Fish Report-Freshwater, Sept. 16

DIAMOND VALLEY: Very, very light fishing pressure. The largemouth bass bite has remained good, especially early in the day on reaction baits. Most of the fish are two to four pounds, but some up to six pounds have been reported in the past week. Everything from nightcrawlers and plastic worms to topwater plugs are getting fish. 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 6 pounds on cut baits, nightcrawlers, and stink baits. Also good bluegill action 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: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the best action off the face of the dam, water tower, or in Launch Ramp Cove. Plastics or swim baits have been the best bet for 1-8 to three-pound class fish with a few bigger. The bluegill have been good on crickets or meal worms fished on a mini-Carolina rig at the tire reef of in in Sail Cove, while a few redear have been caught in the marina, at the island, tire reef, and the whole west side of the lake on nightcrawlers and redworms flylined to the fish in 10-feet of water on light gear. The odd catfish continues to show from the marina docks, Power Cove, or Sail Cove on nightcrawlers, cut baits, or dough baits. The launch ramp will 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: Fishing pressure has fallen way off, but the catfish action continues very good, while the largemouth bite has remained fair. Stripers slowed back down again and the bluegill bite is very slow. The catfish bite has been best in less than 10 feet of water from the east end to the inlet, pretty much throughout the lake’s shallow coves and shoreline areas. Anchovies, chicken liver, and dough/stick baits have all been good. Pedro Salazar, Long Beach, had three catfish to 12-9 on chicken live at the inlet, while Victoria Reyes, San Bernardino, landed a 12-pound cat, also on chicken liver at the inlet. Vance Chandler of Arizona had four cats to 9-9 on anchovies in the east end. The largemouth have been best early in the mornings on reaction baits or topwater and then plastics the rest of the morning. Mike Montgomery, Temecula, landed a 7-8 bass on a swimbait in the east bay. The few stripers showing are being caught at the inlet and dam area on shad, cut mackerel, and chicken liver. Most have been under four pounds. Bluegill have also slowed with only a few fish showing 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 early and late in the day. 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.

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