 6.1-pounder on a Huddlestone at the launch ramp, while Marc Quintana, Rio Ranch, New Mexico, have five bass to 3 pounds on green plastic worms. The trout bite is also pretty good, especially in Lots 11 and 12, on inflated nightcrawlers and PowerBait. DFG trout plant last week. The redear and bluegill are mostly slow with a few 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. Catfish are slow, but a 17-10 flathead was caught by Pete Marino, Moreno Valley, landed on an ice jig. 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. to 8 p.m. Marina hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: marina (951) 657-2179, state park (951) 940-5600.
SKINNER: The trout bite has been good after a county plant last Friday, and the next plant is scheduled for March 23. Most of these rainbows are from 1 to 2 pounds, with a few bigger. Micahel Eddins, Sun City, had a 3-pound rainbow on a nightcrawler in the east end. James Widerman, Oceanside, landed a 2-pounder to top off his three-fish stringer landed on nightcrawlers at the launch ramp, and Henry Petrucci, Temecula, also landed a 2-pounder. The best bite has been on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers and Trout Mallows with garlic scent. The largemouth bass bite had been steadily improving this past week with many fish in less than 10 feet of water and already fanning out spawning beds. Quite a few fish to 4 pounds this past week on plastics, small jigs, and swimbaits. 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. 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: The carp bite has really picked up with a lot of nice catches of fish on dough baits. The carp are running up to 8 pounds. A few catfish are also being landed along with the odd bluegill, but overall the bite is still pretty tough. For more information, call William’s Bait, Tackle and Boat Rental at (951) 642-0640; williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA LAKE: Good to excellent trout action, and the catfish and crappie bites are also starting to kick into gear. The best rainbow landed this past week was a 17-8 caught by Lino Jubilado, Alhambra, with a trout worm while fishing from a float tube. Tim Rogers, Covina, had a 10-8 trout on a Panther Martin while fishing from shore, while Robert Chavez, West Covina, topped off his 10-fish, 21-12 stringer with a 9-12 rainbow. All were caught on green dough bait from a boat fishing mid-lake. An 8-pound trout was caught by Owen Delacruz, Lake Elsinore, fishing from the dam shoreline with yellow floating bait. Best stringer of the week was posted by Robert, Dolly, and Leo Miller, along with Henry Rodriguez, all of Harbor City. The four landed 20 trout for a total weight of 50.5 pounds with the best fish at 4-8. They were fishing from a boat with chartreuse and rainbow floating bait. Jeff, Trinity, Brian and Dan Delany, all Riverside, had 14 rainbows for 26-12. Gary, Robert, and John Sparks, all Corona, had 14 trout for a 24-8 total. 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. The crappie have been showing in the south end of the lake in the flooded brush with fish up to 2 pounds or better reported on small jigs, and the catfish action is also kicking into gear for anglers targeting the cats with cut baits. Steve Guardamondo, Mira Loma, landed a 27-10 catfish on nightcrawlers. The only plant of Lightning Trout this season is slated for this week. No state fishing license is required here. Information: (951) 277-3321 or fishinglakes.com.
EVANS LAKE: Few reports. But a few bass are showing on small reaction baits and plastics with the fish are starting to cruise the shoreline. 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 county plant on Friday and DFG fish also went in. The best action has been on PowerBait and PowerMice. Other species are mostly slow, but an occasional catfish, carp, or bluegill is 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. Warmwater species are also starting to show in better numbers as the water temps climb. Information: (909) 795-0171.
LITTLE LAKE: Fair to good trout action with DFG plants last week and three weeks ago. A few catfish and bluegill also being landed. Entrance fee is $10 per person, with a $3 per angler fishing fee. Kids ages 5 to 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: The trout bite remains pretty good, but no more plants this season. The fish are averaging 1-4 to 2 pounds, with some to 3 pounds. Best action on Power Bait. Catfish are slow, but the first load of channel catfish is slated to go in Thursday, March 22. The lake is open only on weekends. No state fishing license is required to fish here. Information: (951) 796-9507.
LOWER DESERT WATERS
SALTON SEA: The tilapia action has been just fair this past week, but winds have hampered fishing at times. Catches haven’t been the 10 to 30 fish catches or a couple of weeks ago, but most anglers are still getting two to five fish. The fish have been from .5-pound to 1.25 pounds, and the bite has been on small nightcrawlers pieces fished right on or near the bottom. All the reports right now are still coming from the jetty at the State Park headquarters and the free fishing jetty at the refurbished Salton Sea Yacht Club. Information: Visitor Center (open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) at (760) 393-3810, Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at (760) 393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at (760) 393-3052 (or mobile phone at (760) 331-9944).
ALAMO RIVER: No reports.
COACHELLA, HIGHLINE CANALS: No reports.
ALL AMERICAN CANAL: No reports.
FINNEY-RAMER: No reports.
WEIST LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: (760) 352-3308.
SUNBEAM LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
LAKE CAHUILLA: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Information: (760) 564-4712.