DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has remained good, especially early in the day on reaction baits. Most of the fish are 2 to 4 pounds, but some up to 10 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 fair with the best bite along the west dam and near the inlet-outlet tower. Driving 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 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 bluegill and redear bites are fair to good. The bluegill have been best on crickets on a mini-Carolina rig in Sail Cove, while the redear are best 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. Meal worms, wax worms, and small jigs also getting the panfish. The bass bite has been fair to good with the best action along the face of the dam, mostly on Senkos, Creature Baits, and other plastics fished Texas rig or drop-shot style. Also some topwater fish early and late. Most of the bass are 3-pounders or smaller, but Nate Dray, Riverside, had a 4 pound on a thin Senko. The odd catfish continues to show from Power Cove or Sail Cove on cut baits or dough baits. Rich Culp, Desert Hot Springs, had a 10-pound cat on a nightcrawler. 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: The catfish action continues very good, while largemouth bass are fair. The bluegill and striper bites slowed way down. The cats have been best on chicken liver, mackerel, shrimp, and garlic shrimp at Ramp No. 2 and in most of the coves in the east end and along the south shoreline. Top fish reported was a 13-pounder landed by Sam Bo Nhel, Long Beach on chicken liver. Gerald Ronaldo, Corona, had a 12-9 on anchovies, and Mike Montgomery, Long Beach, landed an 11-2 on chicken liver. The largemouth bass are best along the north shore reeds on plastics or nightcrawlers, but some fish on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. Stripers slowed way down with only a few reported at the dam on mackerel or shad. Bluegill have also slowed with the best 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: Good catfish action continues for 3 to 10-pound fish, with an occasional bigger fish. All the shore fishing areas are pretty decent and boat anglers are doing even better. The best bite has been on 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.