DIAMOND VALLEY: The lake finally reopened last Friday. Few reports since as the word slowly get out. The closure was over a month long. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. For an update on the closure, general lake, and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.
PERRIS: Hot with not much change in the fishing. Lots of boat traffic on weekends. The bluegill bite has been fair to good this past week with most of the action shifting into deeper water in the east end and off the island. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all been good for the bluegill. Weekend boat pressure is getting pretty intense, but large areas of the lake are still in ‘no wake’ zones, so the fishing is holding up. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair on plastics or nightcrawlers, with some topwater action very early in the day. Few carp, crappie, or catfish reported this week. The carp bite is pretty good most mornings on dough baits. 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 is very good with a lot of two to five-pound fish caught on cutbaits, mostly chicken liver, garlic shrimp, mackerel, or anchovies. The top spots have been Launch Ramp No. 2, Catfish Alley, and most coves. There is also a 400-pound plant slated for this week. Gabriella Gonzalez, San Bernadino, landed a 9-6 cat at Ramp No. 2 on mackerel, while Christopher Utah, Laguna Niguel, caught three cats to 8-8 on chicken liver, also near ramp 2. Both the largemouth and striper bites are just fair. The largemouth are best on frogs and other topwater baits early and late in the day. Some on plastics outside the early-late routine. Ruben Triana, Fontana, landed a 5-pound bass at Ramp 2 on a swimbait. The striper bite is best at the inlet and dam area on jerkbaits or swimbaits fished early in the day. Some fish on baits and trolled umbrella rigs in deeper water. Bluegill slowed with a few small fish still showing on red worms, wax worms, nightcrfawlers, and small jigs at Ramp No. 1 and across from the marina and the fish are mostly 10 feet down or deeper. There was a 400-pound catfish plant three weeks ago, and the next 400-pound plant is Aug. 3. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: No report. For fishing and derby information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: Due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.
RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook.