DIAMOND VALLEY: Light fishing pressure with the boat ramp closed, but the bass bite has been fair for anglers fishing plastics in 20 to 30 feet of water off the points and along the dams. Also some good action early in the day on jerk baits. Most of the fish are one to two-pound class, but some fish to five pounds. The striped bass have improved with a fair number of fish showing at the two dams on swimbaits, trolled flies, and shad-colored Flukes. Catfish are getting little pressure, but the few anglers targeting the cats with cut baits and nightcrawlers are getting a decent number of 2-8 to five pound cats. Bluegill and redear are good, but most of the shallow fish are small, under three-quarter pounds, but a few bigger fish are showing from deeper water. Meal worms, wax worms, crickets, are all good baits, but small jigs are also getting fish. Makenna Liess, Redlands, landed a 2.06-pound redear. 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 bites are fair to good around the island on crickets, red worms, meal worms, wax worms, and small jigs. Most of the fish are in 12 to 25 feet of water with some fish up to a pound or better. Chris Hunt, Riverside, had 13 bluegill to a pound. The largemouth bite is fair to good along the south side of the lake on Flukes and nightcrawlers, and some big fish continue to show. Best this week was a nine-pounder caught by Christopher Ryan, Redlands, on a frog in the marina. Other species very slow. 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 bite has been good to excellent in all of the coves again through the past week. The cats are showing on cut baits (mostly chicken liver and anchovies) and nightcrawlers in five to 15 feet of water. Ralph Watson, Winchester, had a 10-pound catfish on anchovies at Ramp No. 2, while Christopher Smith, Murrieta, landed an 8.8-pound cat in the East Bay, also on anchovies. The striped bass bite improved over the past week with fair action and morning boils at the dam and inlet areas. Swimbaits, ripbaits, and topwater have been the best bets, but some fish also showing on chicken liver in deeper water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good in the mornings on frogs and surface baits early and then plastics, nightcrawlers, with some cranked fish. The bluegill bite slowed with just fair action this past week on meal worms, wax worms, and live crickets. Most are showing on bobber-suspended baits in six to 10 feet of water. Carp good, but getting little pressure. 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. The fish are still showing along the public shore fishing beach (La Laguna), the Elsinore West Marina area, and all over the lake for boat anglers. The best bite has been on frozen shad, sardines, anchovies, or Mack Bites. Slow other species. A few largemouth bass are showing early in the mornings on reaction baits and topwater. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.