DIAMOND VALLEY: The boat launch reopens May 18. Private boats must be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. There will also be pre-inspections 7 a.m.-3 p.m. the two weekends prior to the reopening of the ramp. As for fishing, the largemouth bass bite has been good with a lot of bass shallow in the shoreline areas, some still in spawn most, most post-spawn. Plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The bluegill and redear bites have both taken off with a lot of fish in the one-pound range. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets have all been good baits, and some fish are showing on micro jigs. The east dam has been the hot spot. The trout action is slowing down with the last plant in early April. Stripers are slow, but the best bite has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or lastchancetackle.com.
PERRIS: The largemouth bass are still good but the spawn is about over. The action is best on plastic worms or Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water. Jon Lee, Riverside, had a 5-4 brass on a Brush Hawg, while Robert Jones, Banning, had three bass to 4-8 on a crawdad-like bait. The bluegill and redear are also starting to make beds around the island, marina area, dam, and east end, but the bite has been just fair with some real quality fish landed. Sam Chen, Chino Hills, had five bluegill to 1-7 on red worms off the face of the dam. Sonny delaTorre, San Bernardino, had a two-pound class bluegill on a small, homemade jig. Trout slow with the most recent DFW plant three weeks ago. A few catfish and carp from Sail Cove. 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: Largemouth, stripers, and bluegill are all fair to good. The ‘gills are moving into the spawn and showing in pretty good numbers on red worms, crickets, and nightcrawlers early in the morning, especially near reeds and inside of coves near structure in six to 18 feet of water. Joe Sanchez, Temecula, landed a 1-3 bluegill on a live cricket off the south shore. The stripers are best near the dam and main lake points on umbrella rigs, with some on cut baits. Corey Valentina, Corona, had a 5-7 bass on chicken liver off the south shore. The largemouth bite is best on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are 1-8 to two pounds, but some bigger. John Lovely, Hemet, landed a 4-8 on a Rapala. A few catfish are finally starting to show, mostly on cut baits off inside the main points and at the dam. Trout are slow. Most recent DFW plant was three weeks ago. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: No report. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: fishinglakes.com.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.