Fish Report-Freshwater, Sept. 23

DIAMOND VALLEY: Little fishing pressure. The largemouth bass bite has remained fair with some flurries of good action, 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 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 largemouth bass bite has broken wide open on reaction baits, according to local guide Pete Marino ( The fish are up chasing the schools of threadfin shad and silversides and very aggressive. Cranks, jerk baits, and even topwater baits are the best bet. The water temperatures are finally starting to cool a little thanks to the cooler evenings. The best action has been off the face of the dam, water tower, or in Launch Ramp Cove. Far fewer fish on plastics. The bluegill have been slow to fair 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- to 20-feet of water on light gear. 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: Fishing pressure has fallen way off, but the catfish action continues very good, especially at ramps No. 1 and No. 2, along Catfish Alley, and in most coves. Most of the catfish have been on cut baits, especially chicken liver, mackerel, and nightcrawlers. Jake Gonzalez, Pico Rivera, had a 12-7 catfish on anchovies, while Erin Tripp, Azusa, landed an 11-5 on chicken liver. Robert Hausler, Hemet, caught a 10-pound cat. Stripers have remains slow with only a few fish showing in boils at the dam-inlet area early in the morning on reaction baits or in the same area on cut baits later. The largemouth have been best early in the mornings on reaction baits or topwater and then plastics the rest of the morning. Lots of dinks right now. 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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