DIAMOND VALLEY: Big news here? The boat launch will reopen May 18. Private boats must be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. There will also be pre-inspections 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. the two weekends prior to the reopening of the ramp. As for fishing, the largemouth bass bite has been very good with a lot of bass shallow in the shoreline areas, some still in spawn most, many post-spawn. Plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The bluegill and redear bites have both taken off with a lot of fish in the 1-pound range. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets have all been good baits, and some fish are showing on micro jigs. The east dam has been the hot spot. The trout action has stayed fair even with the last plant on April 6. The shoreline around the marina, the launch ramp, and at both dams have been the best spots for the rainbows with spinners, small trout spoons, or Mice Tails top baits. Still light fishing pressure on the stripers, but a few fish are showing on swimbaits. The best striper action has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. Elijah Lewis, Hemet, had a 20.50-pound carp and a .93-pound bluegill on nightcrawlers at the east dam. 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 are still good with a lot of fish still on beds, but many fish now post spawn. Fish are showing all around the lake in 2 to 25 feet of water on nightcrawlers, crawdads, plastics, swimbaits, and shad-like reaction baits, with Alessandro Island and the face of the dam top spots. Jon Delaney, Yucaip[a, had an 8-2 bass on an ox blood-colored Robo Worm. The bluegill and redear are also starting to make beds around the island, marina area, dam, and east end. Top action on meal worms, red worms, and cricket-tipped jigs first thing in the morning, tougher the rest of the day. Trout slow with the most recent DFW plant two weeks ago. A few catfish and carp from Sail Cove. Tony Pham, San Bernardino, had an 11-pound carp on a nightcrawler in Sail Cove. The launch ramp remains open. 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 largemouth bite has been very good with the fish up tight in the shallows, many still on beds. Lots of small males in the bite, but some bigger fish. The best action has been on white jigs, small plastics, or nightcrawlers. Rick Zoll, Murrieta, had a 6-8 largemouth on a Senko at Ramp No. 2. The striper bite has been fair to good at the inlet and dam area this week with a lot of fish to three pounds showing on cut baits, shad, swimbaits, and topwater. Some fish topping 6 pounds. Gary Smidtz, Lake Elsinore, had three stripers from the east end on mackerel and the best fish weighed 6-2. The bluegill bite has been fair to good in eight to 10 feet of water in the Launch Ramp No. 1 area and across from the marina. Red worms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, crickets, and small jigs tipped with bait have all been getting fish. Ralphie Valdez, Perris, had a 2-pound bluegill on a red worm across from the marina. Good carp action on dough baits in most coves. A few catfish are finally starting to show, mostly on cut baits off inside the main points and at the dam. Trout are slow. Most recent DFW plant was two weeks ago. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: No 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.