DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout bite is still fair after a 3,500-pound trout plant three weeks ago, and the next plant is tentatively set for April 11. The coves adjacent to the marina are still the best bets, and the trout are showing on small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails. The bite on largemouth bass is good. They are mostly tight to the shorelines for the spawn. Most are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers, but a few are still being caught on swimbaits. Gabe Stroope, Hemet, landed a 6.3-pound largemouth on a plastic lizard. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. The bluegill and catfish bites also starting to improve. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.
PERRIS: The largemouth bass bite has been good this past week as the fish are all over the shallows now with the warm weather. Best action on plastics and small swimbaits with fish to seven pounds reported this past week. The bluegill are starting to turn on with the warm weather, with the fish showing in the marina, at Sail Cove, and all over the east end on jigs tipped with meal worms and wax worms. Red worms, nightcrawlers, or crickets fished 6 to 8 feet under a slip bobber are getting some fish. Trout and catfish slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising at the rate of one vertical foot every 10 days right now. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, this Saturday. The event includes a free barbecue for the kids. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.
SKINNER: The largemouth bass bite has surged again over the past week with the fish still up shallow and many in mid-spawn. They are showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Fish to 6 pounds have been reported in the past week. The striper bite has been fair to good from the inlet to the north and the coves adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Shad, white jigs, and shad-like swim baits are the best artificials. Anchovies, chicken liver, and mackerel are the best baits. Patricia Salas, Temecula, landed a 5.9-pound striper on chicken liver at the inlet. The bigger bluegill are starting to show in 8 to 12 feet of water on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and jigs tipped with wax worms or Crappie Nibbles. Gabriel Granite, Moreno Valley, had a 1.4-pound bluegill on a nightcrawler across from the marina. Both the county and DFW stocked this past week. (It was the final plant of the season for the county. Who knows what the DFW will do?) Best action has been at Ramp No. 2 on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Catfish surprisingly slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: No report. The 6th Annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be May 5-6 with $15,000 in cash and prizes. For fishing and derby information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: Due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.
RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook.