DIAMOND VALLEY: The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair to good. The bass are steady on topwater, cranks, swimbaits, and drop-shot plastics. While most are smaller right now, a few fish have been up into the five and six-pound range, and a little over a week ago Kenny Baldwin, Needles, landed a 12.23-pound largemouth. The bluegill are running up to a pound, and they have been best on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits. The top spots have been the ladders on the dams for boat anglers and the second cove to the right of the marina for shore anglers. The catfish bite is slow to fair with little pressures. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. Striped bass have been fair with a few showing for fly-trollers and on swimbaits. Fish to six pounds this week. 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: Pretty good action for bass and panfish, and there were reports of small stripers along the dam again this week. The panfish action has been best for bluegill with a few redear mixed in off the marina docks, at the Tire Reef, and at the dam, mostly on red worms and wax worms. Dave Davidson, Perris, had five redear to 1.1 pounds on wax worms at the Tire Reef, while Lui Lee, Temecula, landed four bluegill toa pound off the marina dock on red worms. The bass are fair to good on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with most less than two pounds. A few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled 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 catfish and largemouth bites are both pretty fair. The catfish are best on cut baits (chicken liver, sardines, anchovies) along the shoreline near the launch ramp, Catfish Alley, at Ramp No. 2, the east end coves. Lots of nice pan-sized fish from two to four pounds, and fish over eight pounds reported each week. Tops this week was an 11.8-pounder caught by Sammy Ricotta, Oceanside, on mackerel from the east end. Rudy Ruiz, Santa Ana, had three cats to 9.8 pounds on garlic shrimp in the main channel. The largemouth bite has been best on plastics, cranks, and some on topwater. The stripers remain mostly slow but a few are showing at the inlet and dam on sardines or chicken liver. Riley Gomez, Temecula, landed an eight-pound striper on a Sabiki Rig at the inlet. The bluegill bite is slow, except for a fair bite on small fish around reeds and other cover along the north shore. Wax worms, crickets, and meal worms have been top baits. Carp are getting little pressure, but the bite has been good on dough baits in Catfish Alley and along the south shore. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: No report. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: 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.