DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bite has been good with a lot of fish 2 to 3 pounds, but relatively light pressure because of the boat ramp closure. Most of the action is in 20 to 30 feet of water on drop-shot plastics, but there is a brief early morning bite on topwater or reaction bites on the surface. The points are the top spots. Stripers remain inconsistent. A few rental boat anglers are getting into fish on swimbaits and cut baits near the dams, but few anglers are hurling swimbaits or trolling white flies. The bluegill bite has been pretty good on meal worms, wax worms, red worms, or small jigs under bobbers. A few redear and crappie in this action. No catfish or trout reports this past week. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels. 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 good around the island on 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. The largemouth bite is fair along the north shore and at the water tower on plastics. A 10-pound fish was reported on a Senko. While few anglers are targeting catfish, a 19-8 was landed by Tommy Guylon, Riverside, on a curly-tail grub fished at the island rock pile. 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 and nightcrawlers in five to 10 feet of water, and there was a recent stock of cats at the launch ramp. Kathy Reed, Temecula, had a pair of cats with an 8-9 her top fish. Both were landed on anchovies at Ramp No. 2. Trent Willis, Murrieta, had three cats to 6-7 on chicken livers, also at Ramp No. 2. The striped bass bite improved to fair this past week with a few fish showing at the inlet on chicken liver, anchovies, or trolled umbrella rigs or white flies. 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. Peter Sanchez, Temecula, landed a 7-pound bass on a nightcrawler at the inlet. Other species very slow, with only a few bluegill showing on crickets. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: Good catfish action continues for one- to three-pound fish and some bigger fish from 5 to 10 pounds. 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 or Mack Bites (or other cut baits). There is a fair bite on largemouth, and some bluegill are starting to be caught. Crappie slow. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.
CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed due to low water levels, but there may be several “special events” for the public during this closure.
RANCHO JURUPA: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Catfish action has been fair to good after last week’s plant, especially for anglers fishing shrimp-based baits. Next plant will arrive June 19 (next Friday). There are tagged fish in each plant, and they are worth a free fishing permit, $25, or $50. Monthly big catfish prize is $25. There is also a monthly drawing for a free fishing permit (anglers just add their name and phone number to the back of permit and drop it off at the general store). Weekend derbies will start in mid-June. Some nice bluegill are being caught, and a few bass are showing for the catch-and-release anglers. Information: 909-795-0171.
LITTLE LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 530-526-7937.