DIAMOND VALLEY: Mt. Lassen rainbows went in Tuesday this week and the DFW plant went in Wednesday. The trout action has been good from the shore on PowerBait, mini jigs, and Roostertail. Quite a few fish from three to five pounds. The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open with the fish flooding into the shallows and showing in five to 15 feet of water. The bite is best on plastics, Senkos, and swimbaits along all the shorelines and off the islands. The striper bite slowed down this week, but a few fish from five to six pounds are showing on trout-like swim baits, cut baits, and spoons. Most of the fish are showing off the west dam or shoreline fishing areas right after the trout plants. There continue to be some toad redear being caught with the fish running from one to three pounds, most on nightcrawlers, from shore. Richard Holmes, Beaumont, landed a 2.91-pound redear using a nightcrawler off the shore. The launch ramp will close April 15 due to low water levels. Rental boats will remain available through the marina. Boats inspected and tagged ìquagga freeî at Diamond Valley are also allowed on Perris and Silverwood. 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 bass bite has been good with the fish moving shallow for the spawn. Lots of small fish are up fanning out beds. Green and purple plastics have been the best. The water level is so low there is little shoreline structure. Ninna Copper, Banning, had a 4-14 bass on a worm in Sail Cove. The bluegill and redear bites are improving with the warm weather, especially in the marina. Nightcrawlers and red worms have been the best baits. There was a DFW trout plant two weeks ago and another plant is slated for next week. The trout bite has been slow to fair. The rainbows are working the whole west side of the lake from Sail Cove to parking lots 11 and 12. While catfish and striped bass are slow, there were a couple of good fish reported this past week. A 17-pound striper was landed by Yuong Kiet Le Ngo, Highland, on a Zoom Fluke at the dam. There was also a 27-14 catfish landed. Water level has stabilized at around 1,544 feet, which will allow the last remaining launch ramp to stay open throughout the summer. 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.) However, the recreation area will remain 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 largemouth bass bite is very good with fish all over the shallows well into the spawn. Plastics have been the best bet, but swim baits and small reaction baits are also getting fish. Joe Salem, Winchester, had a 5-5 bass on a nightcrawler off the south shore. Trout fishing has been fair with some trophy fish from the county plants. There was a county plant last week and the last of the season is set for March 23. The DFW will plant trout this week. The best bite has been at Ramp No. 2 on PowerBait, Mice Tails, trout jigs, and small spoons and spinners. Trevor Williams, Banning, had a 6-8 trout on a custom jig. The striper action is fair with early morning boils at the inlet and dam area, and then another flurry of action in the afternoon-evening. The stripers are showing on swimbaits or cut mackerel or chicken liver. The bluegill action is fair and improving with the best bite on the points by the Shaven Rock. Best bite has been on wax worms and meal worms fished alone or on small jigs. A few catfish are also showing, but they are getting little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: The crappie bite has remained spotty over the past week with some flurries of decent action. Most of the fish are in the half- to three-quarter pound range, but some bigger fish are being landed. The north end of the lake has been the hot spot, with the fish showing at Elsinore West Marina and LaLaguna Resort. There is also a fair bite on largemouth, which are moving shallow for the spawn. Catfish fair to good for anglers fishing shrimp, mackerel, or fresh shad. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed due to low water levels. It was closed after Sunday’s fishing. There will be several ìspecial eventsî for the public during this closure. Information on these events will be on the website (www.fishinglakes.com).
RANCHO JURUPA: DFW trout plant this week and three weeks ago. County plants are twice a month. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: The first catfish plant of the season will go in March 26. A few catfish are already being landed. The last trout plant was a month ago, and that bite is very slow. Emma Empey, Calimesa, landed a 3-3 rainbow fishing a nighcrawler in the member’s lake. The bass action is very good with the fish all over the shallows for the spawn. Bass are all catch-and-release. Also the odd catfish being landed, and some bluegill are beginning to show. Information: 909-795-0171.
LITTLE LAKE: DFW trout plant next week and two weeks ago. Information: 530-526-7937.
REFLECTION LAKE: No report. Information: 951-654-7906 or www.reflectionlakerv.com.
JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: No report. No state fishing license required. Information: 951-679-6562.