Fish Report-Freshwater, July 15

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DIAMOND VALLEY: The bluegill and redear bite has been good in most of the shoreline fishing areas and for rental boat anglers. The fish are showing in four to 15 feet of water on nightcrawler pieces, red worms, meal worms, crickets, and small jigs tipped with a meal worm or other small bait. Most of the action is around structure. Robert Torres, Hemet, had a 1.29-pound bluegill and an 8.3-pound catfish fishing nightcrawlers from shore. Catfish are fair to good on cut baits, but getting little pressure. The fish are running from two to six pounds on average with some bigger fish showing. The largemouth bass bite is fair with fish to five pounds reported in the past week. The best bite has been on Senkos, drop-shotted plastics, and nightcrawlers fished on the points and off the dams. Stripers remain tough with the best bite near the dams on trolled white flies, swim baits, or shad-colored Flukes. Some fish also on cut baits. 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: The bluegill bite is fair around the island and in the marina area on crickets, red worms, meal worms, wax worms, and small jigs. Most of the fish are in six to 18 feet of water with some fish up to a pound or better. Only a few redear showing in this bite. The largemouth bite is also fair along the south side of the lake, around the island, and in the launch cove on Flukes, drop-shot plastics, and nightcrawlers, and some big fish continue to show. Best this week was a 10-pounder caught by Steve Moua, Ontario, on a plastic worm. Catfish also continue to show in decent numbers in the east end on cut baits or stink baits. The launch ramp will stay open throughout the summer. 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.) However, the recreation area will remain 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 bluegill bites have remained the best bets here with pretty good action on both species. The catfish are showing best early and late in the day at Ramp No. 2 and coves all around the lake. The best bite has been on mackerel, anchovies, and chicken liver. Manny Coleman, San Diego, had two catfish and his best was a 12.9 pounder on a nightcrawler. Daisy Brendon, Murrieta, landed a 7.9-pound catfish on cut mackerel. The bluegill bite has been best in the east end, but smaller fish are showing all around the lake. The best bite has been on crickets or nightcrawler pieces. Richard Greer, Murrieta, had a 1.3-pound bluegill fishing across from the marina with a nightcrawler. The stripers improved this past week with fair action at the inlet or buoy line on anchovies or sardines fished early and late in the day. Also some surface boils most mornings now. The largemouth bass bite has also been slow to fair with a fair topwater and reaction bait bite early in the day. Carp are very good, but they get little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Good catfish action continues for three to 10-pound fish, with an occasional bigger fish. In fact, there was a 30-pound catfish caught this past week (and they will show you the head in the freezer at the public marina, if you want to see it). The cats are showing along the public shore fishing beach (La Laguna), the Elsinore West Marina area, and all over the lake for boat anglers. The best bite has been on frozen shad, shrimp, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, or Mack Bites. Slow other species. A few largemouth bass are showing early in the mornings on reaction baits and topwater, but the bluegill and crappie are quiet. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.

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