DIAMOND VALLEY: Light fishing pressure, but the bass bite has been fair 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 a little more early and late action with the weather change this week with swimbaits a good bet on the shoreline areas and off the dams for rental boat anglers. A few on cut baits, too. Catfish slowed down with light pressure, and only a few bluegill and redear were reported. 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 951-926-7201or 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, but Hoss Rucker, Grand Terrace, landed an 8-9 bass on a Power Worm in the marina. 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 with a pretty good bite at the tire reef and increasing numbers in the marina on red worms and meal worms. 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 really turned on in the past week with very good action in all of the coves. The cats are showing on cut baits and nightcrawlers in five to 10 feet of water. James Brooks, San Diego, had three catfish to 7-2 on anchovies at ramp No. 2, while Tina Gallo, Temecula, landed a 5-2 cat on chicken liver mid-lake. 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. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics, nightcrawlers, with some fish on reaction baits. Lots of 2-pound class fish. Trout fishing has been very slow with warming water temperatures and no trout plants for over a month, but a the odd fish continues to show up. Bryant Zobelle, Escondido, caught a 4-1 rainbow in Inlet Cove fishing a nightcrawler. 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 three weeks ago and the bite has been fair to good on shrimp-based baits. The next plant is this 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.