DIAMOND VALLEY: Very, very light fishing pressure. The largemouth bass bite has remained good, especially early in the day on reaction baits. Most of the fish are two to four pounds, but some up to six pounds have been reported in the past week. Everything from nightcrawlers and plastic worms to topwater plugs are getting fish. Most of the action is on the inside of coves and off the dams. Stripers are slow with the best bite along the west dam and near the inlet-outlet tower. Drifting cut anchovies, trolling white flies, and even some topwater baits are working. Good catfish bite with a lot of fish to 6 pounds on cut baits, nightcrawlers, and stink baits. Also good bluegill action at the dams on nightcrawlers, red worms, or crickets alone of fish on small jigs. 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 www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410.
PERRIS: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the best action off the face of the dam or in Launch Ramp Cove. Plastics or swim baits have been the best bet for 1-8 to 3-pound class fish with a few bigger. Tops this week was a 9-pounder landed by Shawn Smith, Highland, on a swimbait.
The bluegill have been good on crickets or meal worms fished on a mini-Carolina rig at the tire reef of in in Sail Cove, while a few redear have been caught in the marina, at the island, tire reef, and the whole west side of the lake on nightcrawlers and redworms flylined to the fish in 10-feet of water on light gear. The odd catfish continues to show from the marina docks, Power Cove, or Sail Cove on nightcrawlers, 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: Fishing pressure has fallen way off, but the catfish action continues very good, and the striped bite improved over the past week. The cats have been best on chicken liver, mackerel, shrimp, and garlic shrimp at Ramp No. 2, Catfish Alley, and in most of the coves in the east end and along the south shoreline. Top fish reported was a 13-2 landed by Suzanne Maritza, Corona, on sardines. Zack Smith, Chula Vista, landed an 11-2 cat on mackerel at the inlet. The stripers, which improved over the past week, have been best at the inlet and dam area on shad, cut mackerel, and chicken liver. Most have been under four pounds. The largemouth bass bite is best along the north shore reeds on plastics or nightcrawlers, but some fish on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. Bluegill have also slowed with only a few fish showing on red worms, crickets, meal worms, or wax worms fished in 12 to 20 feet of water in the east end coves. 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 five-pound fish, with an occasional bigger fish. All the shore fishing areas are pretty decent and boat anglers are doing even better. The best bite has been on frozen shad, shrimp, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, or Mack Bites early and late in the day. 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.