DIAMOND VALLEY: The best action has been on bluegill and redear with a lot of anglers reporting 10 to 25-fish stringers with some at a pound or better. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits getting the panfish, 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 largemouth bass action has been fair to good on Senkos, small jigs, and dropshot plastics. Most are in 10 to 30 feet of water with some topwater and near-surface action early and late in the day. The striper bite has been slow with only a few fish caught on swimbaits or trolled flies, and none bigger than six pounds. The catfish bite is slow to fair with little pressures. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. 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 bluegill and redear bites are good, improved from last week, with most of the fish in 10 to 12 feet of water and showing on small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms. The marina, east of the island, and the far east end of the lake have been the hot spots. Hasan Parks, San Bernardino, had 17 bluegill and redear with his top fish at two pounds fishing crickets and meal worms off the marina docks. Justin Rogers, Banning, landed 12 bluegill and redear to 1-9 on meal worms and red worms off the east end of the island. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with some fish starting to show on topwater early and late in the day and plastics the rest of the time. Most are showing along weed lines. Christopher Benito, Riverside, had three bass to 502 on drop-shot plastics in the marina docks. Anglers targeting carp are reporting some nice fish on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. Also no catfish reports. 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 remained good over the past week with lots of nice fish reported. The best was a 10-8 cat reported by James Santiago, Murrieta, on anchovies and ramp No. 2. Jami Mendoza, West Covina, landed a 9-7 on chicken liver at the inlet cove. The dam area and most coves are producing cats now. Stripers slowed way down this past week with only a few showing on shad-like cranks, topwater baits, and cut baits like anchovies and chicken liver. The inlet and mid-lake points have been the best spots. The largemouth bite also slowed with the best bite on dark plastics and nightcrawlers around most of the lake on structure. The topwater and reaction bait bite is also starting to take off with a few rat and frog fish this past week. The bluegill bite improved a tick this week, but it is fair at best. Top spots are the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina. Wax worms and meal worms have been top baits. Gerald Vasquez, Pico Rivera, landed a 1-3 on red worms mid-lake. 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: The lake is full, but 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.