DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout bite has surged since last Friday’s 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows. The best action has been in the coves adjacent to the marina for shore anglers, and the action has been best on small jigs, MiceTails, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers with garlic. Some fish to five pounds reported and many are solid two pounders. The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is also fair with light fishing pressure. Fly-trolling or big swimbaits have been the way to go. Chris Hugunin landed a pair of stripers are 17.71 and 10.66 pounds this week. The stripers have been showing at the inlet-outlet tower, around the marina, and along the west dam. The largemouth have been showing on the trolled flies or swimbaits in umbrella rigs or on drop-shot plastics in deeper water. A few have also some on big, trout-like swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow, but guide Mike Southerland, Hemet, caught a 3-pound class bluefill fly-core trolling Wednesday. 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: Overall, this pretty slow fishing with very light fishing pressure. There was a DFW trout plant — the first of the season ñ two weeks ago, and there have been some rainbows caught from the marina to Sail Cove, with some showing off the marina docks. The largemouth have been best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 20 to 45 feet of water, while the bluegill and a few redear are showing off the marina docks, the tire reef, and the backside of the island on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early this year. 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.) The recreation area remains 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 striper bite has stayed good over the past week with the anglers able to dip live shad really hammering the fish, including some topping six pounds. Also quite a few fish showing on cut baits. Top spots have been the in the east end and at the inlet early in the morning. Dennis Myers, Lake Elsinore, had a nine-pound striper on live shad, while Shelly Keller, Menifee, landed three stripers to 7.9 pounds on live shad at the inlet. Both big fish were caught early in the day. A few catfish were reported this week, but the bite is still pretty slow. Don Che, Ontario, landed a 10.5-pound cat on live shad in the east end. County trout plants went in last Wednesday and three weeks ago. Next plant is set for Jan. 17. The best trout action has been at Ramp No. 2 on PowerBait and MiceTails. The largemouth action has been fair on plastics along the north shore, east end, and Launch Ramp No. 1 area. Most of the fish are small (under 10 inches). No reports of bluegill or carp this week. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: No report. For fishing 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: There will be a free kid’s fishing event Saturday, Jan. 27, for children ages 3-15. The lake will be stocked with rainbow trout before the event, and all fishing equipment needed by the kids will be provided free of charge. This activity is designed to give boys and girls who live in urban areas an opportunity to enjoy a fishing experience in or close to their own neighborhood, with poles, reels, tackle, bait and assistance provided. Event day onsite registration will begin at 8 a.m.; and the fishing session will go from 9 a.m. to none. This will be followed by a free lunch and drawing for the kids. The Riverside County Parks Department is co-sponsoring the derby with the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information about the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation and all of its upcoming free kids fishing events, visit www.danskids.org, or call 562-865-3764.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook.