DIAMOND VALLEY: The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair to good. The 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. Striped bass have been improving each week, and there is now a pretty good bite on the schoolie-sized fish (up to five pounds) along with a few bigger fish over 10 pounds. The best action has been for fly-trollers or for anglers tossing swimbaits. Trout stocking season expected to begin in early November. 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 redear bite is really starting to take off and there have been some real pigs reported in the past week, both from the marina docks. The biggest one was a three-pounder landed by Chris Benito, Moreno Valley, on a small swimbait, while Spencer Davenport, Moreno Valley, landed a 2.5-pounder on a nightcrawler-meal worm combination. 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. 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 very good over the past week with a lot of quality fish in the catch. Top spots have been 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). Dustin Miller, Temecula, landed three cats and his best fish was a 10.2-pounder, all on mackerel from an east end cove. Matthew Gonzales, Lake Elsinore, had a 10-pound cat on chicken liver along the north shoreline at mid-lake. The striper bite came back on this past week during the new moon with pretty good action at the dam-inlet area on reaction baits and topwater, and some also on cut baits. While most are smaller fish, an 8.8-pounder was landed by Billy Swanye, Temecula, on shad at the inlet. The largemouth bite remains fair on plastics, cranks, and some on topwater. 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.