DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with even more bass moving shallow in a major pre-spawn movement of fish into the shoreline areas. Plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The trout action has been slow to fair with the most recent 1,000-pound plant on Tuesday last week. 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. A few big bluegill and redear are starting to show, most taken on nightcrawlers by bass anglers. No reports on other species. 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 www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.
PERRIS: More and more pre-spawn bass up into the shoreline areas, especially along the north shore, and they have been fair in both a morning and afternoon bite on plastic worms and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear are showing in the marina in only 13 feet of water on meal worms. The most recent DFW trout plant was four weeks ago, but few fish are being landed by anglers. No reports of other species. 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 water started flowing into the lake again early this week. This usually perks the striper bite at the inlet. The striper have been fair at Ramp No. 2 over the past week, especially on trout-like swim baits or cut mackerel, chicken liver, or frozen shad. The largemouth bite has probably been the best bet with some fish already on spawning beds. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Sandty Sanderson, Winchester, had a 5-5 largemouth on a nightcrawler off the south shoreline. Catfish are still mostly slow, but a 6-5 was caught by Rick Stein, Banning, fishing a cut bait north of the marina. The bluegill bite has picked up with a fair bite off the points adjacent to the Shaven Rock. Most are being caught on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs. Trout are also very slow, with the most recent DFW plant over a month ago. Trout are slated to go in next week, however. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: No reports. There were 1,600 pounds of catfish planted Feb. 12. There were also 400 adult largemouth bass, 2,000 bluegill, and 3,000 black crappie, planted Feb. 17. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171.