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Jul
20

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Both the bluegill and largemouth bites are good here. The bass are steady with good action on topwater baits early in the morning, and a lot of fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. A lot of anglers reporting 10- to 25-fish stringers of bluegill and/or redear with some at a pound or better. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits getting the panfish, and the top spots have been the ladders on the dams for boat anglers and the second cove to the right of the marina for shore anglers. The catfish bite is slow to fair with little pressures. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. 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: Both the panfish and largemouth bites continue to be fair to good, especially early and late in the day. The bass are mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with a lot of fish topping four pounds but most 1-8 to 2-8. The outside edges of weed beds have been the top spots. Sheila Rutherford, Nuevo, had a 4-3 bass off the marina docks. The bluegill and redear bites are good, with the best action still east of the island, along the dam, lots 11 and 12, and off the marina docks. Lots of weed beds to deal with, but the bite is good early and late in the day. Crickets, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms are all getting fish. John Baker, Menfee, had seven bluegill and his top fish was a 1-6, all on wax worms off the marina docks. A few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Also a few catfish reports this week on the north shore on cut baits and nightcrawlers. Matthews Trempe, Perris, had a 15-pounder on a nightcrawler. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early next year. 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 catfish bite has been good, while the largemouth and striper bites remains pretty fair. The catfish bite has been best on cut baits at Ramp No. 2, along the south shore, and in Catfish Alley. Annette Salas, Pico Rivera, had a 10.1-pound catfish on mackerel at Ramp No. 2. Christopher Smith, Laguna Niguel, landed a 9.4-pound catfish on chicken liver, also near Ramp No. 2. The stripers remain fair to good with early morning and late evening boils on shad, especially at the inlet and buoy line. Ricky Sanchez, Murrieta, had a 9.1-pound striper on a jerk bait at the inlet. The largemouth bass bite has been fair with some topwater early on frogs or other surface baits. The bluegill bite is mostly on smaller fish around reeds and other cover, and it has been fair at best. Wax worms and meal worms have been top baits. Carp are getting little pressure, but the bite has been good on dough baits in Catfish Alley and along the south shore. 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: 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.

 

Jul
13

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Both the bluegill and largemouth bites are very good here. The bass have remain steady with good action on topwater baits, and a lot of fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. A lot of anglers reporting 10- to 25-fish stringers of bluegill and/or redear with some at a pound or better. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits getting the panfish, and the top spots have been the ladders on the dams for boat anglers and the second cove to the right of the marina for shore anglers. The catfish bite is slow to fair with little pressures. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. 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: Both the panfish and largemouth bites continue to be fair to good, especially early and late in the day. The bass are mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with a lot of fish topping four pounds but most 1-8 to 2-8. A 5-2 was caught by Dan Wheeler, Hemet on a nightcrawler east of the island, while Christopher Benito, Moreno Valley, landed a 4-6 bass on a Senko off the marina dock. The bluegill and redear bites are good, with the best action still east of the island and along the dam, but fish are also showing throughout the east end and along lots 11 and 12. Crickets, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms are all getting fish. A few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Also a few catfish reports this week on the north shore on cut baits. Christopher Brown, Moreno Valley, landed a 25-pound catfish off the marina docks. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early next year. 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 catfish bite has been good, while the largemouth and striper bites remains pretty fair. The catfish bite has been best on cut baits at Ramp No. 2, along the south shore, and in Catfish Alley. Emmitt Smith, Winchester, had a 12-2 catfish at Ramp No. 2, while Tony Manella, Winchester, had a 10-pound cat on chicken liver fishing the south shoreline. The stripers remain fair to good with early morning and late evening boils on shad, especially at the inlet and buoy line. The largemouth bass bite has been fair with some topwater early on frogs or other surface baits. Bryan White, Mira Loma, had a 5-1 largemouth on a Robo Worm off the south shore. The bluegill bite is mostly on smaller fish around reeds and other cover, and it has been fair at best. Wax worms and meal worms have been top baits. Carp are getting little pressure, but the bite has been good on dough baits in Catfish Alley and along the south shore. 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: 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.

Jun
29

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Both the bluegill and largemouth bites are very good here. The bass have really started to break open, especially on topwater baits, and a lot of fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. A lot of anglers reporting 10- to 25-fish stringers of bluegill and/or redear with some at a pound or better. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits getting the panfish, and the top spots have been the ladders on the dams for boat anglers and the second cove to the right of the marina for shore anglers. Victor Pardo, Corona, caught a dozen bluegill that weighed a total of 11.32 pounds using jigs fishing off the bank. The catfish bite is slow to fair with little pressures. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. 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: Both the panfish and largemouth bites continue to be fair to good, especially early and late in the day. The bass are mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with a lot of fish topping four pounds but most 1-8 to 2-8. Robert Hodges, Riverside, had three bass to 5-5 on Robo Worms. The bluegill and redear bites are good, with the best action still east of the island and along the dam, but fish are also showing throughout the east end and along lots 11 and 12. Crickets, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms are all getting fish. William Smith, San Jacinto, had a mixed stringer of 12 redear and bluegill to 2-1 fishing crickets off the marina docks. Lee Ching, Chino Hills, had nine of the panfish and his top with was a 1-9. He was fishing east of the island with meal worms and wax worms. A few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. Also no catfish reports. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early next year. 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 lake was closed Tuesday this week for a bluestone application to kill blue-green algae. This usually hammers the bite for a number of days. The best action has been on catfish with a recent stock, but good action on holdover fish, too. The best bite has been in Catfish Alley, but the east end and dam areas are also pretty good. Chicken liver and anchovies have been the top baits. Donald Lee Yang, Winchester, had a 10-2 catfish on anchovies near Ramp No. 2. Stephany Bale, Murrieta, landed three catfish to 9-4 on anchovies in the East Bay. The stripers and largemouth have been fair to good on topwater and swimbaits early in the day. The stripers have been best at the dam and inlet, while the largemouths are best in the east end. A 7-6 striper was caught by Boone Sanchez, Temecula, at the inlet on a nightcrawler. The bluegill bite is mostly on smaller fish around reeds and other cover, and it has been fair at best. Wax worms and meal worms have been top baits. Carp are getting little pressure, but the bite has been good on dough baits in Catfish Alley and along the south shore. 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: 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.

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. No reports. 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 last week and three weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.

Jun
08

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The best action has been on bluegill and redear with a lot of anglers reporting 25-fish limits with some at a pound or better. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits getting the panfish, and the top spots have been the ladders on the dams for boat anglers and the second cove to the right of the marina for shore anglers. The largemouth bass action has been fair to good on Senkos, small jigs, and dropshot plastics. Most are in 10 to 30 feet of water with some topwater and near-surface action early and late in the day. The striper bite has been slow with only a few fish caught on swimbaits or trolled flies, and none bigger than six pounds. The catfish bite also slowed this week, but still fair action on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. 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 are good with most of the fish in 10 to 12 feet of water and showing on small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. The east of the island has been the hot spot. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with some fish starting to show on topwater early and late in the day and plastics the rest of the time. Anglers targeting carp are reporting some nice fish on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. Also no catfish reports. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early next year. 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 catfish bite remained good over the past week with lots of nice fish reported. Tops were fish at 9.9 and 8.4 pounds landed by Raymond Dominguez and Ray Jr., both Fallbrok, fishing anchovies near the dam. Bobby Mylanta, Murrieta, had a 7.6-pound catfish. The dam area and most coves are producing cats now. Stripers are also pretty fair with some better fish starting to show on shad-like cranks, topwater baits, and cut baits like anchovies and chicken liver. The inlet and mid-lake points have been the best spots. The largemouth bite is fair to good on dark plastics and nightcrawlers around most of the lake on structure. The topwater and reaction bait bite is also starting to take off with quit a few rat and frog fish this past week. The bluegill bite remains slow to fair except for small fish, which are showing in pretty good numbers at the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Wax worms and meal worms have been top baits. Carp are getting little pressure, but the bite has been good on dough baits in Catfish Alley and along the south shore. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Fair to good catfish action. Lake level is up with runoff. 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, 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.

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. No reports. 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 this week and two weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Catfish action is good. Catfish plants are weekly. 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: 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
01

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite is fair to good on Senkos, Ikas, small jigs, and drop-shot plastics with the fish still in eight to 25 feet of water with a lot of fish to five or six pounds. The bluegill bite has been good, with most fish in less than 15 feet of water and showing on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The dam ladders are the top spots. Catfish are showing in fair to good numbers, mostly at the dams and in most coves on frozen anchovies or mackerel. The striper bite has been slow, but some fish are still showing on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 are good with most of the fish in 10 to 12 feet of water and showing on small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. The east of the island has been the hot spot. Mario Gonzales, Riverside, had a mixed stringer of 12 bluegill and redear to 1-11 on red worms and nightcrawlers. Daniel Smith, Moreno Valley, had nine bluegill to 1-9. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with some fish starting to show on topwater early and late in the day and plastics the rest of the time. Anglers targeting carp are reporting some nice fish on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. Also no catfish reports. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early next year. 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 catfish bite has broken open with good action over the holiday weekend and lots of nice fish reported. Tops was a 9.9-pounder caught by Mark Vasquez, Riverside, fishing chicken liver at the inlet. Corey Kalota, Ontario, landed a 6.8-poudner at Ramp No. 2 on anchovies. The dam area and most coves are producing cats now. Stripers are also pretty fair with some better fish starting to show on shad-like cranks, topwater baits, and cut baits like anchovies and chicken live. The inlet and mid-lake points have been the best spots. Michael Sanders, Menifee, landed an 8.2-pound striper on anchovies mid-lake. The largemouth bite is fair to good on dark plastics and nightcrawlers around most of the lake on structure. The topwater and reaction bait bite is also starting to take off with quit a few rat and frog fish this past week. The bluegill bite hasn’t really recovered since the bluestone application three weeks ago, but some fish are starting to show again at the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. Carp are getting little pressure, but the bite has been good on dough baits in Catfish Alley and along the south shore. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Fair to good catfish action. Lake level is up with runoff. 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, 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.

May
25

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite is fair to good on Senkos, Ikas, small jigs, and drop-shot plastics with the fish still in eight to 25 feet of water with a lot of fish to five or six pounds. The bluegill bite has been good, with most fish in less than 15 feet of water and showing on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The dam ladders are the top spots. Catfish are showing in fair to good numbers, mostly at the dams and in most coves on frozen anchovies or mackerel. The striper bite has been slow, but some fish are still showing on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 are fair to good with most of the fish in 10 to 12 feet of water and showing on small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. No limits reported, but some nice stringers of quality fish. Travis Walker, San Jacinto, had seven bluegill and redear to 1.9 pounds on red worms around the island, while Justin Long, Moreno Valley, had six bluegill and redear to 1.6 pounds on nightcrawlers and red worms off the marina docks. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with some fish starting to show on topwater early and late in the day and plastics the rest of the time. Roger Gonzalez, Riverside, had three bass to 4.2 pounds on drop-shot Robo Worms in the southeast end of the lake. Anglers targeting carp are reporting some nice fish on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. Also no catfish reports. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early next year. 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 first catfish plant of the season was May 12, and the catfish bite has been fair to good. Most anglers are using chicken liver, anchovies, or Gulp! catfish bait in the Ramp No. 2 area. The dam area and most coves are producing cats now. Greg Rivas, Moreno Valley, landed a 6.3-pound catfish on mackerel off the south shoreline, while Zack Myers, San Diego, had a 4.7-pounder at ramp No. 2 on a nigthcrawler. Stripers are also pretty fair with some better fish starting to show on umbrella rigs, topwater baits, and even nightcrawlers. The east end and the inlet are the top spots. The largemouth bite is also pretty good on dark plastics and nightcrawlers around most of the lake on structure. The topwater and reaction bait bite is also starting to take off with quit a few rat and frog fish this past week. Wendy Zuckerman, San Dimas, landed a 5.2-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler in the east end. The bluegill bite hasn’t really recovered since the bluestone application two weeks ago, but some fish are starting to show again at the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Fair to good catfish action. Lake level is up with runoff. 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.

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. No reports. 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 this week and two weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.

May
11

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite is picking back up and some quality fish are coming in. The best action has been on Senkos, Ikas, small jigs, and drop-shot plastics with the fish still in just eight to 25 feet of water. Lost of fish to five pounds. The final trout plant of the season, 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows, went in three weeks ago. The action has been slow to fair with most of the fish being landed showing near the marina. The bluegill bite has been improving with very good action in the shallows (less than 15 feet of water) and showing in good numbers on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The dam ladders are the top spots. Catfish are showing in fair to good numbers, mostly at the dams and in most coves on frozen anchovies or mackerel. The striper bite has been slow, but some fish are still showing on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 are breaking wide open with a lot of fish on beds spawning now, but the cold front has stalled the bite. Many fish in less than eight feet of water, and the action is best on small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. Jonny Gonzalez, Moreno Valley, had eight redear to 1.6 pounds at Lots 11 and 12 on meal worms and nightcrawlers. Milton Long, Palm Desert, had a two-pound redear fishing off the dock with nightcrawlers. The largemouth bass bite has slowed to just fair with most of the fish in less than 20 feet of water, but the spawn is pretty much over. The best bite is on plastics and reaction baits. Warren Taylor, San Bernardino, landed a 5.4-pound bass on a finesse plastic off the east shoreline. It was the best of three fish he landed. Trout are slow, but a few are showing on the north side of the lake after the DFW plant three weeks ago. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics. No other reports. Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and on schedule to be done by early next year. 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 lake was bluestoned (copper sulfate is used to kill blue-green algae) last week and this really slowed most of the bites. The best bites have been for catfish and largemouth. The cats have been best on chicken liver, anchovies, or mackerel at Ramp No. 1, across from the marina, and along the north shore. Timmy Umatham, Temecula, had an 8.2-pound cat on anchovies at Ramp No. 2. Frank Santiago, Jr., San Diego, had a 6.9-pound cat, also on anchovies, but off the south shore. Most of the bass are showing on The most fish are being landed on plastics, Flukes, or jigs in less than 15 feet of water all around the lake. The striper bite is fair at the inlet, mid-lake, and Ramp 2 areas. Swimbaits and cut baits are both getting fish, but jigging spoons and even some topwater baits have produced. The bluegill bite was really turning on before the copper sulfate was applied last week, but the bite has stalled and has been slow. The buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Fair to good catfish action. Lake level is up with runoff. 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.

Apr
20

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The final trout plant of the season, 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows, went in this week. There was also a plant five weeks ago. The action has been good since the plant Tuesday, and the marina area has been the top spot. The largemouth bass bite is very good with spawning fish still mostly shallow. Most of the fish are up in less than 15 feet of water and many are in two to three feet of water. Most are smaller fish to three pounds, with a few bigger fish are showing now. The bluegill bite is also improving with the fish moving into less than 15 feet of water and showing on wax worms, meal worms, and crickets. The dam ladders are the top spots. The striper bite has been slow, but some fish are still showing on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 bite is good with the fish mostly in shallow water as the spawn tails off. The best bite is on small plastics, jigs, and reaction baits. While the bass are showing around the lake, the east end and around the island have been the best spots. The bluegill and redear bites are just starting with most of the fish in four to 20 feet of water and moving shallower. Most are taking small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. Trout are fair on the north side of the lake and a DFW plant is slated for this week and there was a plant two weeks ago. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics. No other reports. Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and on schedule to be done by early next year. 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 bass bite has broken wide open with fish in the shallows for the spawn. The fish are showing all around the lake on plastics and jigs in less than eight feet of water. Also some quality fish being landed. A 9.9-pounder was caught by Timothy Knolls, Pico Rivera, on a nightcrawler off the north shore. Brady Santiago, Rialo, landed an 8.9-pounder, also on a nightcrawler, across from the marina. Final county trout plant of the season was four weeks ago, but DFW fish went in last week and two weeks ago. The bite is slow to fair in the Ramp 2 area on inflated nightcrawlers and PowerBait. The bluegill bite also started to improve with fair to good action as the fish move up shallower for the spawn. The buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. The striper bite is also fair to good at the inlet, mid-lake, and Ramp 2 areas. Swimbaits and cut baits are both getting fish, but jigging spoons and even some topwater baits have produced. The catfish action has slow with only a few fish showing in the east end, at the buoy line, inlet, and mid-lake. Most are being caught on cut baits with garlic shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel the best bets. There was a 23-pounder reported but the angler left without leaving a name. Patt Michaelson, Temecula, landed a 10.2-pound cat on a piece of chicken liver at the inlet. Lake Skinner is currently 72 percent of capacity. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No reports. Lake level is up with runoff. 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.

Apr
06

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite is very good with spawning fish in the shallows and fanning out nests. Most of the fish are up in less than 15 feet of water and many are in two to three feet of water. Most are smaller fish to three pounds, with a few bigger fish are showing now. The bluegill bite is also improving, although most fish are still in deeper water off the dams, with the ladders the best spots. Trout are fair with the most recent plant three weeks ago when 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows went in. The marina area has continued to be the top spot. The striper bite slowed, but some fish are still showing on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 bite is good with the fish mostly in shallow water for the spawn. Many fish are already on beds and the bite is best of small plastics, jigs, and reaction baits. While the bass are showing around the lake, the east end and around the island have been the best spots. The bluegill and redear bites are just starting with most of the fish still off in 12 to 40 feet of water, but some fish are moving up shallow for the spawn. Most are taking small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. Trout are slow, but a DFW plant is slated for this week. The best action for rainbows has been in Sail Cove and Lots 11 and 12. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics. No other reports. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and on schedule to be done by early next year. 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 bass bite has broken wide open with fish flooding into the shallows for the spawn. The fish are showing all around the lake and are already fanning out beds. The best action has been on plastics and jigs in less than eight feet of water. Brandon Stone, Long Beach, had an 8.9-pound bass, while Stan Lee, Oceanside, landed an 8.1-pounder. Final county trout plant of the season was two weeks ago and the bite is still pretty fair in the Ramp 2 area. DFW trout slated to go in this week. Fish to four pounds reported on nightcrawlers and PowerBait. The bluegill bite also started to improve, but most of the fish remain in deeper water with the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. The striper bite is also fair to good at the inlet, mid-lake, and Ramp 2 areas. Swimbaits and cut baits are both getting fish, but jigging spoons and even some topwater baits have produced. The catfish action has slow with only a few fish showing in the east end, at the buoy line, inlet, and mid-lake. Most are being caught on cut baits with garlic shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel the best bets. Patricia Mohr, Temecula, landed a 9.9-pound channel cat at the inlet on chicken liver. Lake Skinner is currently 72 percent of capacity. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Some crappie and bass are showing. Lake level is up with runoff. 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.

Mar
30

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite very good with spawning fish flooding into the shallows and fanning out nests. Most of the fish are up in less than 15 feet of water and many are in two to three feet of water. Most are smaller fish to three pounds, with a few bigger fish are showing now. The bluegill bite is also improving, although those fish are still in deeper water off the dams, with the ladders the best spots. Trout are fair with the most recent plant two weeks ago when 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows went in. The marina area has continued to be the top spot. The striper bite also continues to improve with the best action on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 bite is wide open with the fish mostly in shallow water for the spawn. Many fish are already on beds and the bite is best of small plastics, jigs, and reaction baits. While the bass are showing around the lake, the east end and around the island have been the best spots. James Jacobs, Riverside, caught and released 10 bass to 5.4 pounds on Senkos. Michael Chin, Chino Hills, had eight bass to 4.7 pounds on drop-shot plastics. The bluegill and redear bites are just starting with most of the fish still off in 12 to 40 feet of water and taking small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. Trout are slow with the most recent DFW plant three weeks ago. The best action for rainbows has been in Sail Cove and Lots 11 and 12. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics. No other reports. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and on schedule to be done by early next year. 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 bass bite has broken wide open with fish flooding into the shallows for the spawn. The fish are showing all around the lake and are already fanning out beds. The best action has been on plastics and jigs in less than eight feet of water. Riley Stark, Chino Hills, landed a 7.9-pound bass near the buoy line. Final county trout plant of the season was last week and the bite has been good in the Ramp 2 area. There were also county fish three and five weeks ago, and DFW trout went in two and four weeks ago. Fish to four pounds reported on nightcrawlers and PowerBait. The bluegill bite also started to improve, but most of the fish remain in deeper water with the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. The striper bite is also fair to good at the inlet, mid-lake, and Ramp 2 areas. Swimbaits and cut baits are both getting fish, but jigging spoons and even some topwater baits have produced. The catfish action has slow with only a few fish showing in the east end, at the buoy line, inlet, and mid-lake. Most are being caught on cut baits with garlic shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel the best bets. Eliseo Hernandez, San Bernardino, landed a 23.5-pound channel on a nightcrawler across from the marina. Lake Skinner is currently 72 percent of capacity. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Some crappie are started to be caught. Lake level is up with runoff. 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.

Mar
09

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite is good and improving. Most bass are up in less than 15 feet of water. The pre-spawn movement of fish is accelerating with the most recent warm days. Most are smaller fish to three pounds, with a few bigger fish still in deeper water. The bluegill bite is also improving, although those fish are still in deeper water off the dams, with the ladders the best spots. Trout were very good after the big plant two weeks ago, but rainbow to five pounds continue to be landed in dwindling numbers. The marina area has continued to be the top spot. The striper bite also continues to improve with the best action on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 warm weather this week has really turned on the bass and panfish bites here this week. The largemouth are mostly showing in less than 10 feet of water in the east of the lake and off Lots 11 and 12 for both shore, float tube, and boat anglers, with plastic worms fished drop-shot or Texas-rigged styles. Also some action on shallow running cranks. Robert Lewis, San Diego, had a 4.2-pound bass on a shallow-running crank. William Robinson, Moreno Valley, had three bass to 3.2 pounds on off the east side of the island on plastics. The best bluegill bite has also moved off lots 11 and 12 in a little deeper water than the bass with most in 10 to 20 feet of water and showing on red worms or meal worms, fished by themselves or on the tip of a jig. John Walters, Banning, had three bluegill to 1.1 pound. Trout are slow, but a DFW plant this week should perk this action. The most recent previous plant was four weeks ago. The best action for rainbows has been in Sail Cove and Lots 11 and 12. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics.
No other reports. 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 this week, two and four weeks ago and DFW trout went in last week and three weeks ago. Overall, the trout bite has been pretty fair with the best action at Launch Ramp No. 2 and adjacent coves and shoreline areas. Best bite has been on salmon or rainbow PowerBait inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent, small tube jigs, and trout Power Worms. Greg Cook, Elsinore, had five trout with a total stringer weight of 4.1 pounds fishing nightcrawlers near Ramp No. 2. The striper bite is also fair to good at the inlet, mid-lake, and Ramp 2 areas. Swimbaits and cut baits are both getting fish, but jigging spoons and even some topwater baits have produced. Robert Patterson, Chino Hills, had a pair of stripers totaling 6.6 pounds fishing shad at the buoy line.The catfish action has slow with only a few fish showing in the east end, at the buoy line, inlet, and mid-lake. Most are being caught on cut baits with garlic shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel the best bets. The largemouth bass bite has been fair and picking up rapidly with the warm weather, especially along the south shoreline areas on jigs, plastics, and nightcrawlers. Many fish are starting to move up. The bluegill bite also started to improve, but most of the fish remain in deeper water with the buoy line area the best bet. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing information. Lake level is up with runoff. 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.

Mar
02

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite is improving and more and more bass are up in less than 10 feet of water. The pre-spawn movement of fish is accelerating with the most recent warm days. Most are smaller fish to three pounds, with a few bigger fish still in deeper water. The bluegill bite is also improving, although those fish are still in deeper water off the dams, with the ladders the best spots. Alex Hidalgo, Temecula, caught a 1.3-pound bluegill on a nightcrawler. Trout were very good after last week’s big plant and a number of trophy fish to five pounds were landed. The marina area has continued to be the top spot. The striper bite also continues to improve with the best action on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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: In spite of the widely variable weather this past week, it appears the bass are starting to move up in a major movement of pre-spawn fish. Most are now showing in less than 15 feet of water on plastics. Justin Casillo, Riverside, had three bass to 4-2 on cranks baits off Parking Lots 11 and 12. William Webb, Highland, had a pair of bass to 3-6 on plastics at the island near the tire reef. Trout are slow with the most recent DFW plant three weeks ago. 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. The bluegill and redear bite has started to improve with fair action in 18 to 25 feet of water. Robert Bates, Banning, had five bluegill to 1-3 on meal worms near the island. No other reports. 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 three weeks ago and DFW trout went in two and four weeks ago. Overall, the trout bite has been pretty fair with the best action at Launch Ramp No. 2 and adjacent coves and shoreline areas. Best bite has been on salmon or rainbow PowerBait inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent. Sandy Patterson, Temecula, had three trout otalling 4-4. The striper bite is also pretty fair at the inlet, mid-lake, and Ramp 2 areas. Swimbaits and cut baits are both getting fish, but jigging spoons and even some topwater baits have produced. The catfish action has slow with only a few fish showing in the east end, at the buoy line, inlet, and mid-lake. Most are being caught on cut baits with garlic shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel the best bets. Theresa Sandoval, Winchester, landed a 7.7-pound catfish on chicken liver. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair along the south shorelines jigs, plastics, and nightcrawlers. Many fish are starting to move up. 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. 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

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
09

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. The trout action has been slow to fair with the most recent plant a 3,500-pound Mt. Lassen stock three weeks ago. But DFW rainbows were slated to go in this week. 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 continue to be caught in pretty fair numbers on a variety of slow-fished plastic baits. Chuck Lewis, Banning, had seven bass to 4.1 pounds on a Creature Bait fished on a football jig head fishing west of the island. Joseph Ferguson, Moreno Valley, had six bass to 3.2 pounds on drop-shot Senkos at the marina docks. The carp bite, which has slowed down, came back on a little this week, especially in the east end at Lots 11 and 12. Andy Chow, Buena Park, had a mixed stringer of bass (on plastics) and carp (on homemade dough bait). His best carp was a 4.2-pounder. A few bluegill and redear have been reported off the west side of the island in 20 to 25 feet of water on red worms and meal worms. DFW trout plants this week and four weeks ago. 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. 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 catfish action has been the best bet 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. Patrick Thompson, Oceanside, had a pair of catfish and his best was a 12.9-pounder, while Thomas Ryan Thorpe, Winchester, landed a 9.7-pound cat. Country trout plants this week and two weeks ago. DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Overall, slow to fair action on the rainbows with the best bite in the east end along the coves. PowerBait and small trout plastics and jigs are the best get. The striper bite slow to just fair this week, but the fish being landed have been in open water at mid-lake and along the south shore on swimbaits, jerkbaits, and a few on cutbaits. The afternoon bite was best this past week. 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 coming up quickly with runoff, but it is still 15 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.

Jan
26

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. Steven Ekema, Murrieta, landed an 11.84-pound striper using a Triple Trout off the east point. The trout action has been fair after a 3,500-pound Mt. Lassen plant last week. Small trout jigs, Kastmasters, inflated nightcrawlers with scent, and PowerBait have been the best bets. The largemouth bite has been slow to fair 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 are slow to fair on jigs, drop-shot or Texas-rigged plastic worms, and even on some deep-diving crankbaits. No big fish, but lots of 1-8 to two pounder. Mike Lewis, Riverside, had three bass to 3.4-pounds on cranks, while Anthony Villatra, Moreno Valley, landed a 2.6-pounder on a drop-shot plastic. Daniel Vargas, Perris, landed a two pounds on a jig. A few bluegill and redear have been reported off the marina docks on red worms or meal worms. The most recent DFW trout plant two weeks, and a few rainbows continue to show on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and lures. No carp reports this week, but this bite has been fair to good on homemade dough baits all along the north shore from Sail Cove to the launch ramps and 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: County trout plants two weeks ago and DFW trout went in last week. A few trout are finally starting to show for anglers fishing Roostertails, PowerBait, and salmon eggs, mostly in the east end. Stripers have been fair on swimbaits and jerkbaits early in the day schooled in open water under shad, while the afternoon bite is best on bait, mostly sardines or chicken liver. The rain has stirred up the catfish and some nicer fish are showing at Ramp No. 2 and the inlet area. Preston Morris, Hemet, landed a 12-pound catfish on a crankbait from the south shoreline. Thomas Debnahm, Pasadena, had two catfish to 10-7, both on chicken liver in the east end. 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 coming up quickly with runoff. 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.