DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass action has been wide open this past week with the fish in the shallows all around the lake and many anglers reporting 20-plus fish catch-and-release days. The bite has been good on plastics, jigs, swimbaits and reaction baits with most fish in less than 10 feet of water. Top fish reported was a 9.36-pounder landed by Ed Proulx, Dalton Gardens, Idaho, on a plastic worm. Patrick Hamman, Yucaipa, landed a 9-pound bass on a drop-shot plastic from the shore. In a weekend bass event, it took 39 pounds for five fish to win the event. The trout action has been spotty with some fish for shore anglers on PowerBait Power worms and small jigs, but a Mt. Lassen plant is slated for April 10. The striper bite is still fair at best with only some three to five-pound fish showing on cutbaits and a few bigger stripers on trout-like swimbaits. The crappie, bluegill, and redear bites are all still mostly slow, but it may be more for lack of fishing pressure than a slow bite. 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: The bass action has remained very good, with the fish packed into the shallows in 2 to 14 feet of water. Lots of fish on beds and whacking jigs, plastics, swimbaits and spinnerbaits. Not a lot of big fish, but lots of fish to three pounds. Brennan Mankin, Riverside, had five bass to 2-8 on trout plastics in the marina. The trout bite has also been good after a DFG plant two weeks ago. The best bite has been in the east end no more than 40 feet off shore on garlic Power Bait or inflated garlic nightcrawlers. Christopher Mitchell, Redlands, had three trout to 2 pounds on Roostertails. The redear and bluegill bites have improved this past week with more and more fish showing in the marina, behind the island, and in the east end in just 5 to 10 feet of water. Lorenzo Martinez, Moreno Valley, had 25 redear to 1-8 on trout worms fishing around the island. No carp or catfish reports. The park and marina are is now open seven days a week again. 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 final county trout plant of the season was two weeks ago, but the bite has remained pretty good in the east end, around the launch ramps, and at the inlet. The best action has been on PowerBait in chartreuse, corn, garlic, and rainbow, trout plastics, and small jigs. Scott Kozik, Winchester, landed a 3-8 rainbow on a nightcrawler in the east end, while Matthew and Michelle Toste, Murrieta, had six trout around 1 pound each on PowerBait at the inlet. Raymon Vasques, Temecula, landed three rainbows to 2 pounds. The striped bass are fair to good at the dam, the inlet, and between ramps No. 1 and 2 on chicken liver and anchovies. The largemouth bass are packed into the shallows and are on beds in most of the lake’s shallow areas. Nightcrawlers, plastics, blades and crank baits are all working. A few bluegill are starting to show on mealworms, nightcrawler pieces and red worms. No catfish, crappie or carp reports. Information: store (951) 926-1505 or marina (951) 926-8515.
ELSINORE: The crappie bite broke wide open this past week, with a lot of nice catches of fish up into the 2-plus-pound range. Most of the fish are right up in the stick-ups in less than six feet of water and the action has been on small jigs fished under a bobber. The carp bite is also very good on dough baits and corn with fish to eight pounds reported again this week. Few bass, catfish or wipers reported, but the bluegill are also starting to turn on with the warmer weather. For more information, call William’s Bait, Tackle and Boat Rental at (951) 642-0640; williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA LAKE: Jimmy Ruiz, Chino, landed a 16.75-pound rainbow trout fishing a pink PowerWorm on 2-pound test line to make the catch. Overall, the trout bite has been very good after plants of trophy Mt. Lassen rainbows and Sierra Bows this past week. The trout have been best on a wide variety of floating dough baits in bright colors, especially those impregnated or doused with garlic scent. The Berkley Mice Tails, small artificial trout worms and small jigs have also been good bets this week. The homemade “mouse” featuring a nightcrawler or half a trout worm tail and a head of dough bait are also popular. The best bite continues to be on light line with the baits fished just off the bottom. An 8.5-pound rainbow was reported as the top fish on a five-fish stringer landed by Nathan and Kyle Vigil, Riverside. The pair had three trout and two bluegill fishing mid-lake on green floating bait. Russel Cortez, Rancho Cucamonga, also had an 8.5-pounder on green floating boat. An 8-pounder was caught by Mike Abila, Ontario, on a Shawn’s Smoking Jigz. The crappie continue to show in the south end of the lake in the flooded brush with fish up to two pounds or better reported on small jigs. The catfish bite is really kicking into gear after a plant of blue catfish two weeks ago. The few anglers targeting the cats are seeing good action on nightcrawlers and cut baits. Daniel Rodriguez, Highland Park, had eight cats to three pounds each fishing mackerel at the dam. Trout plants are weekly. No state fishing license is required here. Information: (951) 277-3321; 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: No report. There were both county and DFG plants two and four weeks ago. Information: (951) 684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Fair to good trout action and a plant is slated for this 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 catfish bite has been good to excellent after the first plant of the season last Thursday. The action is very good on nightcrawlers, with the fish averaging about 2 pounds. The trout are few and far between now. The lake is open only on weekends. No state fishing license is required to fish here. Information: (951) 679-6562.