DIAMOND VALLEY: Continued fair to good bass action with most of the fish in 15 to 30 feet of water and showing on drop-shot plastics, especially in pink and purple. Senkos and Creature baits also producing fish. There is also pretty good topwater or reaction bait action early and late in the day. The striped bass are still fair on trolled flies or on drifted cut baits. Some topwater early and late. The bluegill and redear have been good with a few more quality fish reported this past week. Best was a 2.57-pound redear landed by Jenny Reider, Temecula, fishing a nightcrawler at the Saddle Dam. The catfish have been improving steadily with some good action on cut baits in most of the coves. Kao Xiong, San Diego, landed a 7.34-pound cat from shore. Other species have been slow. Boats inspected and tagged “quagga free” at Diamond Valley are also allowed on Perris and Silverwood. 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: There is a resurgent catfish bite here with some good catfish being reported this past week. The best bite is around the tire reef and off the island. Gregory Michels, Riverside, had six catfish to 11.4 pounds on nightcrawlers. The panfish and bass bites have continued good. The bluegill and redear slowed a little from excellent to just fair to good and the best action has been the points in the Bernasconi Beach area and around the island. Crickets, meal worms, wax worms and red worms are still the top baits and the quality fish continue to be caught. Joe Hernandez, Eastvale, had 12 bluegill to 1.4 pounds off the marina docks fishing redworms and crickets. The bass are good and showing all around the lake on drop-shot plastics and reaction baits with the best bite early and late in the day. Most under three pounds. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina (951) 657-2179, state park (951) 940-5600.
SKINNER: The bluegill and redear bites are good in six to 20 feet of water in most of the coves and around reeds. Some fish are moving deeper with the warm weather. Best action on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, or small jigs tipped with one of those baits. The catfish bite is also good with quite a few fish topping five pounds. Catfish plant slated for Thursday this week. Top catfish reported were a pair of 15-pounders. One was landed by Michael Dewitt, Hemet on anchovies at the inlet, and the other was caught by Joe Gonzales, Lake Elsinore, on chicken liver in the dove adjacent to Ramp No. 2. The striper bite is fair to good on two to five pound class fish, but some bigger fish. The fish are showing off Ramp No. 2, at the dam, and the inlet. Brian Keith, Wildomar, landed a 12-pound striper on mackerel at the inlet. The largemouth bite also remains fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits, and there has been some topwater action. Carp are very good on dough baits, and most are in less than 10 feet of water. Information: store (951) 926-1505 or marina (951) 926-8515.
ELSINORE: The catfish bite remains good with a lot of good fish from six to 10 pounds. Shad remains the best bait, but some are showing on cut mackerel and shrimp, too. The carp bite has also turned on with the hot weather and the best action has been on dough baits or corn. The bite on bass, crappie, and bluegill, is still slow and there have been no wiper reports. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at (951) 642-0640 or go to williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: No report this week. The second qualifying tournament for the 2014 Slay Fest Championship will be 5 p.m. July 12. Corona is being planted twice a week with both catfish and tilapia. There is also night fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Information: (951) 277-4489 or log on at fishinglakes.com.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Catfish plant set for July 3. The catfish bite has remained fair with quite a few two to three pounder showing. Kirby Warner, Beaumont, had a 4-3 cat from the upper lake on a hot dog chunk. The bass remain fair and are catch-and-release only. Lots of two-pound class fish on topwater, reaction baits, and plastic worms early and late in the day. Bluegill fair to good, but most small. Information: (909) 795-0171.
JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: Catfish action has been good with the most recent plant two weeks ago. Anchovies have been the top bait, but the mackerel and nightcrawlers are also good. The lake is now open seven days a week. Monday through Thursday is 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Friday through Sunday hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. No catch and release allowed. No state fishing license required. Information: (951) 679-6562.