DIAMOND VALLEY: Not much change here this week. The largemouth bass bite has continued fair to good, with mostly two to three-pound fish in the bite. The best action is on plastics fished drop-shot style or Carolina-rigged in less than 20 feet of water around flooded structure. A few bigger fish are mostly in 30 to 40 feet of water. The water level continues to come up. The striped bass action has been fair with a decent number of smaller fish showing on trolled flies or cast cranks and swimbaits. Most are under four pounds. The bluegill bite is still fair to good but slowing this week. The best action has been on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. No catfish reports 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: The largemouth bass are fair to good on plastic worms. Senkos, and lipless cranks along the weed lines all around the lake. The dam and outlets have been the hots spots and while most fish are three pounds or under, there have been some better fish reported. Kenyon Smith, Redlands, landed a 7.2-pounder on a swimbait in Sail Cove. As good or better are the bluegill and redear bites, especially for anglers fishing off the dam and west of the islands in 15 to 25 feet of water with wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets. Robert Meyers, Moreno Valley, had a mixed stringer of 17 bluegill and redear to 1.7 pounds fishing meal worms and redworms off the Bernasconi weed line. Few reports on other species with no DFW trout plants yet this season. There was an 11.2-pound carp reported by Peter Lee, Riverside, 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: First trout plant of the season by the county was slated for this week, a 600-pound stocking. No DFW plants yet. Most of the other bites have slowed down, but the largemouth bass bite is very good with the fish working the south shorelines and taking reaction baits and plastics. Lots of two-pound class fish. The catfish bite is also still fair at the buoy line and inlet on chicken liver or mackerel. Santiago Hermanez, Chula Vista, landed an 8.3-pound catfish on chicken liver in the Ramp No. 2 area. Stripers are slow to fair with the fish moving around the lake and chasing baitfish. The best action has been at Ramp No. 2 and more fish showing in 30 to 40 feet of water on trolled lures and cut baits. Jerimiah Fontain, Norco, landed three stripers to 3-7 trolling an umbrella rig in the east end. The bluegill bite has been slow with a few still showing along the south side of the lake or at the inlet buoy line. Best action has been on crickets, meal worms, red worms, and small jigs. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: No fishing information. For fishing information, call Williamís Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook.