DIAMOND VALLEY: Both the bluegill and largemouth bites are very good here. The bass have really started to break open, especially on topwater baits, and a lot of fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. A lot of anglers reporting 10- to 25-fish stringers of bluegill and/or redear 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. Victor Pardo, Corona, caught a dozen bluegill that weighed a total of 11.32 pounds using jigs fishing off the bank. 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: Both the panfish and largemouth bites continue to be fair to good, especially early and late in the day. The bass are mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with a lot of fish topping four pounds but most 1-8 to 2-8. Robert Hodges, Riverside, had three bass to 5-5 on Robo Worms. The bluegill and redear bites are good, with the best action still east of the island and along the dam, but fish are also showing throughout the east end and along lots 11 and 12. Crickets, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms are all getting fish. William Smith, San Jacinto, had a mixed stringer of 12 redear and bluegill to 2-1 fishing crickets off the marina docks. Lee Ching, Chino Hills, had nine of the panfish and his top with was a 1-9. He was fishing east of the island with meal worms and wax worms. A few carp are showing 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 lake was closed Tuesday this week for a bluestone application to kill blue-green algae. This usually hammers the bite for a number of days. The best action has been on catfish with a recent stock, but good action on holdover fish, too. The best bite has been in Catfish Alley, but the east end and dam areas are also pretty good. Chicken liver and anchovies have been the top baits. Donald Lee Yang, Winchester, had a 10-2 catfish on anchovies near Ramp No. 2. Stephany Bale, Murrieta, landed three catfish to 9-4 on anchovies in the East Bay. The stripers and largemouth have been fair to good on topwater and swimbaits early in the day. The stripers have been best at the dam and inlet, while the largemouths are best in the east end. A 7-6 striper was caught by Boone Sanchez, Temecula, at the inlet on a nightcrawler. The bluegill bite is mostly on smaller fish around reeds and other cover, and it has been fair at best. Wax worms 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.