Feb
16

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. While more stormy weather is forecast for the weekend, the largemouth bass bites were really starting to perk with this week’s warm weather, and Lake Perris has been one of the top spots for largemouths in the region. The fish are still mostly in 15 to 25 feet of water on plastics, but some are shallower. with fish to nearly seven pounds reported in recent days. For an update on the bite, call the marina at 951-657-2179 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410.

2. While it was blown out this past weekend, the yellowtail bite off of Colonet in Mexican waters is still a top bet. Before the last storm, five-fish limits of 18 to 25-pound class fish were common and most skippers were reporting two to three yellowtail per angler on these 1 1/2-day or longer trips. This past weekend’s trips, hammered by wind, still managed to get limit or near-limits of quality rockfish. For an update on this bite, check with www.976-Tuna.com or call Fisherman’s Landing at 619-221-8500, H&M Landing at 619-222-1144, or Seaforth Sportfishing at 619-224-3383.

3. The stripers at Lake Skinner were starting to spark this week, and a DFW trout plant could be the fuel that makes this fire blaze. There were also county plants last week and another county plant next week, so this is the place to watch for bigger stripers right now. Top striper this past week was a near-eight pounder. Bigger fish are likely. For an update on the bite, check with the marina at 951-926-8515.

Feb
16

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing, and the bite has been fair to good at waters across the region. This week’s top bets include Poway (trophy fish were stocked this week), Cuyamaca in San Diego County with with Dixon, Jennings, and Wohlford the next best bets in that region. In San Bernardino County, Glen Helen, Jess Ranch, Yucaipa Park Lake, and Silverwood Lake are the best. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet. In Riverside County, Lake Skinner was planted again this (two weeks in a row). A sleeper spot remains the Bullhead City stretch of the Colorado River now that plants are back (one last week and one more this month).

BLACK BASS: The bass action perked with the warm weather this week. While most of the action remains in deep-water on plastics, jigs, ice jigs, or nightcrawlers, there were a lot of fish moving up into 10 to 15 feet of water, especially at the shallower, more southerly waters. Top bets are Perris, San Vicente Reservoir, Lower Otay, Casitas, Castaic, Wohlford, Diamond Valley, Piru, and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), but the largemouth bites remain slow with just a hint of improvement in recent days.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally slow to fair most places this past week, but trout plants a few places could perk this action. Skinner may be the best bet, but Diamond Valley, Pyramid, and Silverwood all could see some bigger fish on trout-like swimbaits. The best bite at all these waters has been on drifted baits, trolled flies, or ice jigs. But the swimbait transition may be starting. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu remains off due to the weather, but Lake Mohave improved this week with fish to nearly nine pounds reported again.

PANFISH: Few reports on panfish. The bluegill bites tanked everywhere, and only a few crappie are still showing at Lower Otay.

CATFISH: Overall, slow catfish action. The best bites have been at Lake Skinner and Lake Cachuma. Isabella is also fair, but getting very little pressure. Also a slow to fair channel catfish bite on the lower Colorado River but also very light fishing pressure.

Feb
16

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (Feb. 12-18):

LOS ANGELES: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Castaic Lake, Cerritos Lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, Echo Park Lake, El Dorado Park Lakes, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake, La Mirada Lake, Lincoln Park Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Pyramid Lake.

ORANGE: Centennial Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Park Lake. Tri-City Lake.

RIVERSIDE: Little Lake (Hemet), Rancho Jurupa Park Lake, Skinner Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Glen Helen Park Lake, Mojave Narrows Park Lake, Silverwood Lake.

INYO: Diaz Lake, Owens River (below Tinnemaha and section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

TULARE: Del Lago Park Lake, Kaweah Reservoir.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Woodward Park Lake (Fresno), Pine Flat Reservoir.
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Feb. 19-25):

ORANGE: Carr Park Lake, Eisnehower Park Lake, Greer Park Lake, Yorba Linda Regional Park Lake.

RIVERSIDE: Cahuilla Park Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Cucamonga-Guasti Park Lake, Seccombe Park Lake, Yucaipa Park Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Lake Murray.

KERN RIVER: Ming Lake, River Walk Lake.

FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
The following waters were planted last week (Feb. 5-11):

LOS ANGELES: Hansen Dam Lake, Legg Lakes, Santa Fe Reservoir.

ORANGE: Carr Park Lake, Eisenhower Park Lake, Greer Park Lake, Huntington Park Lake, Yorba Linda Regional Park Lake.

RIVERSIDE: Diamond Valley Lake, Hemet Lake, Lake Fulmor, Lake Perris.

SAN BERNARDINO: Cucamonga-Guasti Park Lake, Seccombe Park Lake, Yucaipa Park Lakes.

SAN DIEGO: Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Murray, Lindo Lake, Morena Reservoir.

KERN: Ming Lake, River Walk Lake.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Woodward Park Lake (Fresno).
For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.

Feb
16

CENTRAL COAST

Hot Bites: Very light fishing pressure at all the lakes on the Central Coast and few reports. Rain has all of the lake levels coming up, and the water is at the launch ramp at Margarita and launching is allowed again. No reports on fishing from Lopez or Nacimiento, but water levels are up. San Antonio is also up and may reopen soon.

Feb
16

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Very light fishing pressure, with a handful of reports for catfish and a few crappie. The cats have been best jumbo meal worms, shad, or clams. No other reports. The lake level continues to come up. It is now at nearly 57 percent of capacity. It has not been at this capacity since 2011, and it has not been at this level in February since 1997. The gates are under waters and Rabbit Island is back to being an island. The Kern River flow coming in varied from 10,700 cfs last week to around 3,000 cfs this week at Kernville. The outflow was around 1,850 cfs Tuesday, up from 800 cfs a week ago. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: Very slow fishing in both the upper and lower river, and there have been no recent plants. Flows in the upper Kern River at Kernville have dropped from 10,700 cfs last week to just under 3,000 cfs on Wednesday this week. The South Fork of the Kern was over 1,500 cfs a week ago, but has dropped down to about 470 cfs Wednesday this week.
The river continues to flow bank to bank all the way through Bakersfield. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Flows remain high and off-color and fishing has been tough. The few anglers catching fish are using bottom rigs with heavy weigh (three to four ounces) to keep the bait down. A few catfish and stripers have been reported on blood worms and sardines. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: No reports. Very slow.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout went in last week and the bite was fair into the weekend. PowerBait and garlic-scented nightcrawlers. No other reports.

HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite kicked into gear with the warm weather early in the week, but another storm is likely to shut it down again. The best bite has been on plastics or nightcrawlers.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow overall with little fishing activity, and the lake remains off-color. A few bass on nightcrawlers or live minnows, but this bite is tough.

MING LAKE: The bass bite picked up with the warm weather this past week, and there was a DFW trout plant last Wednesday that made this bite good into the weekend. Most of the trout are being caught on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent. The bass have been showing on Senkos or live minnows.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant five weeks ago. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The fourth county trout plant of the season is slated for this week with a final plant sometime in March. The bite should been good through the weekend after this week’s plant. The best bite after previous plants has been on PowerBait and MiceTails fished on very light line. No crappie or bass reports this past week. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Overall slow fishing with few reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been slow on plastics and jigs in deeper water. Few other reports. The new marina is in operation. Water level is at 72 percent of full pool, up from 12 over the last month. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite slowed down with the rainy weather the past couple of weeks, but a few are still showing in deeper water on drop-shot plastics, jigs, or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. Launch ramp open. Water level is at 47 percent capacity, up 17 percent over the past month. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Feb
16

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season is closed, but many waters in Inyo and Mono counties remain open year-around. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. The early trout opener is March 4 on Inyo County waters south of (and including) Independence Creek and west of Highway 395. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: The lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been flowing from 220 to 247 cfs this past week. The East Walker flows have been ramping up over the last week with the flows mid-day Wednesday at 850 cfs, up from 390 cfs a week ago. The West Walker flows have dropped down to 275 cfs this week from a peak of around 1,400 cfs last Thursday. Still light fishing pressure throughout the region, but there are still a lot of big rainbows up out of Crowley in the Hot Fingers stretch of the Owens River. A few 16 to 22 inch fish are being landed in a fairly tough bite. The East and West Walker rivers have been slow due to high flows. Hot Creek is getting no pressure.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: No recent trout plants.

Feb
16

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow fishing and almost no fishing pressure for the past two months. No reports of any tilapia. Anglers should always call to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). 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).

Feb
16

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

TOP NEWS: Fishing pressure remained very light over the past week. Action is still generally slow all along the river for all species, but the warm weather in recent days did perk a few bite. The top bets have been the striper action in Lake Mohave from the dam to Katherine’s Landing for anglers fishing bait or small swimbaits. The bite on stripers in the river between Needles and Bullhead is also improving. There is also fair trout action in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas of the river near Bullhead City, and trout were planted last week. There will be one more plants in February. Lastly, the smallmouth bass bite is pretty fair for anglers targeting these fish from Mohave downstream. The best action has been on crawdad-like jigs or lures fishing on rocky structure or rip rap.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Feb
16

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Poway received 1,500 pounds this week, and this plant included trophy fish. It will be planted again March 1 and 15. Dixon Lake had a 1,500-pound plant last week and will stocked with an equal amount of fish next week. Jennings was stocked last week and will get another 1,500 pounds next week. Wohlford was planted with 1,500 pounds of trout last week and will get trout again Feb. 22. Cuyamaca was planted with 1,200 pounds Tuesday this week.

There are no DFW trout plants for this week, but trout were planted last week at Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Murray, Lindo Lake, and Morena Reservoir.

FISHING UPDATE: Warm weather this past week sparked the bass fishing throughout the region, with many fish caught in shallower water and on more active baits. The best, however, is still in deeper water on plastics, jigs, jigging spoons, or live bait. Even with the uptick in bass fishing, trou8t remain the best bet with many lakes getting stocks alternating weeks. Top bets for trout are Poway (trophy fish this week), Cuyamaca, with Dixon, Jennings, and Wohlford the next best bets. Top bets for bass remain Lower Otay, San Vicente, Murray, and El Capitan. The panfish bites are mostly off, but a few bluegill and crappie continue to show from Otay.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff surveyed 19 anglers at El Capitan this past week and they landed 32 bass. At Hodges, 53 anglers checked reported just 11 bass, three crappie, and one channel catfish. At Miramar, 15 anglers checked had 44 bass to 4.25 pounds. At Lower Otay, 50 anglers landed 136 bass to four pounds, 36 crappie, 30 bluegill to 1-8, and two channel catfish.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Wohlford, Suzanne Jakovac, Escondido, had a 10.7-pound rainbow on green PowerBait in Oakvale Cove, while Allen Reyes, Escondido, topped off his 11.9-pound limit of rainbows with a four-pounder.

BARRETT: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: Closed until spring. Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.
UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.

MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Concession: 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SUTHERLAND: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.

DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.

Feb
16

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The Santa Inez River has continued flowing into the lake turning the lake muddy and off-color, especially the upper end. The lake level has cove up 25 feet with recent storms, but it is still only 17.4 percent of capacity. This has made the fishing slow to fair overall. The trout bite is tough but a few fish are still showing on nightcrawlers fished beneath a bobber or trolling bright-colored, noisy lures. The lake received 4,000 pounds of rainbows six weeks ago. The catfish bite is fair and maybe the best bet here, but most of the fish are small and showing wherever water is/has run into the lake. Best action on cut mackerel and sardines. The crappie and bass action has lulled. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, but few carp are near the surface now. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: DFW trout were planted last Friday and three weeks ago at the Coyote Ramp. Some fish from shore on PowerBait or small trout plastics, but the best bet has been trolling with Needlefish behind two colors of lead core. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with the warm weather. Nightcrawlers, plastics, jigs, and spoons in deeper water. Most bass are one to three pounds, some to five pounds or better. At a weekend tournament, it took 20.64 pounds (for five fish) to win and the big fish of the event was a 5.87-pounder, one of seven fish over four pounds. No recent bluegill, redear, crappie, carp, or catfish reports. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Casitas Lake level is 37.6 percent of capacity. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Rising water levels have slowed the bite (25 feet up in the past six weeks), but the striper action is still fair for anglers fishing jigging spoons and ice jigs in 40 to 70 feet of water. Most are two-pound class fish. Some bigger stripers show after DFW trout plant on the big swimbaits, and the DFW plant was slated for this week. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is slow to fair with most of the action on plastics, spoons, and ice jigs in 20 to 40 feet of water. Light fishing pressure and only a few other reports of catfish in deeper water on cut baits or nightcrawlers. No reports of anglers getting many of these fish. No panfish reports. The lake is currently 93 percent of capacity. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Light fishing pressure, but there has been a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish still on reaction baits that imitate shad. Most bass are in the one- to two-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with no reports in the past week. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Piru Creek flows coming into the lake peaked at 180 cfs Monday and were around 115 cfs Wednesday. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: Light fishing pressure again over the past week. There are a few stripers still showing on trolled flies and swim baits. Most of the fish are two to three pounds. An occasional bigger fish on the trout-like swimbait. Best action for anglers fishing bait has been bloodworms and sardines. Largemouth bass are slow to fair with most action on plastics, jigs, and jigging spoons in 20 to 50 feet of water. A DFW trout plant was slated to go in this week and there was a plant four weeks ago. Trout were very slow prior to this week’s plant with only a few showing on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. There is a slow catfish bite on the cut baits. Bluegill and redear are slow with no reports. Water level is now 92 percent of capacity. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Feb
16

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: Fulmor Lake received DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. No plants in Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Feb
16

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Fair to good trout action with most anglers getting a least one or two fish, and some getting full stringers of rainbows from one to three pounds. A few bigger fish. Trout plants are weekly, and trophy fish are part of each plant. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: The lake is closed and will be for at least the immediate future.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Trout plant last week. Next plants are slated for the week of Feb. 20, March 6, and March 20. These are all 1,000-pound plants. There are no fishing fees this season, only the $5 parking fee on weekends (or $3 during the week). For more information, 949-923-2240 or go to ocparks.com/parks/lagunan/.

Feb
16

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The striped bass bite continues to improve with fair action over the past week and quite a few better quality fish. Most anglers are slow-trolling flies, using umbrella rigs, or tossing trout-like swimbaits from shore, but the bite has been improving at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. DFW trout were planted at the launch ramp Feb. 7 and a 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows is slated for Feb. 22. Small trout jigs, Kastmasters, inflated nightcrawlers with scent, and PowerBait have been the best bets. The largemouth bite has been slow on swimbaits at mid-depths or in deeper water on drop-shot plastics. Fishing off the islands or main points has been best. Panfish have been slow, but a few crappie were reported this week on small jigs tipped with bait. No bluegill or redear reports. 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 has continued to improve with fair to good action this past week in 15 to 20 feet of water on plastics and jigs. Many anglers report three or four fish days. Chris Abernathy, Ontario, had a 6-12 bass on a crankbait south of the island, while Ricky Gonzalez, Yucaipa, landed a 6-5 on a swimbait. Jake Brown, Riverside, had three bass to five pounds slow trolling cranks. The trout bite has been fair after a DFW plant last Tuesday. The rainbows have been best in Sail Cove and Lots 11 and 12. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics. Few other reports with no bluegill or carp reported this past week. Light fishing pressure. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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: County trout plants last week and next week. DFW trout planted this week and two weeks ago. The trout action continues to improve with each plant. The best bite has been in the east end along the coves. PowerBait and small trout plastics and jigs are the best bets. The catfish action has been fair with some nice fish showing in the east end, at the buoy line, inlet, and mid-lake. Most are showing on cut baits with garlic shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel the best bets. Patricia Salas, Pico Rivera, had three catfish to 11.2 pounds caught on mackerel or anchovies mid-lake. The striper bite improved with pretty fair action and some bigger fish showing, perhaps enticed by the trout plants. Top spot is still along the south shore and inlet. Tyler Fernandez, Murrieta, landed a 7.7-pound striper on a nightcrawler at the inlet. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair along the south shorelines jigs, plastics, and nightcrawlers in deeper water. The bluegill bite has been very slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing information. Lake level is up with runoff, but it is 16 feet below the outflow channel. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: The lake is full thanks to recent rains and runoff, but due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Feb
16

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: Fair to good trout action. County trout plants are weekly, and DFW trout went in last week. There will be a trout derby Feb. 25. Entry fee is $20 per angler with over $1,000 in cash and prizes given away to the anglers catching the biggest 25 rainbows. There will also be a youth derby March 18. For more derby information, call 909-387-2461. Guasti information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: No plants this season. Lake maintenance is ongoing. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: County trout plants are weekly, and DFW trout also went in last week and four weeks ago. There were a total of 239 kids entered in the Kid’s Trout Derby this past Saturday, and 307 trout were entered. The Top fish was a 5-5 rainbow landed by Kayden Mills, Wildomar. The annual adult derby will be March 11. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: County trout plants are weekly, and DFW rainbows were also planted this week and two weeks ago. Information: 909-887-7540.

Feb
16

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: No fishing report this week. There have been weekly 1,000-pound plants of Mt. Lassen rainbows. Most are one to two pounds, but some from three to eight pounds or bigger in each stock. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Good trout action in both lakes with the best bite on PowerBait in salmon peach, spring green, and rainbow, nightcrawlers, or small trout jigs and lures. The trout are running around two pounds. Other bites have been slow. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: No fishing report. County trout plants are weekly, and DFW rainbows went in this week and two weeks ago. For lake information: 760-245-2226.