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Jun
30

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the bass bite has been fair to good, Most of the action on Senko, Ikas, and plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. The key has been fishing in those rocky and grass interfaces in 12 to 30 feet of water with baby bass and bluegill imitations. The grass is at least a foot long so drop-shot anglers should use at least 12 to 15-inch leaders now. There is a lot of empty water, but the bass seem to be schooling and once you find fish the action can be hot. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some up to seven. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish to three pounds reported in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is very good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. A few stripers are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. Few reports of other species. The boat launch has reopened. 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 bluegill and redear bites remain good. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. The largemouth bass are fair. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water, especially on the west side of the island and all around the lake on the outside edge of the weed lines. Also a lot more surface action this week for anglers fishing smaller topwater in the mornings. Diana Cortez, Baldwin Park, had a four-pound bass on a drop-shot plastic off the islands. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. 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: The bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the Boat Launch Two area and adjacent coves seem to be holding the most fish. The dam area is also good. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, meal worms, and lug worm pieces in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger specimens in the two-pound class have been reported this past week. Phong Ngyun, Long Beach, had six bluegill to two pounds on crickets from the coves near the buoy line. The catfish bite has been very good taking off over the last two weeks and getting better with each hot day. The best action has been at Launch No. 2 and along the south shore, but some are also showing at the dam. Chicken liver, nigthcralwer, and mackerel are the best bets. Also a plant went in last week. Stripers and largemouth are both fair. For the stripers, the bite is best in deep water at the inlet on chicken liver and anchovies, while the largemouths are best on plastics, especially in the east end and most coves. Mark Ficher, French Valley, had two stripers to three pounds on topwater at the inlet. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent plants. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: No recent trout plants in Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Jun
23

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the bass bite has been fair to good, Most of the action on Senko, Ikas, and plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. The key has been fishing in those rocky and grass interfaces in 12 to 30 feet of water with baby bass and bluegill imitations. The grass is at least a foot long so drop-shot anglers should use at least 12 to 15-inch leaders now. There is a lot of empty water, but the bass seem to be schooling and once you find fish the action can be hot. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some up to seven. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish to three pounds reported in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is very good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. A few stripers are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. Few reports of other species. The boat launch has reopened. 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 bluegill and redear bites remain good. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. The largemouth bass are fair. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water, especially on the west side of the island and all around the lake on the outside edge of the weed lines. Also a lot more surface action this week for anglers fishing smaller topwater in the mornings. Paytten Niburger, Murrieta, landed a 5-6 bass on a crankbait in the marina. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. 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: The bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the Boat Launch Two area and adjacent coves seem to be holding the most fish. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, meal worms, and lug worm pieces in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger specimens in the two-pound class have been reported this past week. The catfish bite has been very good taking off over the last two weeks and getting better with each hot day. The best action has been at Launch No. 2 and along the south shore, but some are also showing at the dam. Chicken liver, nigthcralwer, and mackerel are the best bets. Also a plant slated for this week. Stripers and largemouth are both fair. For the stripers, the bite is best in deep water at the inlet on chicken liver and anchovies, while the largemouths are best on plastics, especially in the east end and most coves. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plant three four 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 planted with DFW trout four weeks ago. No recent plants in Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Weekly plants of catfish and tilapia. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

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

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. 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/.

Jun
17

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: With the water level rising steadily, the bass bite has been fair to good with most of the action on Senko, Ikas, and plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. The key has been fishing in those rocky and grass interfaces in 12 to 30 feet of water with baby bass and bluegill imitations. The grass is at least a foot long so drop-shot anglers should use at least 12 to 15-inch leaders now. There is a lot of empty water, but the bass seem to be schooling and once you find fish the action can be hot. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some up to seven. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish to three pounds reported in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is very good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. Few reports of other species. The boat launch has reopened. 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 bluegill and redear bites remain good. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. The largemouth bass are fair. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water, especially on the west side of the island and all around the lake on the outside edge of the weed lines. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. Sing Pao, Anaheim, landed a 16-popund carp on a nightcrawler. 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: The bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the reedy areas seem to be holding the most fish. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, meal worms, and lug worm pieces in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger specimens are also being caught. Brent Whitmore, Wildomar, had four bluegill and his best was a 2.1-pounder, all caught on crickets. The catfish bite has been very good taking off over the last two weeks and getting better with each hot day. The best action has been at Launch No. 2 and along the south shore, but some are also showing at the dam. Chicken liver, nigthcralwer, and mackerel are the best bets. Stripers and largemouth are both fair. For the stripersthe bite is best in deep water at the inlet on chicken liver and anchovies, while the largemouths are best on plastics, especially in the east end and most coves. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

Jun
09

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has remained good with a lot of two to four pound fish. The lake continues to rise so there is a lot of flooded brush that is attracting fish early and late in the date to chase bait. Topwater and reaction baits have been best then, but the fish drop back down into 12 to 20 feet of water once the sun has been on the water for a while. The bluegill and redear bites are as good or better than the bass with a lot of fish from a half- to one-pound showing on meal worms, nightcrawlers, wax worms, crickets and small jigs. The panfish are liking the newly flooded brush, too. Few reports of stripers, but some are showing on trolled flies at the inlet-outlet tower and off the face of the dams. The boat launch has reopened. 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 bluegill and redear bites remain good. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. The largemouth bass are fair. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water, especially on the west side of the island and all around the lake on the outside edge of the weed lines. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. However, Nathaniel Lowe, Riverside, landed a 25.2-pound catfish on a nightcrawler off the marina docks. 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: The bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the reedy areas seem to be holding the most fish. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, and meal worms in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger specimens are also being caught. The catfish, largemouth bass, and stripers bites have also been fair to good. The catfish took off with the warm weather, especially at the dam on mackerel dipped in garlic. But the cats are showing in most of the deeper coves. Stripers remain best at the inlet and the middle of the buoy line at the dam. Shad-like swim baits are good, but most of the fish are showing on chicken liver, anchovies, or mackerel. Michael Schumer, Menifee, landed a 15-pound striper on anchovies mid-lake. The largemouth bite is best on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are 1-8 to two pounds, but some bigger fish are showing. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

Jun
02

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The boat launch reopened two weeks ago. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. The largemouth bass bite has been good on plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. Fishing the dams and off the islands have been the best bet. The bluegill and redear bites have both taken off with a lot of fish in the one-pound range. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets have all been good baits, and some fish are showing on micro jigs. The east dam has been the hot spot. The trout action has pretty much died. Stripers are slow with only a few fish reports at the two dams and around the water intake-outtake tower. 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 bluegill and redear bites broke wide open this week with some very good catches reported over the weekend. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. Charles Lee, Moreno Valley, had 12 bluegill and redear and the best was a 1.8-pounder, all on crickets and wax worms fished west of the island. Sonny de la Torre, Riverside, had 15 bluegill and redear and his best was a 1.11-pounder on his homemade jigs tipped with crickets. The largemouth bass are still good. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water. Bradie Jones, Riverside, had three largemouth to 5.4 pounds on jerkbaits at the tire reef. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. 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: The bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the reedy areas seem to be holding the most fish. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, and meal worms in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger specimens are also being caught. The catfish, largemouth bass, and stripers bites have also been fair to good. The catfish took off with the warm weather, especially at the dam on mackerel dipped in garlic. But the cats are showing in most of the deeper coves. Joseph Gonzales, Elsinore, had a 15-pound cat on chicken liver in the cove adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Stripers remain best at the inlet and the middle of the buoy line at the dam. Shad-like swim baits are good, but most of the fish are showing on chicken liver, anchovies, or mackerel. Brian Forbes, Wildomar, landed a 12-pound stripers on mackerel at the inlet, while Michael Davidson, Hemet, landed a 10-2 on anchovies, also at the inlet. The largemouth bite is best on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are 1-8 to two pounds, but some bigger fish are showing. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby will be 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The free event is for kids 15 and under and they must bring their own fishing gear. The event will be held out of La Laguna Resort and Boat Launch. Call the Lake Community Center for information or to register at 951-245-0442, No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

May
26

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The boat launch reopened last week. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. The largemouth bass bite has been very good on plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The bluegill and redear bites have both taken off with a lot of fish in the one-pound range. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets have all been good baits, and some fish are showing on micro jigs. The east dam has been the hot spot. The trout action is slowing down with the last plant in early April. Stripers are slow, but the best bite has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. 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 are still good. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water. Alex Canup, Riverside, landed a 4.5-pounder on a Robo Worm at the water tower, while John Wright, Moreno Valley, had a 2.6-pouner on a plastic worm in Power Cove. The bluegill and redear are also starting to make beds around the island, marina area, dam, and east end, and the bite is fair to good and improving, but mostly on wax worms and red worms. A few catfish and carp from Sail Cove and the east end. Cats best on shrimp at dusk. Carp good on dough baits mornings and afternoons. The launch ramp remains open. 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: Largemouth, stripers, and bluegill are all fair to good, with the bluegill perhaps the best bet over the past week. The ëgills are moving through the spawn and showing in pretty good numbers on red worms, crickets, and nightcrawlers early in the morning, especially near reeds and inside of coves near structure in six to 18 feet of water. The Ramp 1 area across from the marina has been a hot spot. Roman Vasquez, Oceanside, had three bluegill with a 1.1-pounder his best fish, all caught on live crickets. The stripers are best near the dam and main lake points on shad, chicken liver, and anchovies. Jake Smythe Jr., Murrieta, landed a 10.2-pound striper on shad at the inlet, while David Reed, also Murrieta, had a 9.9-pounder on chicken liver, also at the inlet. The largemouth bite is best on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are 1-8 to two pounds, but some bigger. A few catfish are finally starting to show, mostly on cut baits off inside the main points and at the dam. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby will be 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The free event is for kids 15 and under and they must bring their own fishing gear. The event will be held out of La Laguna Resort and Boat Launch. Call the Lake Community Center for information or to register at 951-245-0442, No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

May
12

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The boat launch reopens next Wednesday, May 18. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. There will also be pre-inspections 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. this weekend prior to the reopening of the ramp. As for fishing, the largemouth bass bite has been good with a lot of bass shallow in the shoreline areas, some still in spawn most, most post-spawn. Plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The bluegill and redear bites have both taken off with a lot of fish in the one-pound range. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets have all been good baits, and some fish are showing on micro jigs. The east dam has been the hot spot. The trout action is slowing down with the last plant in early April. Stripers are slow, but the best bite has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. 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 are still good. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water. Chris ViDas, Cathedral City, had a four-pound bass on a drop-shot Robo Worm. The bluegill and redear are also starting to make beds around the island, marina area, dam, and east end, and the bite is fair to good and improving, but mostly on wax worms and red worms. Trout slow with the most recent DFW plant three weeks ago. A few catfish and carp from Sail Cove and the east end. Cats best on shrimp at dusk. Carp good on dough baits mornings and afternoons. The launch ramp remains open. 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: Largemouth, stripers, and bluegill are all fair to good, with the bluegill perhaps the best bet over the past week. The ëgills are moving into the spawn and showing in pretty good numbers on red worms, crickets, and nightcrawlers early in the morning, especially near reeds and inside of coves near structure in six to 18 feet of water. The Ramp 1 area across from the marina has been a hot spot. Andrea Hunt, Redlands, had a 3-8 redear on a nightcrawler. The marina staff is going with this as a new lake record. George Metzger, Murrieta, had four bluegill to 1-8, all on wax worms. The stripers are best near the dam and main lake points on umbrella rigs, with some on cut baits. Brandon Tait, Temecula, had a five-pound striper top his day fishing anchovies at the inlet. The largemouth bite is best on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are 1-8 to two pounds, but some bigger. A few catfish are finally starting to show, mostly on cut baits off inside the main points and at the dam. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. For fishing information, call Williams Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plant 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 and Strawberry Creek planted with DFW trout two weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.

May
05

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The boat launch reopens May 18. Private boats must be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. There will also be pre-inspections 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. the two weekends prior to the reopening of the ramp. As for fishing, the largemouth bass bite has been good with a lot of bass shallow in the shoreline areas, some still in spawn most, most post-spawn. Plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The bluegill and redear bites have both taken off with a lot of fish in the one-pound range. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets have all been good baits, and some fish are showing on micro jigs. The east dam has been the hot spot. The trout action is slowing down with the last plant in early April. Stripers are slow, but the best bite has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. 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 are still good but the spawn is about over. The action is best on plastic worms or Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water. Jon Lee, Riverside, had a 5-4 brass on a Brush Hawg, while Robert Jones, Banning, had three bass to 4-8 on a crawdad-like bait. The bluegill and redear are also starting to make beds around the island, marina area, dam, and east end, but the bite has been just fair with some real quality fish landed. Sam Chen, Chino Hills, had five bluegill to 1-7 on red worms off the face of the dam. Sonny delaTorre, San Bernardino, had a two-pound class bluegill on a small, homemade jig. Trout slow with the most recent DFW plant three weeks ago. A few catfish and carp from Sail Cove. The launch ramp remains open. 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: Largemouth, stripers, and bluegill are all fair to good. The ëgills are moving into the spawn and showing in pretty good numbers on red worms, crickets, and nightcrawlers early in the morning, especially near reeds and inside of coves near structure in six to 18 feet of water. Joe Sanchez, Temecula, landed a 1-3 bluegill on a live cricket off the south shore. The stripers are best near the dam and main lake points on umbrella rigs, with some on cut baits. Corey Valentina, Corona, had a 5-7 bass on chicken liver off the south shore. The largemouth bite is best on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are 1-8 to two pounds, but some bigger. John Lovely, Hemet, landed a 4-8 on a Rapala. A few catfish are finally starting to show, mostly on cut baits off inside the main points and at the dam. Trout are slow. Most recent DFW plant was three weeks ago. 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: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

Apr
21

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been very good with a lot of bass shallow for the spawn in the shoreline areas. Plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The trout action has been fair to good after both Lassen and DFW plants two and four weeks ago. The shoreline around the marina, the launch ramp, and at both dams have been the best spots for the rainbows with spinners, small trout spoons, or Mice Tails top baits. K.C. Luniga, Hemet, had a 12.34-pound rainbow on a Roboworm near the east dam. Still light fishing pressure on the stripers, but a few fish are showing on swimbaits. The best striper action has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. A few big bluegill and redear are starting to show, most taken on nightcrawlers by bass anglers. Noah Guerrero, Hemet, landed a 3.99-pound redear on a nightcrawler near the east dam. No reports on other species. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. 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: Big news is the 36-pound striper caught by Ian Cube, Buena Park, on a Lunker Plunker this past week after the DFW trout plant last Friday. The largemouth bass are up into the shoreline areas for the spawn. The north shore, around the marina and launch ramp, and at the dam are the top areas. Plastic worms, Brush Hawgs, and nightcrawlers are the top bets. Mostly small males are showing right now, but a few bigger fish. Greg Barrbia, Perris, had five bass to four pounds fishing a Baby Brush Hawg. The bluegill and redear are also starting to make beds around the islands, marina area, dam, and east end. Top action on meal worms, red worms, and cricket-tipped jigs first thing in the morning, tougher the rest of the day. Jerry Tidwell, Riverside, had a 1-0 bluegill on a red worm at the island. Trout slow, but a DFW plant went in last week. A few catfish and carp from Sail Cove. No reports of other species. The launch ramp remains open. 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: The largemouth bite has been very good with the fish up tight in the shallows, many still on beds. Lots of small males in the bite, but some bigger fish. The best action has been on white jigs, small plastics, or nightcrawlers. Chad White, Orange, landed an eight-pound bass on a nightcrawler. The striper bite has been fair to good at the inlet and dam area this week with a lot of fish to three pounds showing on cut baits, shad, swimbaits, and topwater. Some fish topping six pounds. Tim Michaelson, landed a 10-pound striper on chicken liver. The bluegill bite has been fair to good in eight to 10 feet of water in the Launch Ramp No. 1 area and across from the marina. Red worms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs tipped with bait have all been getting fish. A few catfish are finally starting to show, mostly on cut baits off inside the main points and at the dam. Doug Golec, Temecula, landed an 11-2 cat on mackerel at the inlet. Trout are slow. Most recent DFW plant was two weeks ago. 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: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plant this week. 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 and Strawberry Creek slated to get DFW trout this week. Information: 951-659-2117.

Apr
07

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been very good with a lot of bass shallow for the spawn in the shoreline areas. Plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The trout action perked again this week after a 1,000-pound Mt. Lassen Trout Farms plant Tuesday and DFW trout were also slated to go in this week. There were plants two weeks ago, too. The shoreline around the marina, the launch ramp, and at both dams have been the best spots for the rainbows with spinners, small trout spoons, or Mice Tails top baits. Still light fishing pressure on the stripers, but a few fish are showing on swimbaits. Jesse Mena, Hemet, landed a 14.76-pound striper Wednesday this week on a Lunker Plunker, knowing the big boys would be up chasing the newly-stocked trout. The best striper action has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. A few big bluegill and redear are starting to show, most taken on nightcrawlers by bass anglers. No reports on other species. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. 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: Bass up into the shoreline areas for the spawn. The north shore, around the marina and launch ramp, and at the dam are the top areas. Plastic worms and nightcrawlers are the top bets. Mostly small males are showing right now, but a few bigger fish. Calvin Johnson, Perris, had an eight-pounder on a nightcrawler in the marina. The bluegill and redear are also starting to make beds around the islands, marina area, dam, and east end. Top action on meal worms, red worms, and cricket-tipped jigs. Trout slow with no plants in over a month. A few catfish and carp from Sail Cove. No reports of other species. The launch ramp remains open. 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: The largemouth bite has been very good with the fish up tight in the shallows on beds. Lots of small males in the bite, but some bigger fish. The best action has been on white jigs, small plastics, or nightcrawlers. Karen White, Temecula, landed an eight-pound bass off the north shore. The striper bite has been fair to good at the inlet and dam area this week with a lot of fish to three pounds showing on cut baits, shad, swimbaits, and topwater. Some fish topping six pounds. The bluegill bite has been fair in eight to 10 feet of water in the Launch Ramp No. 1 area and across from the marina. Red worms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs tipped with bait have all been getting fish. Braden mohr, Long Beach, had a pair of bluegill and the best was a 1-2 caught on wax worms. A few catfish are finally starting to show, mostly on cut baits off inside the main points and at the dam. Peter Sandez, Temecula, landed a nine-pound cat on chicken liver at the inlet. Trout are slow, but the DFW is slated to plant this week. Most recent DFW plant was three weeks ago. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: The carp bite is good on dough baits with most of the fish in the two-pound range, but some bigger. The catfish are also starting to show in better numbers with fish to six pounds reported on cutbaits again this week. Crappie are also starting to show in a little better numbers with most in the half- to three-quarter pound range and showing on bobber-suspended jigs. 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. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

Mar
30

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been very good with a lot of bass shallow for the spawn in the shoreline areas. Plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The trout action has been fair after a 1,000-pound plant two weeks ago at the east dam. There was also a plant four weeks ago. The shoreline around the marina, the launch ramp, and at both dams have been the best spots for the rainbows with spinners, small trout spoons, or Mice Tails top baits. Anthony and and Carlos Avila, both Redlands, had four rainbow trout from four to 11.15-pounds fishing mini jigs from shore. Still light fishing pressure on the stripers, but a few fish are showing on swimbaits. The best striper action has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. A few big bluegill and redear are starting to show, most taken on nightcrawlers by bass anglers. No reports on other species. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. 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: Bass up into the shoreline areas for the spawn. The north shore, around the marina and launch ramp, and at the dam are the top areas. Plastic worms and nightcrawlers are the top bets. Mostly small males are showing right now, but a few bigger fish. Todd Clark, San Diego, had a six-pounder from Sail Cove on a plastic crawdad, while Rosamel Fuerro Delgado, Victorville, landed a 4-8 at the launch ramp on a plastic worm. The bluegill and redear have best on the tire reef, off the island, and some are also showing in the marina on meal worms, red worms, and cricket-tipped jigs. Trout slow with no plants in over a month. A few catfish and carp from Sail Cove. No reports of other species. The launch ramp remains open. 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: The largemouth bite has been very good with the fish up tight in the shallows and many on beds. Lots of small males in the bite, but some bigger fish. The best action has been on white jigs, small plastics, or nightcrawlers. Mark Thompson, Temecula, had three bass to 5.2 pounds, while Cary Almaty, Winchester, landed a pair of bass to five pounds on Roboworms. The striper bite has been fair to good at the inlet and dam area this week with a lot of fish to three pounds showing on cut baits, shad, swimbaits, and topwater. Some fish topping six pounds. The bluegill bite kicked into gear over the past week in the Launch Ramp No. 1 area and across from the marina. Red worms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs tipped with bait have all been getting fish. Jonathan Walk, Winchester, had a 1-2 bluegill on a small Senko. Trout are slow. Most recent DFW plant was two weeks ago. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: The bites are finally starting to turn on here. The carp bite is very good on dough baits with most of the fish in the two-pound range, but some bigger. The catfish are also starting to show in better numbers with fish to six pounds reported on cutbaits again this week. Crappie are also starting to show in a little better numbers with most in the half- to three-quarter pound range and showing on bobber-suspended jigs. 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. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plant went in 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 and Strawberry Creek were both planted with DFW trout three weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.

Mar
04

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with even more bass moving shallow in a major pre-spawn movement of fish into the shoreline areas. Bass to six pounds have been reported by anglers tossing plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers. The trout action perked up after a 1,000-pound plant on Tuesday this week and the last plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows was Feb. 18. The shoreline around the marina, the launch ramp, and at both dams have been the best spots for the rainbows with spinners, small trout spoons, or Mice Tails top baits. Still light fishing pressure on the stripers but a few fish are showing on swimbaits. The best striper action has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. A few big bluegill and redear are starting to show, most taken by accident by bass anglers. No reports on other species. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. 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 warm weather continues to bring more and more pre-spawn bass up into the shoreline areas, especially along the north shore, and they have been fair in an afternoon bite on plastic worms and nightcrawlers. Stan Holmes, Anza, landed a four-pound bass on a Robo Worm in Sail Cove. The redear bite turned on in the marina over the past few days with slow to fair action on meal worms fished right on the bottom. Also some bluegill in this bite. The most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago, and a few large schools of trout have been reported in Sail Cove. No reports of other species. The launch ramp remains open. 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: The overall action had been picking up with fair to good bites on stripers and largemouth, with a few bluegill, catfish, and trout being landed. The stripers have been at the dam or in the east end showing on swim baits near the surface or cut baits near the bottom. The largemouth are moving shallow with fish nearing the spawn. Plastics and small reaction baits have been getting a lot of fish. Tyrese Gibson, Banning, was back this week and had two more largemouth to 5-8 fishing nightcrawlers near Ramp No. 2. While few catfish have been reported the last couple of weeks, Jason Fields, San Jacinto, landed a 10-1 catfish on chicken liver northwest of the marina. The bluegill are starting to show near Ramp 2 on the usual array of meal worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs, but this bite is tough. Trout are also very slow, with the most recent DFW plant over a month ago, but Luis Gonzalez, San Jacinto, had a 5-2 rainbow on a tube jig at Ramp No. 2. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No reports. There were 1,600 pounds of catfish planted Feb. 12. There were also 400 adult largemouth bass, 2,000 bluegill, and 3,000 black crappie, planted Feb. 17. 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. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

Feb
18

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of the bass in a major pre-spawn movement up into 15 feet of water or less and poking around structure. Bass to six pounds have been reported by anglers tossing plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers. The trout action is fair after a 1,000-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows last Wednesday and another that size three weeks ago. The most recent DFW plant was four weeks ago. The shoreline around the marina, the launch ramp, and at both dams have been the best spots for the rainbows with spinners, small trout spoons, or MiceTails top baits. Very light fishing pressure and few striper reports. A few big bluegill and redear are starting to show, most taken by accident by bass anglers. No reports on other species. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. 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 warm weather has brought a surge of pre-spawn bass up into the shoreline areas, especiall along the north shore, and thy have been fair on plastic worms and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite has been pretty fair off the marina docks on red worms or meal worms fished right on the bottom. There were DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago, and the bite has been slow to fair from Sail Cove to Lot No. 6 and around Alessandro Island. No reports of other species. The launch ramp remains open. 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: While fishing is still spotty overall, there are signs of improved bass and bluegill action with the continued warm weather this past week. Many bass are already moving shallow and showing on nightcrawlers and plastics in less than 10 feet of water. Top fish reported was a 5-6 bass landed by Tommy Wilson, Pomona, on a nightcrawler. The stripers have been slow with the shad in deep, open water and the stripers have been mirroring the shad. Tough bite. The catfish also showed some signs of life on cut baits, mostly chicken liver. Patricia Gomez, Winchester, landed a 9-4 catfish on Gulp! Bait. Even a few bluegill are starting to show, mostly in 10 to 18 feet of water on red worms, meal worms, wax worms, or small jigs topped with thos baits. Gerald Thomason, Palomar, had a 1-1 bluegill on a red worm across from the marina. Trout are very slow, and the most recent DFW plant was three weeks ago. There will not be any county trout plants this season. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Slow fishing with few reports. Hammered by historic drought, the fishery here has declined dramatically over the past three years. City officials decided that an El NiÒo winter was the perfect time to jump-start the lake’s recovery. Over 1,600 pounds of catfish — mostly mature fish that will spawn this spring — were planted Feb. 12. Those fish were scheduled to be joined by 400 adult largemouth bass, 2,000 bluegill, and 3,000 black crappie, in a plant Wednesday this week. 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. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

Feb
04

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout bite was fair over the past week, in spite of nasty weather over the weekend. A 1,000-pound of Mt. Lassen trout went in last week as did DFW rainbows. Previous DFW plants were two weeks ago, and the last Mt. Lassen plant was four weeks ago. The shoreline around the marina, the launch ramp, and at both dams have been the best spots for the rainbows with spinners, small trout spoons, or MiceTails top baits. Very light fishing pressure and few striper reports, but a few have been reported by anglers trolling at the dams. Largemouth bass are fair, but most fish are in deep water or suspended off points. Very little fishing pressure. No reports on other species. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. 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: A surprise crappie bite popped up over the past week in the marina with fish up to 2-8 reported. Most have been landed on small jigs topped with a Crappie Nibble or a meal worm fished right above the bottom. Otherwise, things have been tough. A few trout are still showing after the DFW plant two weeks ago with the best action from Sail Cove to Lot No. 6 and around Alessandro Island. The bass action has been slow in deep water (15 to 40 feet) on plastics and nightcrawlers, especially near the dam. Bluegill and redear slowed way down with only the odd fish showing on a jig or small bait on a jig. No reports of other species. The launch ramp remains open. 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: The bite slowed across the board with the colder, wet weather this past weekend. The stripers have been fair, especially early in the morning at the dsam on cut baits, topwater, and rip baits. The largemouth bass bite is also pretty fair on plastic worms. Best largemouth reported was a 6-1 caught by Jackson Williams, Yucaipa, while a six-even bass was landed by Cheryl Clementson, Elsinroe, on a nightcrawler. Other species have been slow, except for the trout. There were DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Most of the trout have been showing around Ramp No. 2, most on small spinners, Power Mice, or floating baits. There will not be any county trout plants this season. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Slow fishing with few reports. 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. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

Jan
14

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Mt. Lassen rainbow trout planted last Wednesday and DFW trout slated for this week. The bite has been slow to fair along the shoreline around the marina and launch ramp and at both dams. The best action has been on spinners, small trout spoons, or MiceTails. Very light fishing pressure and few striper reports, but Mike Southerland and Rob Shannon, both Hemet, had four stripers to six pounds trolling flies at the west dam on Sunday. There was also a 29-pound catfish reported by Se Yang on blood worms at the east dam. No other reports. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. 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 trout bite has been slow to fair after the DFW plant last Friday. The best action has been from Sail Cove to Lot No. 6 and around Alessandro Island with most of the fishing on Kastmasters, Roostertails, red worms, Mice Tails, and PowerBait. The fish are all pan-sized. The bass action has been slow to fair in deep water (15 to 40 feet) on plastics and nightcrawlers, especially near the dam. Jonny Kapahula, Redlands, landed a 3-8 bass off the marina docks on a plastics. Panfish very slow right now, but some bluegill in the marina on meal worms fished right on the bottom early in the day. The launch ramp remains open. 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: Overall slow action, but the striped bass bite remains pretty good for anglers who can dip some live shad, spotty otherwise. The best bite has been early in the morning along the north shore and North Bay. Brandon Smyth, Menifee, had an 8-2 striper on live shad. Other species are also tough with only an occasional bass or bluegill. Dennis Sketchly, Lake Elsinore, had a 7-9 bass fishing nightcrawlers on the north shore, while Sammy Sanchez, Menifee, land a 1-2 bluegill in the east end on a nightcrawler. DFW trout are slated to go in this week, and there have been a few half-pound rainbows showing around Ramp No. 2. There will not be any county trout plants this season. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Slow fishing with few reports. 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. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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