DIAMOND VALLEY: The striped bass bite continues to improve for anglers trolling flies or other shad-like lures and casting swimbaits. The fish are showing at the inlet-outlet tower and along the west dam. Mike Southerland, operator of Fish On Guide Service out of Hemet, landed a 12.88-pounder trolling his Mike’s Fly on Wednesday this week, and he has been hammering the stripers and largemouths trolling the past week. The marina will be giving away a free annual pass for the biggest striped bass weighed in at the marina in November. The other big news this week is that trout plants are expected to start next week. There wasn’t a firm date yet, and it may be a week longer, but itís going to happen soon. The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair to good. The largemouth bass are steady on topwater, cranks, swimbaits, and drop-shot plastics. While most are smaller right now, a few fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. The bluegill are running up to a pound, and they have been best on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits. 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 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: It looks like the untapped fall bite on the big catfish is taking off here. There were two big cats landed in the past week. The best was a 45-pounder landed by Roland Meeks, Riverside, on mackerel off the marina docks, and Terrance Brown, Riverside, caught a 27-pounder on a nightcrawler, also off the docks. The redear bite is also really starting to take off and there have been some real pigs to three pounds reported in the past two week, both from the marina docks. The top spots for the redear and bluegill have been the marina docks and the backside off the island, the Tire Reef, and at the dam for boat anglers. The bass bite is also good, but most of the fish are small and showing on everything from nightcrawlers to swimbaits to even topwater. The bite is pretty much all around the lake. Dan Rodriguez, Menifee, landed a five-pound bass on a nightcrawler off the marina dock. No stripers this week, but a few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end and Sail Cove. 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 has been fair this past week with the action a little off from the past several weeks. A few quality fish were reported again, and the top spots remain the dam/inlet area, the north shoreline, the coves in the east end, and all around the launch ramp. Best baits continue to be cut baits (chicken liver, sardines, anchovies). Michael Paterson, Temecula, landed an 8.8 pounders on mackerel in the dam area. The striper bite has also been fair with a decent bite in the morning and late afternoon at the dam and along the north shore. Stephen Valenzuela, Murrieta, had a six-pound striper at the inlet on shad. The largemouth bite remains fair on plastics, cranks, and some on topwater, especially in the Ramp No. 1 area and along the north shore. The bluegill bite is slow, except for a fair bite on small fish at the marina and along the north shore. Wax worms, crickets, and meal worms have been top baits. Carp are getting little pressure and the bite is slow to fair 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.