DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite slowed way down over the past week with wildly fluctuating weather conditions. A few fish are showing in 20 to 40 feet of water off the points on a variety of plastics and swimbaits. Stripers have also been difficult with the best bite on stormy, windy days on big swimbaits. Some fish to 10 pounds. Alex Sedillo, Hemet, landed a 9.72-pound striper on a swimbait from shore. Few catfish or panfish reports this past week, but a few trout to four pounds have continued to be caught on inflated nightcrawlers, spinners, or spoons. 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 www.dvmarina.com 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 and around Alessandro Island. Most of the fish are 3 pounds or under, but Joseph Glover, San Bernardino, had a 4-14 on live shad. 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 been slow to fair with the best bite at the island, tire reef, and Sail Cove. Jigs tipped with crickets are the best bait, but a few on nightcrawlers and red worms. A few catfish are starting to show in the evenings on nightcrawlers or cut baits at Lots 11 and 12. There was a DFW trout plant two and four weeks ago, but the bite has been very slow. Water level has stabilized at around 1,544 feet, which will allow the last remaining 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 striped bass bite has been fair with most of the action in 40 feet of water at the dam, inlet, and west of Ramp No. 2 on trolled white flies, swimbaits, cut baits, or nightcrawlers. Kristen Kalota, San Diego, had a 5-4 striper fishing a nightcrawler at the inlet. Catfish are also fair to good at Ramp No. 2, in the east end, and along the whole south shoreline. Best action on cut baits, including chicken liver, shrimp, anchovies, and mackerel. Tommy Miller, Temecula, had three cats to 7-2 on anchovies in the east end, while Caroline Matthews, Pomona, had two cats to 6 pounds on anchovies on the south shoreline. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good showing on plastics, nightcrawlers, with some fish on reaction baits. Lots of two-pound class fish. Trout fishing has been slowed way down with warming water temperatures and no trout plants for three weeks. 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, mostly in shallow water, 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. Information on these events will be on the website.
RANCHO JURUPA: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Information: (951) 684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: There was a catfish plant two weeks ago and the bite has been fair to good since on shrimp-based baits. The next plant will go in May 22. 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 June. Some bluegill are being caught. Information: (909)795-0171.
LITTLE LAKE: DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. Information: (530) 526-7937.