Diamond Valley Lake
Smallmouth bass also live in the lake, and are catch and release only.
In addition to largemouths and smallmouths, Diamond Valley Lake is also home to rainbow trout, catfish, striped bass, bluegill, and crappie. While the lake receives plants of trout every season, a number of the rainbows caught there are holdovers from the initial stocking back in 2000 and 2001 while the lake was being filled. This means your chances of catching a nice trout in the 4 or 5 pound range are pretty decent. Try small spoons and jigs, rainbow or chartreuse Power Bait, and nightcrawlers on light line from shore during springtime, making sure to keep your bait up off the bottom. During the summer months, break out the Kastmasters, Rapalas and Needlefish to troll for the big ones in 25 or so feet of water. Trout are stocked during the winter and spring months. For the latest trout stocking schedule, click here.
Catfish usually fall to natural baits such as chicken livers, shrimp, or cut mackerel. They tend to be aggressive, and are easily caught from shore. For panfish, consider live worms and crickets, minijigs tipped with mealworms, or small artificial trout worms like Lip Ripperz.
The striper bite at Diamond Valley Lake is not constant, but good action typically occurs in October and November. White topwater baits or swimbaits are consistent producers, while pretty much any flashy spoon or topwater bait will work if you're lucky enough to find a surface boil and cast into it. During the rest of the year try drifting cut baits like mackerel or anchovies in the 70 to 100 foot depth range.
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Fishermen bringing privately owned boats may make a reservation, and this is highly recommended because of limited parking capacity. Reservations are also accepted for shore fishing. For applicable entrance and reservation fees, check out the lake's website. Float tubes are not allowed.
A small bait shop is located at the marina. It sells bait, some tackle, and a very limited selection of snack foods.
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Hemet also has several hotels to choose from, for those who prefer not to camp.
Bass - 5 fish, minimum size 15 inches total length.
For the most current California fishing regulations, check out the Department of Fish and Game website.
In addition to the regulations noted above, boaters are subject to requirements and restrictions imposed by the Metropolitan Water District. All privately owned boats must be inspected upon arrival at the lake to make sure they meet these requirements. Click here for more information.
No swimming or float tubing is permitted.
For more information, visit the Diamond Valley Lake Website or call them at (951) 926-7201 or (800) 590-LAKE.