Fishing Picks of the Week

1. Jumping into the top spot is the striper bite at Lake Skinner, which has been very good over the past week with the inlet and buoy line bites pretty much wide open most mornings. While most of the fish are two to four pounds, stripers to 10 pounds have been caught this past week. Top action on swimbaits, but cut baits have also been working. For an update on the bite check with the marina at 951-926-8515 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle in Hemet at 951-658-7410.

2. The largemouth bass bite at Diamond Valley Lake, while suffering a little lull in the bite (like most waters) following the full moon, has been fair to good this past week with a lot of fish from two to four pounds. The best bite is still on the rocky and grass interfaces in 12 to 30 feet of water with baby bass and bluegill imitations. The advice is move until you find a school of bass and then work that area hard. Many anglers donít realize the boat launch here has reopened. Boats must go through a quagga mussel inspection. For an update on this bite check with the marina staff at 951-926-7201 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410.

3. The ‘get out of the heat’ pick is the trout bite at Green Valley Lake, which has been pretty darn good this past week. Good anglers are getting easy limits of rainbows and there are enough fish topping three pounds to keep things interesting. Best action is early morning on a wide variety of trout lures and baits. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is

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