DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the largemouth bass bite has been just fair to good over the past week. Most of the action remains on topwater, Senkos, Ikas, and in 15 to 25 feet of water on plastics. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some bigger. The bluegill bite is still fair to good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. The channel catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the channels. A few flatheads on swimbaits at the dams. Stripers are very slow. The boat launch has reopened. 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 lastchancetackle.com.
PERRIS: The bluegill bite has been good but the bite has been more focused off the south end of the island between the tire reef and the island in 20 to 25 feet of water. Most are showing on crickets, meal worms, and wax worms. Frank Goobinheimer, Norco, had 18 bluegill fishing wax worms and crickets and his top fish was 1-8. The largemouth bass are pretty good for a narrow windown in the morning on topwater baits and fly-lined Senkos, especially around the outlet tower and along the south shoreline. Dave Whitman, Riverside, had a 7-4 bass to top off his catch of four fish on Spooks. The catfish have been fair to good all around the lake on cut baits fished on the bottom. Kyle Cox, Redlands, landed a 13-8 catfish on mackerel 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: The catfish and striper bites are the best bets, with both improving during the new moon. The stripers are best at the inlet with boiling fishing morning and evening. Bait is also a good bet. Sung Pho, Long Beach, had five stripers to eight pounds fishing sardines at the inlet. The catfish are showing around much of the lake, mostly on cut baits with lots of quality fish. Denacey Williams, Poway, had two catfish, including a 14-pounder, both on mackerel at the buoy line.Few bluegill or largemouth bass reported, and the bluegill caught have mostly been smaller fish. The bass are showing in fair numbers on topwater early and then on plastics later. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: The lake has reopened after an algae-bloom closure. No fishing information. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: fishinglakes.com.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.