DIAMOND VALLEY: The lake finally reopened July 27th, and the largemouth bass bite has been pretty good since. The fish are chasing shad at all depths ñ on or near the surface early in the day and then progressively deeper as it warms up and there is increasing light on the water. Drop-shot plastics in 15 to 40 feet of water are also working. Few other reports. The algae-health closure was over a month long. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. For an update on the closure, 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: Few fishing reports with the heat and smoke this past week. There are still lots of small bluegill being caught along most rocky shorelines and around the flooded brush. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all been good for the bluegill. Only a few small bass reported on topwater early in the morning and plastic worms in deeper water the rest of the day. Weekend boat pressure is pretty intense, but large areas of the lake are still in ìno wakeî zones, so the fishing is holding up. 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 action is very good with a lot of two to five-pound fish caught on cutbaits, mostly chicken liver, garlic shrimp, mackerel, or anchovies. The top spots have been Launch Ramp No. 2, Catfish Alley, and most coves. There is also a 400-pound plant last Friday and another set for Aug. 17. Gary Camillo, Hemet, had three catfish to 8-4, while Trevor Cartago, Temecula, had a pair of cats to 7-9. Both the largemouth and striper bites are just fair. The largemouth are best on frogs and other topwater baits early in the day. Some on plastics as the day wears on. The striper bite is best at the inlet and dam area on jerkbaits or swimbaits fished early in the day. Some fish on baits and trolled umbrella rigs in deeper water. Bluegill slowed with a few small fish still showing on red worms, wax worms, nightcrfawlers, and small jigs at Ramp No. 1 and across from the marina and the fish are mostly 10 feet down or deeper. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.
ELSINORE: No report. For fishing and derby 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.
RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.
SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS
LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.
LAKE FULMOR AREA: DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake and Strawberry Creek three weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.