DIAMOND VALLEY: The best action has been on bluegill and redear with a lot of anglers reporting 25-fish limits with some at a pound or better. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits getting the panfish, and 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 largemouth bass action has been fair to good on Senkos, small jigs, and dropshot plastics. Most are in 10 to 30 feet of water with some topwater and near-surface action early and late in the day. The striper bite has been slow with only a few fish caught on swimbaits or trolled flies, and none bigger than six pounds. The catfish bite also slowed this week, but still fair action 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 bluegill and redear bites are good with most of the fish in 10 to 12 feet of water and showing on small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. The east of the island has been the hot spot. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with some fish starting to show on topwater early and late in the day and plastics the rest of the time. Anglers targeting carp are reporting some nice fish on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. Also no catfish reports. 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 remained good over the past week with lots of nice fish reported. Tops were fish at 9.9 and 8.4 pounds landed by Raymond Dominguez and Ray Jr., both Fallbrok, fishing anchovies near the dam. Bobby Mylanta, Murrieta, had a 7.6-pound catfish. The dam area and most coves are producing cats now. Stripers are also pretty fair with some better fish starting to show on shad-like cranks, topwater baits, and cut baits like anchovies and chicken liver. The inlet and mid-lake points have been the best spots. The largemouth bite is fair to good on dark plastics and nightcrawlers around most of the lake on structure. The topwater and reaction bait bite is also starting to take off with quit a few rat and frog fish this past week. The bluegill bite remains slow to fair except for small fish, which are showing in pretty good numbers at the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Wax worms 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: Fair to good catfish action. Lake level is up with runoff. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: The lake is full, but 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 at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.
SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS
LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. No reports. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.
LAKE FULMOR AREA: Fulmor Lake and Strawberry Creek were both planted with DFW trout this week and two weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.
SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Catfish action is good. Catfish plants are weekly. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.
IRVINE LAKE: The lake is closed and will be for at least the immediate future.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. There are no fishing fees this season, only the $5 parking fee on weekends (or $3 during the week). For more information, 949-923-2240 or go to ocparks.com/parks/lagunan/.