DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout bite is still fair after a 3,500-pound trout plant two weeks ago. 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 fair to good. They are moving tight to the shorelines for the spawn. Most are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers, but a few are still being caught on swimbaits. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. There was a 23.27-pound striper caught last week from shore. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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 is still recovering from the most recent storm front, but the water is warming rapidly and the fish are in a strong pre-spawn movement. The fish backed out of the really shallow water, but are nosing back in. Most of the action is still in 8 to 20 feet of water on plastics and small swimbaits. Top fish reported this past week was 10-pounder landed by Julio Munoz, Moreno Valley in the east end on a Senko. The bluegill are slow again this week. Trout slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising at the rate of 1 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, Saturday, April 7, this year. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.
SKINNER: The largemouth bass bite lulled again and hasn’t kicked back into gear yet, but the spawn is looming and a fair number of fish are showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, small swimbaits, and reaction baits. Striped bass have been fair at the dam-inlet area on cut baits. Cassie Reeves, Temecula, landed a five-pound striper at the inlet on a nightcrawler. The bigger bluegill are starting to show in 15-plus feet of water on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and jigs tipped with wax worms or Crappie Nibbles. Kyle Warren, Murrieta, landed a 1-3 bluegill on a nightcrawler east of the marina. Both the county and DFW will be planting trout this week. This is the final county plant of the season. County trout were also planted two weeks ago. 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.