DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the bass bite has been just fair over the past week. Most of the action remains on topwater, Senkos, Ikas, and plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. Most of the largemouth are 2 to 4 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. Stripers have been slow. The catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the cats. 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 largemouth bass have been good this past week with a hot topwater bite early in the morning and late in the evening. Most of the fish are on the outside edges of the weeds. Also some fish on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, or Senkos. Todd Meyers, Hemet, had three bass with his best a 5-7 on a topwater off the north shore. The bluegill and redear bites remain fair to good, and some better fish are showing again. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, lots 11 and 12, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits in deeper water. John Wittman, Riverside, had 23 bluegill to 1-8 on crickets in Sail Cove and at the dam. Robert Guzman, Moreno Valley, had 15 bluegill to 2-1 on crickets and wax worms off the marina docks. 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 striper bite has been good with good surface action early in the morning and then a bait bite late afternoon or evening. Top action has been at the inlet and buoy line. The bluegill bite came back on this past week, with pretty fair action and some better quality fish. The best bite is still along the south shore on crickets, meal worms, and small jigs. Joey Landers, Prescott, Ariz., landed a 2-2 bluegill on a meal work at Ramp No. 2. The catfish bite has been good. The best action has been at the inlet, Launch No. 2, and along the south shore. Chicken liver is the top bait. Largemouth are fair on plastics, with some topwater. Best areas have been the east end and most coves along the south shore. Charles Draught, Winchester, landed a 5-pound bass on a plastic lizard in the east end. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: No fishing report. 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.