Fish Report-Freshwater, July 23

DIAMOND VALLEY: Very light fishing pressure, but the action has been pretty good for the few shore and rental boat anglers fishing for largemouth bass and panfish. The bulk of the bass action has been on reaction baits early and late in the day. Baby bass, bluegill, and shad-patterned cranks, swimbaits, and topwater have been getting the most fish. The bluegill have been best on crickets, wax worms, or meal worms fished with a light weight to get them on the bottom in six to 25 feet of water. Almost no one is fishing stripers, but the occasional angler trolling white flies at the dams is still getting a few fish from four to six pounds or smaller fish on cut baits. The catfish bite is also neglected, with the best bite on nightcrawlers or cut baits in more of the shoreline fishing area. 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 to good around the island, the launch area, and in the marina area on crickets, red worms, meal worms, wax worms, and small jigs. Most of the fish are in 6 to 18 feet of water with some fish up to a pound or better. Only a few redear showing in this bite. Ron Welch, Corona, had 25 bluegill to 1-8 on jigs at the island. 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. Joe Furgeson, Moreno Valley, had a four-pound bass in the marina on a plastic worm. Catfish also continue to show in decent numbers in Power Cove and Sail Cove on cut baits or dough 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 action continues very good, while the bluegill and bass remain fair to good. The cats have been best at Ramp 2, Catfish Alley, and all along the south shoreline on chicken liver, shrimp, and other cut baits. Emily Ramsey, Winchester, had three catfish to 11-2 on anchovies at Ramp 2, while Alex Foster, Redlands, landed a pair of cats to 10-8 on chicken liver. The bluegill bite has been best in along the north shore on red worms, crickets, or wax worms fished in 12 to 20 feet of water and on or near the bottom. The largemouth bass have been showing on plastics and topwater on the outside edges of the weeds beds. Peter Ryan, Vista, had a 5-pound largemouth off the south shore on a plastic worm. The stripers slowed during the wild weather this past week. Only a few showing at the inlet or buoy line on anchovies or sardines fished early and late 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. 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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