Fishing and Tournaments
The Department of Fish and game stocks trout at Lake Perris about every two weeks, mid week, during the cooler months. Park employees are not informed of the exact dates when Fish and Game will stock the lake. You are welcome to contact Fish and Game at 909-484-0459.
Southern California Stocking Schedule (A Department of Fish and Game Link)
Lake Perris was the first lake in Southern California to be stocked with Alabama spotted bass. Anglers also planted rainbow trout, channel catfish, and Florida bluegill. Green sunfish were not planted but arrived with the water from the California Aquaduct, along with tiny shrimp from San Francisco Bay that provide food for the gamefish. The lake also has a large population of crayfish or "crawdads."
The best areas to look for catfish are the southwest corner of the dam or the east end of the lake. The catfish tend to prefer mackerel or nightcrawlers as bait. Look for bass around Alessandro Island. Trout are taken along the dam and respond well to threadfin Shad. Bluegill like crickets or meal worms and can be taken around the marina or in marshy areas. "Crawdads" can be taken by hand, line or net. You must, however, be in possession of a valid California fishing license if you are over 16 years of age.
Department of Fish And Game Frequently Asked Questions
A valid California State Fishing License is required for all persons 16 years of age
All Bass must be 15 inches in length or more with their mouth closed and laying flat.
Bass: 2 of legal size limit (15 inches)
Bluegill, Red Ear Sunfish, Crappie and Green Sunfish: 25 of 1 kind or total combined
Bull Head: No limit
Carp: No limit
Worms, crickets, crayfish (bait shop purchased crayfish only)
Live or dead fresh water fish- only Threadfin Shad from Lake Perris or Longjaw Mudsuckers
Dead ocean fish, lures, and processed foods such as Salmon eggs, cheese baits etc.
California State Fishing Licenses: Licenses are available at almost any bait shop or sporting goods store with fishing gear and at the Lake Perris Marina. (951-657-2179)
Prices are determined by the California Department of Fish and Game. To see their current prices visit this link.
Free Fishing Days (A Department of Fish and Game Link)
There are currently no functional fish cleaning stations at Lake Perris. We are sorry for the inconvenience that this causes.
Fishing Tournaments of any size require a DPR Special Event Permit, in addition to the Department of Fish and Game permit.
1. Special Event Permit
2. Copies of the Department of Fish and Game Permit(s)
3. Certificate of General Liability Insurance.
4. Payment of required permit fees to California Department of Parks and Recreation
Please download and thoroughly read the following Fishing Tournament Permit Packet and follow the instructions in order to complete your permit process.
Fishing Tournament Permit Packet (PDF)