DIAMOND VALLEY: Both DFW and private plants of trout went in two weeks ago. The action has slowed for the trout. Most are one- to two-pound class fish. Small jigs and PowerBait have been the best for the trout. The striper bite is finally improving with a fair number of four to six-pound fish showing on trolled flies and trout-pattern swimbaits. The largemouth bass bite is best on plastics 20 to 50 feet of water in the afternoon, but some fish are still showing near the surface early in the day chasing baitfish. The catfish and panfish bites have slowed way down 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 plants last week and two weeks ago brought up a few big stripers. Chris Ike, Riverside, had a 21-5 striper on a swimbait at the launch ramp, while Joe Ferguson, Moreno Valley, landed a 17-5 striper. The largemouth bass action has been fair to good on cranks and swimbaits and some big fish continue to show. Adam Luoto, 14, Huntington Beach, caught his personal best bass, a 10-12 on a rainbow-colored lipless crankbait, while his dad Don Luoto also caught his best-ever bass, a seven-pounder on the same type of bait. The trout are starting to show in decent numbers on PowerBait and small jigs in the marina, Lots 11 and 12, and Sailboat Cove areas, but this action is still pretty tough. Quite a few redear and bluegill are showing in deep water on jigs and red worms in the marina, at the dam, and off the island. Other species very slow. 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 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 been fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers, especially around Launch Ramp No. 1, along the north shore, and around any tules. Jeff Thomas, Corona, had a six-pound bass on a nightcrawler. The striper bite has been fair at the dam and inlet, mostly on cut baits, but some fish are still showing on topwater and swimbaits. Top striper was a nine-pounder caught by Justin Meadows, Banning, at the inlet on anchovies, while Scot Ortiz, Lake Elsinore, had an 8.5-pounder on shad. Catfish are slow to fair at both ramps, in most coves, and catfish alley. Chicken liver, mackerel and nightcrawlers have all been good baits. Bluegill and redear are slow. The DFW announced it will resume planting rainbow trout beginning in January. No word on county trout plants. 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, but there continues to be a slow to 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: Water level is very low, but the trout fishing has been excellent, with Lightning Trout planted last week, and the catfish bite has also been pretty decent for those targeting the cats. Owen and Nathan Delacruz, Lake Elsinore, caught 11 trout totaling 33-8 using worms from shore on the backside of the lake. Juan Vagas, Riverside, caught five Lighting trout totaling 15 pounds his largest was at 6-8. On the catfish side, Jose Martinez, Corona, caught five catfish totaling 19-8 and his largest weighed in at nine pounds. Dennis Maldonado, Los Angeles, caught 10 catfish totaling 25 pounds using mackerel at the dam. Due to low water, the lake is only open Friday through Tuesday and no boats or float tubes are being allowed until the water comes up, including rental boats. There will also be no 24-hour fishing. Information: 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.
RANCHO JURUPA: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: The first trout plant of the season went in four weeks ago but the bite has slowed since. Both the trout and catfish are fair at best, but there are tagged fish of both species worth up to $50 in the lakes. Francino Hernandez, Redlands, landed a 2-3 rainbow on PowerBait from the upper lake. Information: 909-795-0171.
LITTLE LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season three weeks ago. Information: 530-526-7937.
REFLECTION LAKE: No report. Information: 951-654-7906 or www.reflectionlakerv.com.
JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: Catfish action has been fair to good. Anchovies have been the top bait, but the mackerel and nightcrawlers are also good. The lake is open seven days a week. Monday through Thursday hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Friday through Sunday hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. No catch and release allowed. No state fishing license required. Information: 951-679-6562.