DIAMOND VALLEY: The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair to good. The bass are steady with good action on topwater, cranks, and swimbaits early in the morning, and a lot of fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. The bluegill are running up to a pounds and they have been best on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits, and the top spots have been the ladders on the dams for boat anglers and the second cove to the right of the marina for shore anglers. The catfish bite is slow to fair with little pressures. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. Striped bass have been slow, but a few are showing for fly-trollers, but this bite continues to be tough. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. For 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: The marina was closed for four days this week due to not having power. The bluegill bite has been the best bet, and the best action has been morning and evening. A few redear, bass, and catfish, but the bluegill are providing the best action. Top spots for the ‘gills have been the outside edges of the weed beds, especially off the island, lots 11 and 12, and Sail Cove. Also some fish off the marina docks. Red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits. Scott Johnson, Temecula, landed a half-pound bluegill off the marina dock on redworms. The bass are mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with most 1-8 to 2-8. Marcus Anderson, Moreno Valley, had a pair of bass to three pounds on Senkos from shore near the launch ramps. A few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. David Turner, Corona, landed a 10-pounder on a dough bait. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early next year. 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: The catfish bite has been good and there was a county catfish plant last Friday (Aug. 18). The catfish bite has been best on cut baits along Catfish Alley, at Ramp No. 2, and all along the south shore coves, especially near the tules. A 12-pound catfish was landed by John Mallory, Murrieta, fishing anchovies in Catfish Alley. Santi Cherry, Lake Elsinore, had a stringer of three catfish and the big one was 9.2 pounds. All were caught on cut mackerel in the cove near Ramp No. 2. The largemouth bite has been fair with most of the fish on plastics and some on topwater. Jake Muthu, Riverside, landed a 3.5-pound bass on a plastic off the north shore. The stripers remain fair with early morning and late evening boils on shad, especially at the inlet (water has been coming in this week) and buoy line, but most fish are showing in deep water on sardines or chicken liver, but more this week on swimbaits and umbrella rigs. The bluegill bite is slow to fair, with a fair number of smaller fish around reeds and other cover along the north shore. Wax worms, crickets, and meal worms have been top baits. Carp are getting little pressure, but the bite has been good on dough baits in Catfish Alley and along the south shore. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: No report. For fishing 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.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook.