Fish Report-Freshwater, July 8

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. Hoyt Curtis, Hemet, landed a 2.46-pound redear from shore with a nightcrawler. The largemouth bass bite is fair with fish to 5 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 slowed again with tough action caught near the dams on trolled white flies, swim baits, or shad-colored Flukes. Catfish fair to good on cut baits, but getting little pressure. The fish are running from two to six pounds on average. 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 and redear bites are fair to good around the island on crickets, red worms, meal worms, wax worms, and small jigs. Most of the fish are in 12 to 25 feet of water with some fish up to a pound or better. The largemouth bite is fair to good along the south side of the lake on Flukes, drop-shot plastics, and nightcrawlers, and some big fish continue to show. Catfish also came on a little this week with some fish showing in the east end shoreline areas on cut baits or stink baits. Jacob Hamlin, Chino, had a 16-10 catfish on shrimp in the Park Lot No. 7 area. 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 taken over the spotlight here this past week with good to excellent 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. Marcus Rivas, San Dimas, had three cats to 11.7 pounds on anchovies at Ramp No. 2. Amanda Dickson, Temecula, landed a 9.2-pound cat on chicken liver. The bluegill bite has turned on with a lot of smaller fish showing for anglers fishing red worms or nightcrawlers across from the marina. There are some bigger fish in this bite, too. Riley Gibson, Murrieta, had a 1.4-pound bluegill fishing a nightcrawler on July 4th. The stripers slowed back down over the past week with only a few fish showing early in the morning at the inlet on shad, mackerel, or white jigs. 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. The fish are still 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, sardines, anchovies, or Mack Bites. Slow other species. A few largemouth bass are showing early in the mornings on reaction baits and topwater. For more fishing information, call William?s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.

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