Riverside County, Sept. 9 report

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 small fish tight to shoreline structure on plastic worms, but some bigger fish in 20 to 35 feet of water. The bluegill bite is still fair to 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. Jerry Tidwell, Riverside, had a 7.86-pound flathead on a nightcrawler near an island. Stripers are finally improving a little, but the bite is in deep water and still tough for bait anglers or deep trollers. 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 bite has stayed pretty good for anglers fishing at the dam, along the south shoreline, or between the tire reef and island. Most of the fish are in 20 feet of water and hitting crickets, wax worms, or meal worms. Still some quality bluegill in the bite. Juan Carlos, Riverside, had 14 bluegill to 1-8 fishing crickets on the marina docks. The largemouth bass are pretty good early mornings and evenings on plastic worms and live bait. The outlet tower has been a top spot, but the whole south shoreline has been good, too. The catfish have been fair to good all along the north shoreline on cut mackerel or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. Noel Chavez, Perris, had two catfish and his top fish was a 13-1, both on mackerel. 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 are the best bets, with both improving as the days shorten and evening cool. The stripers are best at the inlet with boiling fish in the morning. The action moves to the south side and mid-lake for the evening boil. Fewer bait fish this week. The catfish are showing around much of the lake, but the dam, inlet, Ramp No. 2 are the top spots. Action is best on cut baits with lots of quality fish. Leonard Schultz, Ontario, had four cats to 11 pounds on mackerel. The bluegill bite is still fair to good on smaller fish along the south shoreline and near Ramp 2, but few bigger fish. While crickets, wax worms, meal worms, and red worms have been the best baits, Jason Steele, Anza, had seven bluegill to 1-2 on chicken liver. The largemouth bass are showing in fair numbers on topwater early and then on plastics later, but not a lot of fishing pressure on the largemouth. 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, ackle, 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.

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