DIAMOND VALLEY: Continued light fishing pressure continues. The action has been pretty good for the few shore and rental boat anglers fishing for largemouth bass and panfish. The bulk of the bass action has been on reaction baits early and late in the day on the points and off the dams. Baby bass, bluegill, and shad-patterned cranks, swimbaits, and topwater have been getting the most fish. The bluegill have been best on crickets, wax worms, or meal worms fished with a light weight to get them on the bottom in six to 25 feet of water. Almost no one is fishing stripers, but the occasional angler trolling white flies at the dams is still getting a few fish from 4 to 6 pounds or smaller fish on cut baits. The catfish bite is also neglected, with the best bite on nightcrawlers or cut baits in more of the shoreline fishing area. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410.
PERRIS: The bluegill and redear bite is fair to good around the island, Sail Cove, the launch area, and in the marina area on crickets, red worms, meal worms, wax worms, and small jigs. Most of the fish are in 6 to 18 feet of water with some fish up to a pound or better. Only a few redear showing in this bite. The largemouth bite is also fair along the south side of the lake, around the island, and in the launch cove with the fish right in the weeds and showing best on spinnerbaits and topwater. Most of the fish are three-pounders or smaller. The odd catfish continues to show from Power Cove or Sail Cove on cut baits or dough baits. The launch ramp will stay open throughout the summer. 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.) However, the recreation area will remain 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 action continues very good, while the bluegill and stripers remain fair. The cats have been best at Ramp 2, in the east end and along the south shoreline coves. The best action has been on chicken liver, anchovies, nightcrawlers, shrimp, and other cut baits with a lot of five to seven pounders. Gary White, San Diego, had six catfish to 14-8 on chicken liver in the east end, while Trevor Sanchez, Temecula, landed three cats to 9-9 on nightcrawlers on the south shore. The stripers improved a little this week, especially at the inlet or buoy line on Scroungers, Flukes, or an Umbrella rig while slow trolling. Most of the fish are small, under two pounds, but some bigger fish are showing for fly trollers working in 10 feet or more of water. The bluegill bite is fair with some flurries of good action. The best bite has been in the east bay on red worms, crickets, or wax worms fished in 12 to 20 feet of water and on or near the bottom. Jim Lee, Murrieta, had a 1-5 bluefill at the inlet to top off his stringer of eight panfish. The largemouth bass slowed down over the past week, but some fish are still showing on plastics and topwater on the outside edges of the weeds beds. Carp are very good, but they get little pressure. Sad news: A kayaker drown on Sunday and the lake was closed until Tuesday. His body was found late Monday. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: Good catfish action continues for three to 10-pound fish, with an occasional bigger fish. All the shore fishing areas are pretty decent and boat anglers are doing even better. The best bite has been on frozen shad, shrimp, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, or Mack Bites. Slow other species. A few largemouth bass are showing early in the mornings on reaction baits and topwater, but the bluegill and crappie are quiet. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.