DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout bite has slowed way down since the 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows three weeks ago, and the bite on stripers and largemouth bass is also fair at best, but a few big largemouth are showing. For the trout, PowerBait, Mice Tails, and small trout jigs are the best bet. The striped bass bite has been very spotty with only the rare fish reported on trolled flies, umbrella rigs, or casting trout-like swimbaits. The stripers have been showing at the inlet-outlet tower, around the marina, and along the west dam. The largemouth have been showing on the trolled flies or swimbaits in umbrella rigs or on drop-shot plastics in deeper water. A few have also some on big, trout-like swimbaits. Danny Uribe, Los Angeles, landed a 9-13 bass this past week. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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 bass and bluegill action have continued to be slow with light fishing pressure. The largemouth have been best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 12 to 25 feet of water, while the bluegill and a few redear are showing off the marina docks, the tire reef, and the backside of the island on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Also a few bigger carp showing around the marina on dough baits. The lake is supposed to get DFW trout this week for the first time this season. 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 striper bite surged this past week at the inlet and dam on cut baits, with the morning bite the best. Santiago Sanchez, Murrieta, had two stripers and his best was a 6-pounder. He was fishing chicken liver near Ramp No. 1 to catch his fish. County trout plants went in last Wednesday and three weeks ago. The next plant will be Jan. 3. Slow to fair bite at Ramp No. 2 on PowerBait and MiceTails. The largemouth action has been fair on plastics along the north shore. Shanelle Willington, Anza, landed an 8-pound largemouth off the north shore on a nightcrawler. No reports of catfish, bluegill, or carp this week. 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.