DIAMOND VALLEY: Big news: The first trout plant of the season was slated for Thursday this week with a stock of 4,000 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbow. In other news, the striped bass bite continues to improve for anglers trolling flies or other shad-like lures and casting swimbaits, and the trout plant should bring up some big fish. The stripers have been showing at the inlet-outlet tower and along the west dam. The marina will be giving away a free annual pass for the biggest striped bass weighed in at the marina in November. 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: The bite slowed this week and no more big catfish have been reported. The redear and bluegill bites remain fair with most of the fishing pressure off the marina dock, but some fish showing off the backside off the island, the Tire Reef, and at the dam for boat anglers. Joe Thompson, Perris, landed a 1.5-pound redear on a red worm off the marina dock. The bass bite is fair for small fish, and they are showing on everything from nightcrawlers to swimbaits to even topwater. The bite is pretty much all around the lake. 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 to good this past week with the action much improved during the full moon over the past week. 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 both launch ramps. Best baits continue to be cut baits (chicken liver, sardines, anchovies). David Gonzalez, Temecula, landed a 12.8-pound catfish near the dam on cut bait. It was the best of four fish he caught. Alfred Salas Jr., Pico Rivera, caught a 10.2-pound catfish in Catfish Alley on chicken liver and mackerel. The striper bite has 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. Angie Gomez, Pico Rivera, caught an eight-pound largemouth on a swimbait 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: First trout derby of the season will be this Saturday, Nov. 11 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. First trout plant of the season Friday before event. Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook.