DIAMOND VALLEY: The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair, and both improved over this past week. The bass are steady with good action on topwater, cranks, and swimbaits from early into mid-morning with the cooler days. 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 slow, but a few are showing for fly-trollers, but this bite continues to be tough. 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: Improving fishing with the cooler weather and new moon. The panfish action has improved with fair to good fishing this week on the bluegill with a few redear mixed in. The bluegill bite has been the best on the outside edges of the weed beds, especially off the island, lots 11 and 12, and Sail Cove. Also some bluegll and redear off the marina docks. Red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits. Fish to 1.1 pounds reported this week. The bass are fair and improving, mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with most 1-8 to 2-8. A few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. There was also a 15-pound striper caught this past week. 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 continued good on cut baits along Catfish Alley and at Ramp No. 2. Lots of nice pan-sized fish from two to four pounds, and fish over eight pounds reported each week. The final county catfish plant of the season is set for Sept. 29. Top cat reported this week was an 11.9-pounder caught by Jackson Reed, Temecula, on chicken livers from the east end. Johnny Gomez, 9, Temecula, landed a 9.9-pound catfish, also on chicken liver. The largemouth bite has been fair with most of the fish on plastics and some on topwater. The stripers remain mostly slow but a few are showing at the inlet or off mid-lake points on sardines or chicken liver. Mike Chandler, Long Beach, had a 6.2-pound striper on live shad near the dam. The bluegill bite is slow to fair, with a fair number of smaller fish around reeds and other cover along the north shore. Wax worms, crickets, and meal worms have been top baits. Carp are getting little pressure, but the bite has been good 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.