DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good, but many fish have backed away from the shorelines. The bite is best on plastics, swimbaits, or nightcrawlers. Ballen McMullen, 10, caught a 7-pound bass. The bluegill, redear, and catfish bites also starting to improve, especially the panfish. The action has been along most shorelines with the fish in spawning mode. Mario Branco landed a 1.31-pound redear. Trout are very slow, and the last 3,500-pound trout plant of the season was over a month ago. Stripers also 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 largemouth bass bite has been good this past week, but the fish are backing out of the shallows, only coming up early and late in the day. Mostly smaller fish in the 1- to 3-pound class showing on plastics and reaction baits. The bluegill fair to good with the fish showing in the marina, at Sail Cove, and all over the east end on jigs tipped with meal worms and wax worms. Lots of half-pounders and some bigger. Few redear in this action. Carp are pretty good for the handful of anglers targeting them. The lake level continues to come up. Catfish and trout slow. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, this Saturday. The event includes a free barbecue for the kids. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.
SKINNER: The striper action has been pretty good this past week at the dam and inlet and in deeper water at Ramp No. 2, mostly on cut baits with chicken liver and sardines probably the top baits. Live shad is best if you can dip some, but frozen shad is also a good if you can get it. Thomas Gitlin, Temecula, landed a 7-pound striper on chicken liver near Ramp 2. Leah Golec, San Diego, used nightcrawlers to landed a 5-4 striper at the inlet. The largemouth bass bite been fair to good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill are good and improving with some good scores reported by good jig anglers. Other species have been slow with few reports. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: No report from the 6th Annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be this weekend, May 5-6, with $15,000 in cash and prizes. For fishing and derby 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.
RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook.