DIAMOND VALLEY: The first trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago and the trout bite has slowed way down since. Still a few fish showing on small trout jigs, trout plastics, and PowerBait. The striped bass bite continues to improve for anglers trolling flies or other shad-like lures and casting trout-like swimbaits now that trout have been planted. The stripers have been showing at the inlet-outlet tower, around the marina, and along the west dam. The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair, but slowing. The largemouth bass are steady still showing cranks and swimbaits morings, but on drop-shot plastics in deeper water the rest of the day. 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 with little pressures. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. The Nation Bass West Tournament will be Sunday (Dec. 3). 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 bass and bluegill action has been fair to good over the past week. The bass are showing off the dam and the back of the island in 10 to 18 feet of water on nightcrawlers on plastics. Gabriel Salina, Cherry Valley, landed a 13-pound bass fishing a Senko off the south end of the island. Anthony Garcia, Perris, caught a 3-pound bass on a nightcrawler off the marina dock. The bluegill and a few redear are showing off the marina docks, the tire reef, and the backside of the island, and some better quality fish continue to be caught. Jonathan Edwards, Canyon Lake, had a one-pound bluegill off the dock on a meal worm. No catfish, carp, or striper reports this week, and there is no word on when trout plants will start from DFW. 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: There was a trout plant last Wednesday and there was fair action through the holiday weekend. This was the second stock of the season with the first plant Nov. 8. Most of the fish have been reported on PowerBait and Power Mice, but also some on small trout jigs. The striper bite surged over the past week with good action early and late in the day at the dam and inlet area on both cut baits and some on topwater during boils. Jacob Jackson Jr., six, of Perris, landed a 5.5-pound striper on shad in the east end. The catfish are still fair. The top areas are still at the dam/inlet area, Catfish Alley, and around both launch ramps. Best baits continue to be cut baits (chicken liver, sardines, anchovies). Allen Polansky, Menifee, topped off his three-catfish stringer with an 11.1-pounder, all on chicken liver off the south shoreline. The largemouth bite is slow to fair with the best bite on plastics and nightcrawler around Ramp No. 1 and along the north shore. The bluegill bite is slow. 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.