Riverside County, Sept. 29 report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite remains fair to good, but most of the fish are under 14 inches right now. The fish are showing on plastics fished drop-shot style or Carolina-rigged. The bigger fish are mostly in 30 to 40 feet of water. The water level continues to come up and a lot of smaller fish are prowling the newly flooded brush. A few striped bass are starting to show on trolled flies or small baitfish imitations. Most are under four pounds. 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. The channel catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the channels. A few flatheads on swimbaits at the dams. 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 bluegill and redear bite has stayed pretty good for anglers fishing along the dam or the south side of the island. Most of the fish are in 20 feet of water and hitting crickets, wax worms, or meal worms. Still some quality bluegill in the bite. Paul Shorts, Ontario, had 12 bluegill to 1.8 pounds fishing crickets and wax worms off the marina docks. Charles Lee, Moreno Valley, had 10 bluegill and redear to 1.4 pounds at the dam and off the island. He was using crickets and meal worms. The largemouth bass are pretty good early mornings and evenings on topwater, plastic worms, and live bait. The dam has been the top spot, but fish are also showing at the outlet tower along the whole south shoreline. Nate Dray, Riverside, had a 4.3-pound bass at the dam. The catfish have been fair to good all along the north shoreline on cut mackerel or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. 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 bluegill bite has been fair to good along the south side of the lake, especially near Ramp No. 2, but the fish are showing around much of the lake now, including the inlet. Best action has been on crickets, meal worms, red worms, and small jigs. Andrew Johns, Hemet, had seven bluegill to 1.3 pounds on chicken liver at the inlet. The catfish, striper, and largemouth bites are all pretty fair. The stripers are best at the inlet with boiling fish in the early mornings and evenings at mid-lake and the inlet. Robert Sommerton, Illinois, had two stripers to 10 pounds on topwater baits near Ramp No. 1. The catfish are showing around much of the lake, but the dam, inlet, Ramp No. 2 are the top spots. Action is best on cut baits with lots of quality fish. The largemouth bass are showing in fair numbers on topwater early and then on plastics later, but not a lot of fishing pressure on the largemouth. 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 at facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

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