DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has remained good with a lot of two to four pound fish. The lake continues to rise so there is a lot of flooded brush that is attracting fish early and late in the date to chase bait. Topwater and reaction baits have been best then, but the fish drop back down into 12 to 20 feet of water once the sun has been on the water for a while. The bluegill and redear bites are as good or better than the bass with a lot of fish from a half- to one-pound showing on meal worms, nightcrawlers, wax worms, crickets and small jigs. The panfish are liking the newly flooded brush, too. Few reports of stripers, but some are showing on trolled flies at the inlet-outlet tower and off the face of 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 bites remain good. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. The largemouth bass are fair. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water, especially on the west side of the island and all around the lake on the outside edge of the weed lines. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. However, Nathaniel Lowe, Riverside, landed a 25.2-pound catfish on a nightcrawler off the marina docks. 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 bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the reedy areas seem to be holding the most fish. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, and meal worms in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger specimens are also being caught. The catfish, largemouth bass, and stripers bites have also been fair to good. The catfish took off with the warm weather, especially at the dam on mackerel dipped in garlic. But the cats are showing in most of the deeper coves. Stripers remain best at the inlet and the middle of the buoy line at the dam. Shad-like swim baits are good, but most of the fish are showing on chicken liver, anchovies, or mackerel. Michael Schumer, Menifee, landed a 15-pound striper on anchovies mid-lake. The largemouth bite is best on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are 1-8 to two pounds, but some bigger fish are showing. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. 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.