DIAMOND VALLEY: Mt. Lassen rainbows were planted Tuesday last week (2,000 pounds) and the DFW also planted three weeks ago. The trout bite has been pretty good on small jigs, Roostertails, and PowerBait. Some fish to six pounds reported. The striper bite slow to fair with four to six-pound fish showing on cut baits, trout-patterned swim baits, trolled flies off the west dam. Rob Shannon, El Cajon, had five stripers trolling white flies and his best fish was eight pounds. The largemouth bass bite is tough, but the best action has been on plastics in 20 to 50 feet of water, but some fish are still showing near the surface early in the day chasing baitfish. Swimbaits are best for those fish. Around the islands and the inside of coves have been the top spots. The catfish and panfish bites are slow with light pressure on both species. 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 DFW trout plant three weeks ago, but the action has been fair for the past couple of weeks, especially in the launch ramp cove and in the marina on red worms and Power Bait. A few trout are showing along the whole west side of the lake from Sail Cove to parking lots 11 and 12. The largemouth bass are slow to fair light pressures. Most of the fish are in 30 feet or more and showing on plastics or swimbaits fished deep. Joe Martinez, Norco, had four bass to two pounds on nightcrawlers in the marina. A few redear and bluegill continue to show in deep water along the west side of the lake in 50 feet or so of water, mostly on small jigs, but this bite is very tough. 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 striped bass and largemouth bass have both been pretty fair this past week. The stripers are stacked up at the dam-inlet area and showing on cut baits, live shad, and topwater or jerk baits when the fish are up chasing bait. The largemouth bass are best all along the north shore and most of the points. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Skip Waldo, Murrieta, caught a five-pound largemouth on a pastic worm off the point adjacent to Ramp No. 2. The big news remains the budding bluegill bite at Ramp No. 1 and along the south shoreline. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, but a few fish also on jigs. The big fish was 1-8 caught by Bo Smith, Orange County, on a nightcrawler off the north shore. Catfish are slow, but David Preston, San Bernardino, landed a 7-8 cat on cut bait in the east end. Still no word when DFW and county trout plants will resume here, but it’s rumored to be soon. Water levels are very low and boat anglers are cautioned about obstructions in the shallow coves in the east end of the lake. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.
ELSINORE: Few reports, light fishing pressure. Slow fair bite on catfish for anglers using shrimp, mackerel, or fresh shad. No other reports. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: Fair to good trout action with weekly plants. The biggest trout of the urban trout season was caught here this past week when Doan Royaty, Lake Elsinore, landed a 21-pound rainbow. Most fish about a pound, however. While other species are mostly slow, Vicktor Anaya, Riverside, landed a 19-pound catfish on shrimp. The lake is open Friday through Tuesday and no boats or float tubes are being allowed until the water level comes up, including rental boats. There is also no 24-hour fishing yet this season. Information: 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.
RANCHO JURUPA: DFW trout plant last week. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: The next trout plant will be Feb. 3. While the bite has been slow, Eddie Radke, Beaumont, landed a 2-5 rainbow on a nightcrawler-PowerBait combo. Tagged trout worth up to $25 each were part of the last plant (and not all have been landed) and the next plant. Also slow action on other species. Information: 909-795-0171.
LITTLE LAKE: DFW trout plant three 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.