Fish Report– Sept. 26 ed

DIAMOND VALLEY: The catfish bite has been very good but getting light fishing pressure. The best action has been at both dams, around the islands, and in most of the coves. Stink baits, cut mackerel, sardines, or anchovies are the best baits, but nightcrawlers are also working. The largemouth bass bite is slow to fair with mostly fish under three pounds showing from 20 to 40 feet of water on plastics with some action closer to the surface early and late on Senkos and bluegill-like cranks. Striper remain surprisingly slow with few reports. The redear and bluegill bites are fair with fish reported on nightcrawlers and small jigs tipped with mearl worms. The dams, rock quarry, and near Restroom No. 2 are the best spots. 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 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or 

PERRIS: A few smaller stripers and one big 23-pounder were reported here this week, but the angler landing the big fish didn’t leave his name. The fish have been showing by the outlet tower on swimbaits and Alabama rigs. Branden Huskey, Riverside, had two stripers with the biggest at 2-8. The largemouth bass action has continued good with fish showing all over the lake, mostly chasing shad that are running along the shorelines. Plastics, minnow-like cranks or swimbaits, and curly-tail grubs have all been getting fish. Sail Cove and Launch Ramp Cove have been top spots. The top fish reported was a nine-pounder caught by Trevor Beer, Wildomar, on a plastic. The bluegill bite has been good in 20 to 40 feet of water along the west side of the lake on meal worms and crickets fishing on small jigs. Redear are tougher, and no crappie, trout, or catfish reported this past week. 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 striped bass took back off this past week with very good action at the dam and inlet area with boiling fish in the morning and then bait fish (shad, anchovies, sardines, chicken liver) the rest of the day. Most of the fish are two to four pounds, but Joe Landum, Orange, had a 10-pounder on shad at the inlet. The catfish bite is good with quite a few fish topping five pounds on shrimp, chicken liver, mackerel, and sardines fished in Catfish Alley, most coves, and near Ramp No. 2. Pao Moua, Beaumont, had a 14-pound cat on chicken liver at Ramp No. 1, while Penn Miller, Riverside, landed a 12-pound cat, also on chicken liver off the south shore. Catfish plant this Friday. The largemouth bite also remains fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits, and there has been some topwater action. Bluegill and redear are slow, but 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 most fish running from two to eight pounds. Cut baits and fresh or frozen shad working the best. The carp bite is fair to good on dough baits or corn. The bite on bass, crappie, and bluegill, is 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

CORONA: Fair to good catfish action reported on shrimp, mackerel, or other cut baits. Top fish was a 10-8 landed by Victor Anaya, Covina, on mackerel at the dam. Richard Garcia, Riverside, landed five catfish with a total weight of 12 pounds, while Paul Sulz, Riverside, landed three catfish and two tilapia weighing 11 pounds total. 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

RANCHO JURUPA: No recent plants. Information: 951-684-7032.

The catfish bite is just fair with most of the fish from 1-8 to 2-8 showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers. There were also a number of tagged with worth up to $50 each in the plant and most recent plant and several have not been caught yet. The bass action also remains fair and are catch-and-release only. Still a few 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.

LITTLE LAKE: No recent plants. Information: 530-526-7937.

REFLECTION LAKE: No report. Information: 951-654-7906 or

JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: Catfish action has been good. 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 hours are 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. 

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