DIAMOND VALLEY: While the largemouth bite has been slowing, the stripers are getting better. For stripers, the best action has been on trolled flies or on cast swimbaits and the cooler weather seems to have improved this action. A number of fish to 10 pounds reported, but most are smaller. The largemouth bite has slowed but a few are showing up on baitfish with swimbaits or in deeper water on drop-shot plastics. Fishing off the islands or main points has been best. The trout action has slowed way down with no plant since early December. The best bite has been near the marina on small trout jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Panfish have been slow, but a few crappie were reported this week on small jigs tipped with bait. No bluegill or redear reports. 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 dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or lastchancetackle.com.
PERRIS: The carp bite continues to be fair on homemade dough baits. The bite has been good all along the north shore from Sail Cove to the launch ramps and off the marina docks. Lee Yiu, El Monte, had five carp to six pounds on a masa dough bait off the docks. The largemouth bass are slow to fair on drop-shot plastic worms or deep-diving cranks at the dam and outlet in 15-plus feet of water. The bluegill and redear bites slowed this week, but a few are showing from deep water off the island, at the dam, and around the marina docks. Very few other species reports and no trout plants yet this season. 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: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Both the county and DFW have plants slated for next week. A few trout are finally starting to show for anglers fishing Roostertails, PowerBait, and salmon eggs at Launch Ramp No. 2 and up in the east end. Stephen Trinadad, French Valley, had four rainbows to 2.7 pounds on worms. Stripers have been spotty. Top spots have been the south shoreline and across from the marina. Most of the stripers are showing on small swimbaits or anchovies, but some also showing on trolled flies. Catfish are mostly slow, but a few showing from deep water on cut baits and nightcrawlers, especially at Ramp No. 2 and the inlet. Channel Ortiz, Murrieta, had cats at 5.5 and six pounds on anchovies at Ramp No. 2. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair along the south shorelines on reaction baits, plastics, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite has been very slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: 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.