DIAMOND VALLEY: DFW trout were planted last week and Mt. Lassen rainbows were planted three weeks ago. The trout bite has slowed since the plants, but a few fish are still being caught on small jigs, Roostertails, and PowerBait. While the weather over the weekend lulled most of the bites, a few big redear are again being reported from the dam areas and shoreline fishing areas, most on nightcrawlers. Little pressure on the redear or bluegill. The striper bite is slow to fair with four to six-pound fish (a few bigger) showing on cut baits, trout-patterned swim baits, trolled flies off the west dam. The largemouth bass bite slowed with the cold snap but were coming back on at mid-week. The storm didn’t cool the water much, so the fish are moving back up and showing in six to 10 feet of water on the shallow end and still in 20 to 30 feet or more on the deeper end. Plastics, reaction baits, and swimbaits have all been producing fish around the islands and the inside of coves. The catfish bite is slow. 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 fair to good with more fish showing in less than 10 feet of water on plastics, but they are also still in deep water. The marina, launch ramp, and Alessandro Island are still the best spots. A few crappie continue to be reported on jigs off the north shore early in the morning. The bluegill are still in deep water but are starting to stir a little, too. Few redears in this bite yet. There was a DFW trout plant three weeks ago, and there is a slow to fair trout bite along the whole west side of the lake from Sail Cove to parking lots 11 and 12. Water level has stabilized at 1,544 feet, which will allow the last remaining launch ramp to stay open throughout the summer. Water levels could come up, but they won’t drop any lower. 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: Trout fishing has been fair to good with state fish planted last Tuesday, with the fish split between ramps No. 1 and No. 2, and then the more trout went in on Friday at Ramp No. 2. There was another trout plant Wednesday this week, again at Ramp No. 2. The bite has been best on small jigs, trout plastics, spinners or small spoons, inflated nightcrawlers and floating dough baits. There is still a little confusion on if the Friday and Wednesday plants were county or DFW fish, but for anglers it doesn’t matter. The DFW tentatively plans to plant every two weeks through the rest of trout season (until the water gets too warm), but it has been reported there would be additional plants (by the county?) the weeks of March 9 and March 23. These are the first trout plants in over two years. The trout also stimulated the trophy striped bass bite. There were fish at 19, 22, and 23 pounds reported late last week, and one of the big fish had five rainbow trout in its stomach. There also continue to be a fair number of smaller stripers showing on cut baits (mostly mackerel or chicken liver) and shad, with some also on topwater and jerk baits. Fred Romero, Temecula, had a pair of five-pound stripers caught on worms at mid-lake. The largemouth bite has also been very good with a lot of fish moving into the shallows in the high water this week. Lots of three to four-pound fish. Brian Walker, Temecula, caught an eight-pound bass on a crawdad off the north shore, while Greg Peterson, Temecula, landed a six-pounder on a worm, also off the north shore. A few bluegill, including some fish over a pound, continue to show at Ramp No. 2 on nightcrawlers or small jigs. A few catfish are also showing, but they are getting little pressure. Water levels are still high, but should be dropping back down this week. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: The crappie bite has broken open in the past week. 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. The best action has been on small 1/16th-ounce of smaller jigs fished two feet below a bobber. The good action has been limited to the early morning and late evening. A few largemouth are also starting to show as the shallows warm and there is a pre-spawn movement of fish up into this warmer water. Also a few catfish showing 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: Trout fishing remains fair to good with weekly plants. Top fish reported this past week was a 26-8 sturgeon caught and released by Denise Salucedo, Santa Fe Springs, on a nightcrawler from shore on a nightcrawler near the dam. 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. County plants are twice a month. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Trout plant two weeks ago. Just fair action on the rainbows with most fish showing on PowerBait. Tagged trout worth up to $50 each were part of this plant. The bass action is also starting to turn on as the shallows warm up and a lot of fish to two pounds are being caught. 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.