DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite remains fair to good, but most of the fish are under 14 inches right now. The fish are showing on plastics fished drop-shot style or Carolina-rigged. The bigger fish are mostly in 30 to 40 feet of water. The water level continues to come up and a lot of smaller fish are prowling the newly flooded brush. The striped bass action has improved over the last week 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 good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. The channel catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the channels. A few flatheads on swimbaits at the dams. 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 lastchancetackle.com.
PERRIS: There has been a surprising bite on catfish for anglers fishing cut baits off the points around the marina and launch ramps. Cut baits have been the best and some quality fish are being landed. Tops this past week was a 23.8-pounder caught by Quincy Randall, Perris, fishing off the marina docks with mackerel. The bluegill and redear continue to show in pretty good numbers for anglers fishing off the dam from boats in 15 to 20 feet of water with wax worms, meal worms and crickets. Michael Lewis, Colton, had a mixed stringer of 18 panfish up to 2.1 pounds using a mix of wax worms and meal worms. The largemouth bass are fair to good mornings and evenings on topwater, and plastic worms. The dam has been the top spot, but fish are also showing at the outlet tower along the whole south shoreline. Andrew McDonalds, Banning, had four bass to 5.4 pounds on Senkos at the outlet. 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: Lighter fishing pressure in the past couple of weeks, but overall the bite remains pretty fair. Catfish are still probably the best bet. There was s stock of catfish Sept. 30, and the fish are showing at the launch No. 2, at the dam, with the bigger fish at the inlet. Most anglers are fishing cut baits. Jaime Rodriguez, Homeland, had five catfish to 13 pounds on chicken liver at the buoy line. The bluegill bite has been fair along the south side of the lake, especially near Ramp No. 2, but the fish are showing around much of the lake now, including the inlet. Best action has been on crickets, meal worms, red worms, and small jigs. The stripers are best at the inlet with boiling fish in the early mornings and evenings at mid-lake and the inlet. The largemouth bass are showing in fair numbers on topwater early and then on plastics later in the day, but not a lot of fishing pressure on the largemouth. Jesus Vargas, Beaumont, landed a seven-pound bass on a frog off the south side of the lake’s last cove. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: 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.