DIAMOND VALLEY: The striped bass bite continues to improve with fair action over the past week and quite a few better quality fish. Most anglers are slow-trolling flies, using umbrella rigs, or tossing trout-like swimbaits. Steven Ekema, Murrieta, landed an 11.84-pound striper using a Triple Trout off the east point. The trout action has been fair after a 3,500-pound Mt. Lassen plant last week. Small trout jigs, Kastmasters, inflated nightcrawlers with scent, and PowerBait have been the best bets. The largemouth bite has been slow to fair on swimbaits at mid-depths or in deeper water on drop-shot plastics. Fishing off the islands or main points has been best. Panfish have been slow, but a few crappie were reported this week on small jigs tipped with bait. No bluegill or redear reports. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or lastchancetackle.com.
PERRIS: The largemouth bass are slow to fair on jigs, drop-shot or Texas-rigged plastic worms, and even on some deep-diving crankbaits. No big fish, but lots of 1-8 to two pounder. Mike Lewis, Riverside, had three bass to 3.4-pounds on cranks, while Anthony Villatra, Moreno Valley, landed a 2.6-pounder on a drop-shot plastic. Daniel Vargas, Perris, landed a two pounds on a jig. A few bluegill and redear have been reported off the marina docks on red worms or meal worms. The most recent DFW trout plant two weeks, and a few rainbows continue to show on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and lures. No carp reports this week, but this bite has been fair to good on homemade dough baits all along the north shore from Sail Cove to the launch ramps and off the marina docks. 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: County trout plants two weeks ago and DFW trout went in last week. A few trout are finally starting to show for anglers fishing Roostertails, PowerBait, and salmon eggs, mostly in the east end. Stripers have been fair on swimbaits and jerkbaits early in the day schooled in open water under shad, while the afternoon bite is best on bait, mostly sardines or chicken liver. The rain has stirred up the catfish and some nicer fish are showing at Ramp No. 2 and the inlet area. Preston Morris, Hemet, landed a 12-pound catfish on a crankbait from the south shoreline. Thomas Debnahm, Pasadena, had two catfish to 10-7, both on chicken liver in the east end. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair along the south shorelines jigs, plastics, and nightcrawlers in deeper water. The bluegill bite has been very slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: No fishing information. Lake level is coming up quickly with runoff. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: The lake is full thanks to recent rains and runoff, but due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information: fishinglakes.com.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook.