DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the largemouth bass bite has been just fair over the past week. Most of the action remains on topwater, Senkos, Ikas, and in 15 to 25 feet of water on plastics. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some bigger. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish reported on swimbaits in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is still good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. The channel catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the channels. A few flatheads on swimbaits at the dams. The boat launch has reopened. 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 bluegill and redear bite has been very good this past week with the bluegill showing all around the lake, but especially near the dam and off the south end of the island, the marina docks, and 200 yards off the tire reef. The fish are mostly in 18 to 25 feet of water and showing on crickets, meal worms, and wax worms. Charles Lee, Moreno Valley, had 13 bluegill to a pound fishing the marina docks with crickets and wax worms. Quincy Randall, Perris, had a limit of 25 mixed bluegill and redear to 1-13 off the south end of the island. He was using a variety of baits. The largemouth bass are still showing in a pretty fair topwater bite early in the morning and late in the evening, with some fish on plastics other parts of the day. Aaron Kaplan, Menifee, had a 5-7 bass on a Senko at the dam. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. 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: The catfish and striper bites have stayed good, despite the bluestoning Aug. 11, and other species are starting to come back on a little after a major slowdown last week. The catfish have been best around Ramp No. 2, but the inlet is nearly as good. Chicken liver has been the top bait, but anchovies and mackerel are also goodIsaac Mohr, Winchester, landed an 11-2 catfish on mackerel mid-lake, while Laney Cruz-Santiago, Temecula, had a 10-9 fishing anchovies near the inlet. The striper bite is best early in the morning until 8 a.m. and the action has mostly been on topwater and swimbaits at the inlet. The evening bite has fizzled this week. The bluegill bite has been off, but those being caught have come from the south side of the lake and around the inlet. Crickets or small jigs tipped with meal worms have been the best baits. Largemouth are slow to fair on frogs, plastic lizards, and plastics at the inlet and main lake points. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: The lake has reopened after an algae-bloom closure. No fishing information. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: fishinglakes.com.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.