DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout bite has slowed way down since the 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows four weeks ago, and the bite on stripers and largemouth bass is also fair at best, but a few big largemouth are showing. 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. For the few trout being caught, PowerBait, Mice Tails, and small trout jigs are the best bet. 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: Overall, this pretty slow fishing with very light fishing pressure. There was a DFW trout plant — the first of the season — this past Friday, but few reports of fish. The bass and bluegill action has improved a couple of ticks from last week, but still pretty tough. The largemouth have been best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 15 to 35 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. Tom Shelly, Riverside, landed a 7.5-pound bass on a crawdad off the marina docks, while Bryce Elmore, San Jacinto, had a 0.5-pound redear on a nightcrawler, also off the docks. James Boseneck, San Jacinto, landed a 0.25-pound bluegill on a nightcrawler off the dock. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early this 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 stayed pretty good for the second week in a row. The best bite has been on cut baits at the inlet and some mid-lake spots. Dan Ly Nguyen, Canyon Lake, had three stripers to 5.2 pounds, all on chicken liver near the inlet. Courtney Miller, Menifee, landed a 5-pound striper on a swimbait in the east end. A few more catfish reported in the past week, but the bite is still pretty slow on cut baits. Billy Burnside, Los Angeles, landed two catfish with his best a 9.3-pounder on anchovies. County trout plants went in two and four weeks ago, and a plant was slated for Wednesday this week. Slow to fair trout action 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.