DIAMOND VALLEY: First trout plant of the season was slated for Thursday this week. This will be a 1,000-pound plant from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms. Still no word on when DFW plants will start, but none are currently slated for this week or next week. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good when the bass are up chasing baitfish, and slow to fair action on plastics the rest of the time. 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 when the fish are down, while rip baits, cranks, and topwater plugs are getting fish when they are chasing. Most of the action is on the inside of coves and off the dams. Stripers are tough to gauge because pressure is slow low, but a few to six pounds are showing for shore anglers throwing swimbaits. Drifting cut anchovies, trolling white flies, and even some topwater baits are working for rental boat anglers. Good catfish bite with a lot of fish to six pounds on cut baits, nightcrawlers, and stink baits. The bluegill bite has slowed way down. 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: Even with cooler water temperatures, there is still pretty good action on the bass, bluegill, and redear. The best bluegill and redear action has been off the tire reef or marina docks on meal worms and Mice Tails. Most are hand-sized. The largemouth bass bite has remained fair to good on reaction baits as fish chase shad along the dam. A few catfish are showing. No other reports. 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 bluegill bite broke open with the cooling water conditions with the fish showing in 20 to 25 feet of water mid-lake on nightcrawlers and meal worms or small jigs tipped with bait. Shannon Price, Sun City, had a pair of bluegill to just over a pounds. The striper action has been fair to good for anglers throwing swimbaits, trolling umbrella rigs, or fishing baits at the inlet. Tammy Gonzalez, Winchester, had five stripers to 11-2 on swimbaits at the inlet. The cats finally slowed to just fair and are moving to deeper water at the inlet, but many are still showing in coves and off the points. Top baits have been chicken liver, mackerel, and anchovies. Jason Thomas, Perris, had a 10-1 catifhs on chicken liver. The largemouth have been best early in the mornings on reaction baits and then plastics the rest of the morning. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: Light fishing pressure, but there continues to be a fair bite on catfish for anglers fishing frozen shad, shrimp, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, or Mack Bites. Slow other species. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.
CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Stocking every other week with catfish. Next stock next week. Information: 909-795-0171.