DIAMOND VALLEY: A 1,000-pound plant of Mt. Lassen trout was slated for Thursday this week. Plants also went in two and four weeks ago. DFW trout are also slated to go in this week. The trout bite is fair at the dams and around the marina and launch ramp. Very light fishing pressure. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair. Most of the fish are two to four pounds, but some up to six pounds have been reported. Nightcrawlers and plastic worms have been best baits, but an occasional fish is still showing near the surface on a crank, swimbait, or topwater plug. Only the odd striper reported for anglers throwing swimbaits. No other reports. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410.
PERRIS: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago, but the bite is slow to fair in launch ramp cove on SuperDupers and Mice Tails. The fish are all pan-sized. Other species have slowed way down. A few bass continue to show on reaction baits and plastics with drop-shotted Senkos the best bet in 15 to 20 feet of water. The bluegill and redear slowed way down with only a few reported off the tire reef or marina docks on meal worms and Mice Tails, and most of those have been small. No catfish reports. A few catfish on cut baits around the island. The launch ramp remains open. 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 striper action has been fair to good this past week for anglers, especially on live shad. A few fish are also still showing on swimbaits or trolling umbrella rigs. The fish have been showing in the east end, north of the launch ramp No. 2, and at mid lake. Matt Grier, Corona, had five stripers to eight pounds in the east end on live shad. Alfred Gonzalez, Menifee, was also using shad to land four stripers to 6-8. The bluegill bite has been fair along the south shore on nightcrawlers, crickets, and small jigs. The catfish bite slowed way down as the water cools and only a few largemouth have been reported from the east end. Gerald Smitz, Menifee, had two catfish on chicken liver off the south shore. His best was a 10-2 channel. DFW trout were slated to go in this week. These will join a small, 200-pound plant of DFW trout that went in two weeks ago. Slow action. No word on county plants, yet. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: Slow fishing with few reports. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.
CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Stocking every other week with catfish. Next stock next week. Information: 909-795-0171.