DIAMOND VALLEY: A DFW trout plant had been scheduled for this week, but the plant was postponed because the surface water temperatures are still too high for the trout. Plants should being within a couple of weeks, but the allotments of fish to be planted will be about half of last year (both DFW and private plants). The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good when the bass are up chasing baitfish, and slow to fair action on plastics the rest of the time. Most of the fish are two to four pounds, but some up to six pounds have been reported. Nightcrawlers and plastic worms have been best when the fish are down, while rip baits, cranks, and topwater plugs are getting fish when they are chasing. Most of the action is on the inside of coves and off the dams. Stripers are tough to gauge because pressure is slow low, but the best bite along the west dam and near the inlet-outlet tower. Drifting cut anchovies, trolling white flies, and even some topwater baits are working. Good catfish bite with a lot of fish to six pounds on cut baits, nightcrawlers, and stink baits. Also still a fair to good bluegill bite at the dams on nightcrawlers, red worms, or crickets alone of fish on small jigs. 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 Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410.
PERRIS: There has been a good bite of bluegill and redear around the island and off Bernasconi Beach on red worms, meal worms, and small jigs tipped with bait. Many anglers using a MiceTail fished on a Trout Magnet jig tipped with either a meal worm or red worm. Some to2 pounds, but most hand-sized. The largemouth bass bite has remained good on reaction baits as fish chase shad along most shorelines. The dam and water tower areas have been the hotspots. Lots of weeds so anglers are reminded to fish barbless hooks. A few catfish are showing. No other reports. 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 catfish action continues good with more quality fish in the past week. The cats are showing in most of the coves on cut baits, especially chicken liver, mackerel, and anchovies. Leeann Wilson, Chula Vista, landed an 11-2 catfish on chicken liver at the buoy line, while Samuel Keith, Temecula, had an 8-5 cat on mackerel in the north bay. The striper bite have improved this past week with some boils in the morning at the dam. The surface fish have been caught on live shad and topwater lures at the dam. When the stripers go deeper, most are showing on cut baits. James Hursh, Riverside, caught an 8-8 striper fishing a Rapala at mid-lake. The largemouth have been best early in the mornings on reaction baits and then plastics the rest of the morning. Bluegill have been slow with only a few on red worms, crickets, meal worms, or wax worms fished in 12 to 20 feet of water in the east end coves. Carp are very good, but they get little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: Light fishing pressure, but there continues to be a fair bite on catfish for anglers fishing frozen shad, shrimp, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, or Mack Bites. Slow other species. A few largemouth bass are showing early in the mornings on reaction baits and topwater, but the bluegill and crappie are quiet. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Stocking every other week with catfish. Next stock next week. Information: 909-795-0171.