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Jun
14

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good on plastics, swimbaits, or nightcrawlers. The early morning topwater bite is also pretty good. The bluegill, redear, and catfish bites are also pretty decent, especially the panfish. The panfish action has been along most shorelines with structure but out in six to 18 feet of water. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few on big swimbaits or trolled flies early in the day. 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 bite has been good to excellent. The fish are showing from four to 35 feet of water, with the bigger fish in deeper water. Top spots have been all the shorelines with flooded brush (the entire east end these days) or rip-rap at the dam and marina areas. The backside of the island has also been very good. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all be good, and many anglers are fishing small jigs tipped with bait. Christopher Esqueda, Eastvale, had a 2.7-pound bluegill on a meal worm fished under a bobber in lots 11 and 12. The largemouth bass bite has been fair and improving around much of the lake, with the best bite on plastics or nightcrawlers. Jared Way, Chino, had a 10-pound bass in Sail Cove on a plastic. Also a few crappie, catfish, and carp reports. Dylan Bartel, Highland, landed a 14.5-pound carp. The lake level continues to come up. 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 heat has really kicked the catfish action into gear with a lot of two to five-pound fish caught on cutbaits, mostly chicken liver or anchovies. Ronni Long, Murrieta, caught a six-pound catfish at Ramp No. 2 on anchovies, while Christopher Smith, Murrieta, landed a 5.8 pound cat in Catfish Alley on anchovies. The striper action has been best at the inlet, dam, and mid-lake points, with the fish mostly in deeper water except early in the morning. Chicken liver, anchovies, and other cut baits have been best, but some on shad-like cranks and swimbaits early. James Swimmer, Temecula, had a four-pound striper on chicken liver at the inlet. Bluegill are fair to good on red worms, wax worms, nightcrfawlers, and small jigs at Ramp No. 1 and across from the marina and the fish are mostly 10 feet down or deeper. The bulk of the fish are small right now. The largemouth bass bite been just fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. There are even fish showing on topwater frogs and jerk baits now, and the best bite has been early mornings. There was a 400-pound catfish plant last week and the next plant is set for June 4. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. For fishing and derby 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

Jun
07

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Fishing 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: There is no fishing fees, 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/.

May
31

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good on plastics, swimbaits, or nightcrawlers. The early morning topwater bite is also starting. The bluegill, redear, and catfish bites also starting to improve, especially the panfish. The action has been along most shorelines with the fish in spawning mode. Stripers have also improved in the past week on big swimbaits early in the day. 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 bite has been good to excellent. The fish are showing from four to 35 feet of water, with the bigger fish in deeper water. Top spots have been all the shorelines with flooded brush (the entire east end these days) or rip-rap at the dam and marina areas. The backside of the island has also been very good. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all be good, and many anglers are fishing small jigs tipped with bait. Jay Saremaster, Perris, landed three bluegill to two pounds on nightcrawlers at the island. The largemouth bass bite has continued good with a lot of fish showing all around the lake in the recently flooded cover is six to 25 feet of water. The backside of the island and the east end are probably the best areas. Plastics, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers are also getting fish. Ryder Elsworth, Calimesa, caught an eight-pound bass in Sail Cove on a nightcrawler. No crappie reports this week, but there were a couple of catfish reports and anglers targeting carp are doing pretty well. The lake level continues to come up. 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 will be closed to fishing June 1-3 for the annual Balloon and Wine Festival. Overall bite has been fair to good for all species right now, with stripers, largemouth, bluegill and catfish all showing in pretty decent numbers. The striper action has been best at the inlet, dam, and mid-lake points, with the fish mostly in deeper water except early in the morning. Chicken liver, anchovies, and other cut baits have been best, but some on shad-like cranks and swimbaits early. Oz Salas, San Diego, landed a five-pound striper at the inlet on mackerel. Michael Gonzales, Oceanside, had a seven-pound striper at the inlet on chicken liver. Jerry Munoz, Hacienda Heights, landed a six-pound catfish on chicken live at the cove near Ramp 2, while Michelle Cadence, 6, Hemet, had a 5-6 catfish on anchovies at the inlet. The largemouth bass bite been best on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. There are even fish showing on topwater frogs and jerk baits now, and the best bite has been early mornings. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves early and late in the day on cut baits doused with garlic scent. There was a 400-pound catfish plant last week and the next plant is set for June 4. Bluegill are fair to good on red worms, wax worms, nightcrfawlers, and small jigs at Ramp No. 1 and across from the marina. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. For fishing and derby 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

May
17

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good, but many fish have backed away from the shorelines. The bite is best on plastics, swimbaits, or nightcrawlers. The bluegill, redear, and catfish bites also starting to improve, especially the panfish. The action has been along most shorelines with the fish in spawning mode. Trout are very slow, and the last 3,500-pound trout plant of the season was over a month ago. Stripers also slow, but a few have been reported by trollers. 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 has continued very good with a lot of fish showing all around the lake in the recently flooded cover is six to 25 feet of water. The backside of the island and the east end are probably the best areas. Plastics, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers are all getting fish. The bluegill and redear have really turned on with very good action and a lot of quality fish showing on red worms, meal worms, and wax worms. Top spots have been the tire reef, the dam, and east end. Darren Favors, San Bernardino, had a mixed stringer of redear, bluegill, and bass, all caught on red worms behind the island. His best fish was a two-pound redear. A few crappie have been reported in the past week from the north side of the lake. Michael Long, Long Beach, had two crappie at 1-8 each on crappie jigs with Crappie Nibbles. Carp are pretty good for the handful of anglers targeting them. The lake level continues to come up. Catfish and trout slow. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, this Saturday. The event includes a free barbecue for the kids. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The striper action has been pretty good this past week in the mouths of most coves and at Ramp No. 2. Chicken liver, anchovies, sardines, mackerel, and shad are the top baits. Brandon Smythe, Temecula, had a 6-5 stripers on a chunk of chicken liver at the inlet. The largemouth bass bite been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. There are even fish showing on topwater frogs and jerk baits now. Ron Muniz, Temecula, landed an eight-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler in Catfish Alley. Bluegill are fair to good on red worms, wax worms, nightcrfawlers, and small jigs at Ramp No. 1 and across from the marina. Other species have been slow with few reports. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report from the 6th Annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be this weekend, May 5-6, with $15,000 in cash and prizes. For fishing and derby 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent trout plants and few 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: No recent DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

May
03

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good, but many fish have backed away from the shorelines as the spawn winds down. Most are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers, but a few are still being caught on swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites also starting to improve. There was a 3,500-pound trout plant three weeks ago, and the bite has slowed way down. A few fish still showing on small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails. Stripers also slow. 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 has been good this past week, but the fish are backing out of the shallows as the spawn winds down. Mostly smaller fish in the one to three-pound class showing on plastics and reaction baits, but a five-pounder was landed by Rafael Jimenez, Boyle Heights, on a Creature Bait to top off a three-fish stringer. The bluegill fair to good with the fish showing in the marina, at Sail Cove, and all over the east end on jigs tipped with meal worms and wax worms. Lots of half-pounders and some bigger. Few redear in this action. Carp are pretty good for the handful of anglers targeting them. The lake level continues to come up. Catfish and trout slow. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, this Saturday. The event includes a free barbecue for the kids. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The striper action has been pretty good this past week at the dam and inlet, mostly on cut baits with chicken liver and sardines probably the top baits. Live shad is best if you can dip some, but frozen shad is also a good if you can get it. Chi Cheang, Long Beach, had a 7-9 striper on sardines at the inlet, while Rick Misner, Anza, using chicked liver at the dam to land a six-pounder. The largemouth bass bite been fair to good as the spawn winds down. Still a low of fish up shallow, but mostly males guarding beds. The bass are showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill are fair and improving with some good scores reported by good jig anglers. Other species have been slow with few reports. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. The 6th Annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be this weekend, May 5-6, with $15,000 in cash and prizes. For fishing and derby 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

Apr
12

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: There was a 3,500-pound trout plant this week, and the bite has really taken off in the coves adjacent to the marina. The trout are showing on small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails. The bite on largemouth bass is good, but many fish have backed away from the shorelines. Most are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers, but a few are still being caught on swimbaits. Aaron Brown, Riverside, landed a 6.52-pound bass on a plastic. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. The bluegill and catfish bites also starting to improve. 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 has been good this past week as the fish are all over the shallows now with the warm weather. Best action on plastics and small swimbaits. Dennis Graham, Orange, landed four bass on jerk baits in the east end and his best was a 10.17-pounder. Gil Rowe, Victorville, caught a nine-pounder on an underspin in six feet of water. The bluegill fair to good with the fish showing in the marina, at Sail Cove, and all over the east end on jigs tipped with meal worms and wax worms. Fish to 1-8 reported this week. Trout and catfish slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising at the rate of one vertical foot every 10 days right now. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, this Saturday. The event includes a free barbecue for the kids. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The largemouth bass bite has surged again over the past week with the fish still up shallow and many in mid-spawn. They are showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Top fish reported was a 4-6 landed by Oleander Dunn, Temecula, on a nightcrawler near the launch buoy line. The striper bite has been fair to good from the inlet to the north and the coves adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Shad, white jigs, and shad-like swim baits are the best artificials. Anchovies, chicken liver, and mackerel are the best baits. The early morning bite has been best. The bigger bluegill are starting to show in eight to 12 feet of water on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and jigs tipped with wax worms or Crappie Nibbles. Both the county and DFW stocked two weeks ago, but the bite has slowed way down. This was the final county plant of the season. Best action has been at Ramp No. 2 on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Alejandro Suarez, Menifee, caught two trout and his best was a 3-2 rainbow, both on PowerBait. Catfish surprisingly slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. The 6th Annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be May 5-6 with $15,000 in cash and prizes. For fishing and derby 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

Apr
05

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout bite is still fair after a 3,500-pound trout plant three weeks ago, and the next plant is tentatively set for April 11. The coves adjacent to the marina are still the best bets, and the trout are showing on small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails. The bite on largemouth bass is good. They are mostly tight to the shorelines for the spawn. Most are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers, but a few are still being caught on swimbaits. Gabe Stroope, Hemet, landed a 6.3-pound largemouth on a plastic lizard. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. The bluegill and catfish bites also starting to improve. 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 has been good this past week as the fish are all over the shallows now with the warm weather. Best action on plastics and small swimbaits with fish to seven pounds reported this past week. The bluegill are starting to turn on with the warm weather, with the fish showing in the marina, at Sail Cove, and all over the east end on jigs tipped with meal worms and wax worms. Red worms, nightcrawlers, or crickets fished six to eight feet under a slip bobber are getting some fish. Trout and catfish slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising at the rate of one vertical foot every 10 days right now. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, this Saturday. The event includes a free barbecue for the kids. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The largemouth bass bite has surged again over the past week with the fish still up shallow and many in mid-spawn. They are showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Fish to six pounds have been reported in the past week. The striper bite has been fair to good from the inlet to the north and the coves adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Shad, white jigs, and shad-like swim baits are the best artificials. Anchovies, chicken liver, and mackerel are the best baits. Patricia Salas, Temecula, landed a 5.9-pound striper on chicken liver at the inlet. The bigger bluegill are starting to show in eight to 12 feet of water on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and jigs tipped with wax worms or Crappie Nibbles. Gabriel Granite, Moreno Valley, had a 1.4-pound bluegill on a nightcrawler across from the marina. Both the county and DFW stocked this past week. (It was the final plant of the season for the county. Who knows what the DFW will do?) Best action has been at Ramp No. 2 on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Catfish surprisingly slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. The 6th Annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be May 5-6 with $15,000 in cash and prizes. For fishing and derby 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent trout plants and few 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: No recent DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Mar
22

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in Tuesday last week, and the bite has pretty good around the marina ever since. The best action has been on small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails. The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good. They are moving tight to the shorelines for the spawn. Most are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers, but a few are still being caught on swimbaits. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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 breaking open with fair action and flurries of good fishing on nice weather days. The fish are mostly up shallow now for the spawn and building nests. Quite a few fish to six pounds or more reported. Scott Lopez, Perris, had a 4.5-pound bass on a two-pound test off the marina docks. The dam, the backside of the island, and east end have been the hot spots, but these is a ton of flooded brush along most shorelines in the east end and access to fish deep in the cover is tough. The bluegill are slow again this week. Trout slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising at the rate of one vertical foot every 10 days right now. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 7, this year. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The bass bite has broken wide open with the fish shallow for the spawn and which most baits, but especially small plastics and reaction baits. Ryan Christensen, Winchester, landed a 7-4 bass, while Mike Chandler, Temecula, caught a 6-2. The bigger bluegill are starting to show in 15-plus feet of water on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and jigs tipped with was worms. The striper and black bass action is fair. The stripers are mostly showing in deeper water near the dam, inlet, and off main lake points on cut baits, with a few on lures closer to the surface. Trout were planted last week and the final plant of the season will be next week. Fair bite at Ramp No. 2 and inlet on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Catfish are slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Some reports of crappie to two pounds showing again this week on bobber-suspended jigs, and the bass are moving tight to shoreline cover for the spawn. The 6th Annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be May 5-6 with $15,000 in cash and prizes. For fishing and derby 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

Mar
08

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in three weeks ago, and the bite continues to dwindle in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the launch ramp. Small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails all working but no big fish reported this week. The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure again this past week, and the weather seemed to lull the budding largemouth bass bite. Still a few fish showing on plastics and the odd bigger fish on a trout-like swimbait. Stripers are very spotty, but a few are showing on big swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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: Slow to fair fishing as the lake level continues to come back up. The largemouth have been the best bet for anglers fishing off the dam, the backside of the island, and east end on plastics in eight to 45 feet of water. Cool weather has kept the bite off. The bluegill are slow again this week. Only the carp are showing any signs of life, with a few more fish showing for anglers targeting these fish. Trout slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising at the rate of one vertical foot every 10 days right now. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 7, this year. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: Trout were planted last Wednesday, and the next plant will be March 14. The bite has been spotty around Ramp No. 2, but some fish on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Cali Jimenez, San Jacinto, landed a four-pound rainbow on a nightcrawler. The striper and bass action has improved since the bluestone treatment two weeks ago. The stripers are mostly showing in deeper water near the dam, inlet, and off main lake points on cut baits, with a few on lures closer to the surface. Dylan Sprouts, Oceanside, landed two stripers on chicken liver and his best was a 5-4. Catfish and bluegill remain. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Some reports of crappie to two pounds showing again this week on bobber-suspended jigs, and the bass are moving tight to shoreline cover for the spawn. 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

Mar
01

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in two weeks ago, and the bite has been fair in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the launch ramp. Small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails all working but no big fish reported this week. The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure, and the largemouth bass bite is really starting to take off. Most are showing on plastics, but big swimbaits also getting fish. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing for fly-trollers or anglers tossing big swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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: Slow to fair fishing as the lake level continues to come back up. The largemouth have been the best bet for anglers fishing off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 20 to 45 feet of water. But fish are also already starting to nose around in shallower water on warm days. The bluegill are also finally starting to pick up a little off the marina docks and the island. The carp also started showing again this past week, with a couple of bruisers landed. Giovani Garcia, Riverside, landed a 23-pound carp on a jig, while Abraham Vallarta, Fontana, had a pair of carp, including a 30-pounder in the marina. Trout slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising. 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 late received a copper sulfate (bluestone) treatment last Friday, which really hammered the weekend bite. The bass and catfish bites went in the tank, but a few stripers have continued to show near the inlet in 30-feet of water on cut baits or small, shad-like swimbaits and jigs. Jackson Gallo, San Jacinto, landed a 6-2 striper on a sardine.
Trout were planted Wednesday this week and two weeks ago. The bite has been slow around the launch ramp. Chartreuse or garlic PowerBait has been the best bet. Jenni Marilyn, Winchester, had rainbows at three and four pounds late last week, both on chartreuse garlic PowerBait at ramp No. 2 (just before the bluestone treatment). Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Some reports of crappie to two pounds showing this week on bobber-suspended jigs, and the bass are moving tight to shoreline cover for the spawn. 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent trout plants and few 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: No recent DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Feb
22

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in last, and the bite has been pretty good in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the launch ramp. Small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails all working with fish to six pounds reported so far. The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure, and the largemouth bass bite is really starting to take off. Most are showing on plastics, but big swimbaits also getting fish. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing for fly-trollers or anglers tossing big swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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: Slow to fair fishing as the lake level continues to come back up. The largemouth have been the best bet for anglers fishing best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 20 to 45 feet of water. But fish are also already starting to nose around in shallower water on warm days. The bluegill are also finally starting to pick up a little off the marina docks, with a one-pounder landed by Juan Cedeno, Riverside, on a jig, and a three-quarter pounder caught by Mike Johnson, Perris, on a cricket. Trout slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising, and it is expected to be at the new full pool level by summer. 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 striper bite has stayed fair to good over the past week with the anglers able to dip live shad really hammering the fish, but the bite on frozen sardines is nearly as good. Top spots have been at the inlet and the shoreline areas adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Freddy Ramirez, Winchester, had a pair of stripers, including one at five pounds. The largemouth action lulled again with the cooler weather, but has begun to pick up. Samantha Bridges, Murrieta, landed a 6.4-pound bass on a nightcrawler in the cove across from the marina. Trout were planted last Wednesday, and the bite has been fair around the launch ramp with a few fish to four pounds reported. Chartreuse or garlic PowerBait have been the best bets. A few catfish were reported this week, but the bite is still pretty slow. Bluegill also slow. 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

Feb
15

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in this week, and this bite is taking off again, especially in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the launch ramp. Small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails all working with fish to six pounds reported so far. The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure, and the largemouth bass bite is really starting to take off. Several big bass reported in the past week, including a 10.44-pounder landed by Kristofer Sands, Hemet. Several other fish from five to eight-plus pounds reported. Most are showing on plastics, but big swimbaits also getting fish. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing for fly-trollers or anglers tossing big swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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: Slow to fair fishing as the lake level continues to come back up. The largemouth have been the best bet for anglers fishing best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 20 to 45 feet of water. But fish are also already starting to nose around in shallower water on warm days. David Nye, Los Angeles, had an 8-8 bass this past week. Trout slow. Bluegill and redear are mostly slow with only a few bluegill showing off the marina docks, at the tire reef, and off the backside of the island on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising, and it is expected to be at the new full pool level by summer. 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 striper bite has stayed fair to good over the past week with the anglers able to dip live shad really hammering the fish, but the bite on frozen sardines is nearly as good. Top spots have been at the inlet and the shoreline areas adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Tommi Smyer, San Jacinto, had a 6.8-pound striper on sardine. The largemouth action lulled with the cooler weather, but has begun to pick up again, with many fish moving up shallower. Plastics still the best bet. The trout bite has been slow, but a plant Wednesday this week could help. Matt Glandin, Temecula, had two trout at three and four pounds fish chartreuse, garlic PowerBait at Ramp No. 1. A few catfish were reported this week, but the bite is still pretty slow. Bluegill also slow. 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent trout plants and few 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: No recent DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Fair to good trout action continues. Most trout around a pound, but some bigger fish to eight pounds reported. The lake is closed on Thursday’s for trout planting. 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: Trout season is ongoing. There was a plant two weeks ago, and there are 1,000-pound plants scheduled for this week, Feb 19, and Mar. 5. 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/.

Feb
01

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure. Fly-trolling or big swimbaits have been the way to go for the stripers with the best action at the inlet-outlet tower, around the marina, and along the west dam. The largemouth have been showing on the trolled flies, swimbaits, umbrella rigs, or drop-shot plastics in deeper water. The trout bite has slowed since the 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows three weeks ago, but there is a slow to fair bite in the coves adjacent to the marina for shore anglers, and the action has been best on small jigs, MiceTails, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers with garlic. Some fish to five pounds reported and many are solid two pounders. The next plant will be Feb. 13 when another 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows will go in. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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: Slow fishing with light fishing pressure as the lake level comes back up. The largemouth have been the best bet for anglers fishing best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 20 to 45 feet of water. Phillip Ellison, Moreno Valley, had a four-pound bass on a Roboworm in Lot 11. A few trout from the first of the season over a month ago are still showing at lots 11 and 12 on small spinners or PowerBait. Bluegill and redear are mostly slow with only a few bluegill showing off the marina docks, at the tire reef, and off the backside of the island on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising, and it is expected to be at the new full pool level by summer. 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 striper bite has stayed fair to good over the past week with the anglers able to dip live shad really hammering the fish, but the bite on frozen sardines is nearly as good. Top spots have been at the inlet and the shoreline areas adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Top striper was a 20-pounder caught by Jackie Miser, Temecula, near the inlet on a sardine. Dallas Earnest, Chula Vista, had a pair of stripers to 7.4 pounds on live shad in North Bay, while Terry Santiago, Los Angeles, had three stripers to 6.2 pounds on sardines near Ramp No. 2. The largemouth action has been slow to fair on plastics along the north shore, east end, and Launch Ramp No. 1 area. The trout bite has been slow, but there was a 600-pound plant Wednesday this week. A few catfish were reported this week, but the bite is still pretty slow. Bluegill also slow. 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

Jan
25

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout bite has slowed since the 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows three weeks ago, but there is still a fair bite in the coves adjacent to the marina for shore anglers, and the action has been best on small jigs, MiceTails, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers with garlic. Some fish to five pounds reported and many are solid two pounders. The next plant will be Feb. 13 when another 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows will go in. The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is also fair with light fishing pressure. Fly-trolling or big swimbaits have been the way to go for the stripers. The stripers have been showing at the inlet-outlet tower, around the marina, and along the west dam. The largemouth have been showing on the trolled flies or swimbaits in umbrella rigs or on drop-shot plastics in deeper water. A few have also some on big, trout-like swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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: Slow fishing with light fishing pressure. A few trout from the first of the season four weeks ago are still showing. The best action has been in the marina or lots 11 and 12 on small spinners or PowerBait. Jeremy Kalich, Moreno Valley, had a 3-10 rainbow on a swimbait at the ramps. The largemouth have been best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 20 to 45 feet of water. Joseph Ferguson, Perris, had six bass to 6-8 on Roboworms around the marina docks. Bluegill and redear are mostly slow with only a few bluegill showing off the marina docks, at the tire reef, and off the backside of the island on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early this 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 striper bite has stayed fair to good over the past week with the anglers able to dip live shad really hammering the fish, including some topping six pounds. Also quite a few fish showing on shad-like swimbaits and cut baits. Top spots have been the in the east end and at the inlet early in the morning. Jackson Smythe, Jr., Temecula, landed a 7.6 pound striper near the inlet on a swimbait, while his dad, also Jackson Smythe, caught a seven-pounder on a live shad at Ramp No. 2. Lawrence Brown, visiting from Louisiana, had three stripers to 6.6 pounds on swimbaits in the North Bay. The largemouth action has been fair on plastics along the north shore, east end, and Launch Ramp No. 1 area. The trout bite has been slow, but there was a plant last week and another 600-pounds is slated to go in next week. A few catfish were reported this week, but the bite is still pretty slow. Bluegill also slow. 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: There will be a free kid’s fishing event this Saturday for children ages 3-15. The lake will be stocked with rainbow trout before the event, and all fishing equipment needed by the kids will be provided free of charge. This activity is designed to give boys and girls who live in urban areas an opportunity to enjoy a fishing experience in or close to their own neighborhood, with poles, reels, tackle, bait and assistance provided. Event day onsite registration will begin at 8 a.m.; and the fishing session will go from 9 a.m. to none. This will be followed by a free lunch and drawing for the kids. The Riverside County Parks Department is co-sponsoring the derby with the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information about the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation and all of its upcoming free kids fishing events, visit www.danskids.org, or call (562) 865-3764.

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

Dec
08

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: There was a 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows Tuesday this week. This is the second plant of the season after a plant three weeks ago. The trout action has been best on PowerBait, MiceTails, and small trout jigs. Fish to six pounds reported. The angler who catches the heaviest trout in December will free annual pass. The striped bass bite continues to improve for anglers trolling flies or other shad-like lures and casting trout-like swimbaits now that trout have been planted. The stripers have been showing at the inlet-outlet tower, around the marina, and along the west dam. Mark Knoop, Hemet, landed a 10.74-pound striper last week fishing a plastic worm. The largemouth bite is fair. The largemouth bass are best on drop-shot plastics in deeper water ñ 15-feet and deeper. The bluegill and catfish bites are slow. 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 bass and bluegill action slowed down and there have been few reports this past week. The largemouth have been best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 12 to 25 feet of water, while the bluegill and a few redear are showing off the marina docks, the tire reef, and the backside of the island on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. No catfish, carp, or striper reports this week, and there is no word on when trout plants will start from DFW. 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: A trout plant went in Wednesday this week and there was a plant two weeks ago. The trout bite was slow up until the plant with decent action at Ramp No. 2 on PowerBait and MiceTails. This was the third plant of the season. The striper bite has been fair to good at the dam and inlet or rocky areasw along the north shore. Live shad is the candy bait if you can get it, but small swimbaits or topwater baits working during boils. Most of the time the bite is on cut mackerel and chicken liver. Justin Kitlin, Hemet, had a seven-pound striper on anchovies at the inlet, while Oz Ortiz, Hemet, landed a 6.9-pounder on shad. The catfish and bluegill bites are very slow, but there continues to be a fair largemouth bite on plastics and nightcrawlers along the north shore. Thomas Lankly, Oceanside, had a six-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler. 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.