DIAMOND VALLEY: Light fishing pressure, but the bass bite has been fair to good with most of the fish in 20 to 30 feet of water and showing on plastics on the points. The stripers are still fair at best, but there has been some early and late action with swimbaits in the shoreline fishing areas and off the dams for rental boat anglers. A few on cut baits, too. Catfish slowed down with light pressure. The bluegill bite has really turned on with a lot of fish in less than 10 feet of water and showing on red worms and wax worms. Trout very slow with most of the fish sounding to deep water. 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 bass bite has been fair to good this past week with the best bite on plastics or nightcrawlers in marina cove, the west side, at the dam, and around Alessandro Island. Most of the fish are three pounds or under. Jimmy Ramil, Palm Springs, landed a six-pound bass on a watermelon plastic. The shad are up on the surface in the marina and around into Sail Cove morning mornings and the bass are chasing them. Bluegill and redear have finally started improving with the warmer weather and the fish are on beds all along the Bernasconi side of the lake. Good bite on red worms, meal worms, and wax worms with fish to 2 pounds reported. Trout, catfish, carp are all very slow. The launch ramp to 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. The cats are showing on cut baits and nightcrawlers in five to 10 feet of water. Jimmy Diaz, Temecula, landed four catfish to 6-9 on anchovies in Catfish Alley. Tommy Michaels, Temecula, landed a 9-5 cat on chicken liver to two off his two fish stringer caught a Ramp No. 2. The striped bass bite has been slow with a few fish showing at the inlet on cut baits or on trolled white flies or umbrella rigs. Also some decent action at the outlet in the East Bay. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics, nightcrawlers, with some fish on reaction baits. Lots of two-pound class fish, and Charlie Brumer, Carlsbad, landed a 7-6 largemouth on a nightcrawler in the east end. Trout fishing has been very slow with warming water temperatures and no trout plants for over a month and no reports of fish in the past week. The bluegill action is still slow with the best bite off the points on wax worms and meal worms fished alone or on small jigs. 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 five 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.
RANCHO JURUPA: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: There was a catfish plant last week and another plant was going in this Friday. The bite has been fair to good on shrimp-based baits. There are tagged fish in each plant, and they are worth a free fishing permit, $25, or $50. Monthly big catfish prize is $25, and the May winner was Shermond Johnson, San Bernardino, with a 6-4 cat. 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.