DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite very good with spawning fish flooding into the shallows and fanning out nests. Most of the fish are up in less than 15 feet of water and many are in two to three feet of water. Most are smaller fish to three pounds, with a few bigger fish are showing now. The bluegill bite is also improving, although those fish are still in deeper water off the dams, with the ladders the best spots. Trout are fair with the most recent plant two weeks ago when 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows went in. The marina area has continued to be the top spot. The striper bite also continues to improve with the best action on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.
PERRIS: The largemouth bass bite is wide open with the fish mostly in shallow water for the spawn. Many fish are already on beds and the bite is best of small plastics, jigs, and reaction baits. While the bass are showing around the lake, the east end and around the island have been the best spots. James Jacobs, Riverside, caught and released 10 bass to 5.4 pounds on Senkos. Michael Chin, Chino Hills, had eight bass to 4.7 pounds on drop-shot plastics. The bluegill and redear bites are just starting with most of the fish still off in 12 to 40 feet of water and taking small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. Trout are slow with the most recent DFW plant three weeks ago. The best action for rainbows has been in Sail Cove and Lots 11 and 12. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics. No other reports. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and on schedule to be done by early next year. 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 largemouth bass bite has broken wide open with fish flooding into the shallows for the spawn. The fish are showing all around the lake and are already fanning out beds. The best action has been on plastics and jigs in less than eight feet of water. Riley Stark, Chino Hills, landed a 7.9-pound bass near the buoy line. Final county trout plant of the season was last week and the bite has been good in the Ramp 2 area. There were also county fish three and five weeks ago, and DFW trout went in two and four weeks ago. Fish to four pounds reported on nightcrawlers and PowerBait. The bluegill bite also started to improve, but most of the fish remain in deeper water with the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. The striper bite is also fair to good at the inlet, mid-lake, and Ramp 2 areas. Swimbaits and cut baits are both getting fish, but jigging spoons and even some topwater baits have produced. The catfish action has slow with only a few fish showing in the east end, at the buoy line, inlet, and mid-lake. Most are being caught on cut baits with garlic shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel the best bets. Eliseo Hernandez, San Bernardino, landed a 23.5-pound channel on a nightcrawler across from the marina. Lake Skinner is currently 72 percent of capacity. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: Some crappie are started to be caught. Lake level is up with runoff. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.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: www.fishinglakes.com.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook.