DIAMOND VALLEY: Continued good bass action with most of the fish in 10 to 20 feet of water and showing on drop-shot plastics, especially in pink and purple. Senkos and crankbaits are also producing fish. The striped bass are still fair on trolled flies or on drifted cut baits. Some topwater early and late. The Catfish have been improving steadily with some good action on cut baits in most of the coves. Curtis Hoyt, Hemet, landed a 9.78-pound cat from the shore on a nightcrawler. The bluegill and redear are pretty good with some quality fish showing on crickets, red worms, wax worms, and nightcrawler pieces. Most are under a pound, but Edgar Sanchez, Hemet, had two bluegill and a redear totaling 3.32 pounds and the biggest was the redear at 1.39 pounds. Other species have been slow. Boats inspected and tagged “quagga free” at Diamond Valley are also allowed on Perris and Silverwood. 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 panfish and bass bites have continued good. The bluegill and redear are best off the island and along the south shoreline on crickets, meal worms, wax worms and red worms with fish to two pounds. Most action in six to 20 feet. George Flores, Highland, had 18 bluegill topped off with a 1.8 pounder, all on crickets and red worms off the front side of the island. The bass bite has been good on drop-shot plastics and reaction baits with the best bite early and late in the day. With a little help from his grandfather CJ, Patrick Mulcahy, Garden Grove, landed seven bass off the north side of the island on Senkos and jigs. A few more catfish have been reported with the warm weather. Anthony Reyes, Fontana, had two cats to 10.2 pounds fishing mackerel off the east end of the island. Trout slow. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.
SKINNER: The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good in six to 20 feet of water in most of the coves and around reeds. Some fish are moving deeper with the warm weather. Best action on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, or small jigs tipped with one of those baits. The catfish bite is also good with quite a few fish topping five pounds. Catfish plants set to beging June 20. The striper bite is fair on two to five pound class fish, but a 15-pound was reported this past week. The fish are showing off Ramp No. 2 and at the dam. The largemouth bite also remains fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits, and there has been some topwater action. Carp are very good on dough baits, and most are in less than 10 feet of water. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.
ELSINORE: The catfish bite remains good with a lot of good fish from six to 10 pounds. Shad remains the best bait, but some are showing on cut mackerel and shrimp, too. The carp bite has also turned on with the hot weather and the best action has been on dough baits or corn. The bite on bass, crappie, and bluegill, is still slow and there have been no wiper reports. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.
CORONA: Good catfish action this past week and a number of bigger cats were landed after the bonus plant of trophy fish last week. Hoang Mai, Corona, had cats at 16-8 and 15 pounds on mackerel from a boat. Bill Hunt, Riverside, caught 10 catfish totaling 31 pounds, and his largest weighed in at eight pounds, all on fresh shrimp scented with Lip Ripperz Love Saunce while fishing from shore at JD’s point. Most of the fish are running two to three pounds. Corona is being planted twice a week with both catfish and tilapia. There is also night fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Information: 951-277-4489.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Catfish plant was four weeks ago and the action has been pretty fair with most anglers getting two or three fish each. The bass remain fair and are catch-and-release only. Lots of two-pound class fish on reaction baits and plastic worms. Information: 909-795-0171.