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Aug
18

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the bass bite has been just fair over the past week. Most of the action remains on topwater, Senkos, Ikas, and in 15 to 25 feet of water on plastics. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some bigger. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish reported on swimbaits in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is still good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. Stripers have been slow. The catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the cats. Lots of flatheads. The boat launch has reopened. 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 remain fair to good, and some better fish are showing again. Top areas have been around the dam and Sail Cove with some very good stringers reported. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits in deeper water. Cayden Yin, 6, Long Beach, landed 13 bluegill to 1-2 on crickets and meal worms at the dam. The largemouth bass are still showing in a pretty fair topwater bite early in the morning and late in the evening, with some fish on plastics other parts of the day. Most of the fish are on the outside edges of the weeds. Guide Pete Marino and a buddy had landed and released 33 bass to five pounds, his best trip of the summer. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. There were also some stripers landed this past week. The best was an eight-pounder caught by Mike Craig, Riverside, on a homemade lure, while Ian Cube, Buena Park, had a 6-12 striper on a Lunker Plunker. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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 lake was bluestoned Aug. 11 (last Thursday), but it didn’t knock the bite totally out of kilter like normal. The striper bite stayed pretty good with surface action until 8:30 a.m. at the inlet. The evening bite also came on a little the last two hours of light. Some fish on bait, but most on surface swim baits. Lindsey and Jimmy Smitz, Temecula, had a 9-9 striper at the inlet. The bluegill bite has stayed pretty fair, especially along the south side of the lake and around the inlet. Crickets have been the best bait. The catfish bite has been good. The best action has been at the inlet, Launch No. 2, and along the south shore. Chicken liver is the top bait, but shrimp and mackerel are also working. Chantelle Gutierrez, Pico Rivera, landed a 12-9 catfish on mackerel. Largemouth are fair on plastics, with some topwater. Best areas have been the east end and most coves along the south shore. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: The lake has been closed to recreational use because of a harmful algae. The closure includes fishing and boating. 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 temporarily closed. 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: Very slow fishing. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: No recent trout plants in Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Aug
11

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the bass bite has been just fair over the past week. Most of the action remains on topwater, Senkos, Ikas, and in 15 to 25 feet of water on plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some bigger. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish reported on swimbaits in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is still good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. Stripers have been slow. The catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the cats. Jon Sparks, Hemet, had a 6.76-pound flathead catfish on a nightcrawler near the island. The boat launch has reopened. 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 remain fair to good, and some better fish are showing again. Top areas have been around the dam and Sail Cove. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits in deeper water. Charles Jones, Riverside, had 18 bluegill from Sail Cove on crickets and wax worms and his best fish was 1-9. The largemouth bass are still showing in a pretty fair topwater bite early in the morning and late in the evening, with some fish on plastics other parts of the day. Most of the fish are on the outside edges of the weeds. Richard Young, Chino Hills, had four bass to 4-2 on topwaters and plastics fishing west of the island. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. Juan Reyes, Victorville, had a 15-2 catfish on mackerel off the marina point. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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 striper bite has been fair to good with surface action early in the morning and then again in the evening. The morning bite is at the inlet, while the evening bite is usually in the east end. Some fish on bait, but most on surface an swim baits. The bluegill bite has stayed pretty fair, especially around Ramp No. 2 with crickets and meal worms good bets. Lola Gonzalez, Temecula, had a 1-2 bluegill on a meal worm across from the marina. The catfish bite has been good. The best action has been at the inlet, Launch No. 2, and along the south shore. Chicken liver is the top bait, but shrimp and mackerel are also OK. Candy Wyatt Smith, Oceanside, had a 10-5 catifhs on mackerel at Ramp No. 2. Largemouth are fair on plastics, with some topwater. Best areas have been the east end and most coves along the south shore. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: The lake has been closed to recreational use because of a harmful algae. The closure includes fishing and boating. 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 temporarily closed. 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: Very slow fishing. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: No recent trout plants in Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Aug
04

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the bass bite has been just fair over the past week. Most of the action remains on topwater, Senkos, Ikas, and plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some bigger. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish reported on swimbaits in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is still good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. Stripers have been slow. The catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the cats. The boat launch has reopened. 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 largemouth bass have been good this past week with a hot topwater bite early in the morning and late in the evening. Most of the fish are on the outside edges of the weeds. Also some fish on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, or Senkos. Todd Meyers, Hemet, had three bass with his best a 5-7 on a topwater off the north shore. The bluegill and redear bites remain fair to good, and some better fish are showing again. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, lots 11 and 12, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits in deeper water. John Wittman, Riverside, had 23 bluegill to 1-8 on crickets in Sail Cove and at the dam. Robert Guzman, Moreno Valley, had 15 bluegill to 2-1 on crickets and wax worms off the marina docks. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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 striper bite has been good with good surface action early in the morning and then a bait bite late afternoon or evening. Top action has been at the inlet and buoy line. The bluegill bite came back on this past week, with pretty fair action and some better quality fish. The best bite is still along the south shore on crickets, meal worms, and small jigs. Joey Landers, Prescott, Ariz., landed a 2-2 bluegill on a meal work at Ramp No. 2. The catfish bite has been good. The best action has been at the inlet, Launch No. 2, and along the south shore. Chicken liver is the top bait. Largemouth are fair on plastics, with some topwater. Best areas have been the east end and most coves along the south shore. Charles Draught, Winchester, landed a five-pound bass on a plastic lizard in the east end. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Jul
28

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the bass bite has been just fair over the past week. Most of the action remains on topwater, Senkos, Ikas, and plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some bigger. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish reported on swimbaits in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is still good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. Few reports of other species, but the catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the cats. The boat launch has reopened. 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 remain fair to good, but most of the fish are small. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, lots 11 and 12, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits in deeper water (15 feet plus). The largemouth bass are pretty good around the island, off the dam, and at lots 11 and 12. Most of the fish are on the outside edges of the weeds. The action is best on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, or Senkos and Brush Hawgs with a topwater bite early. Tony Ayala, San Jacinto, had a five-pound bass on a Zara Spook topwater. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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 striper bite has been wide open with good surface action early and late with swimbaits and bait working throughout the day in deeper water. The best bite has been at the inlet and buoy line with surface boils in the morning and some in the evening. Sergio Diaz, Chino, had a 10-pound striper on a swimbait at the inlet. The bluegill bite tanked since the full moon with just fair action along the south shore on crickets. The catfish bite has been good. The best action has been at Launch No. 2 and along the south shore, but some are also showing at the dam and inlet. Chicken liver, nightcralwers, and mackerel are the best bets. Patricia James, Temecula, had three catfish to 9-9, all on chicken liver at Ramp No. 2. Largemouth are fair on plastics, especially in the east end and most coves along the south shore. Plastic worms and lizards have been the best baits, but some on topwater and reaction baits. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Jul
14

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the bass bite has been fair to good, Most of the action on Senko, Ikas, and plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. The key has been fishing in those rocky and grass interfaces in 12 to 30 feet of water with baby bass and bluegill imitations. The grass is at least a foot long so drop-shot anglers should use at least 12 to 15-inch leaders now. There is a lot of empty water, but the bass seem to be schooling and once you find fish the action can be hot. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some up to seven. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish to three pounds reported in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is very good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. Few reports of other species, but the catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the cats. The boat launch has reopened. 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: Jump in water level moved the fish around a bite, but the bite is still generally. The bluegill and redear bites remain good. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, lots 11 and 12, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. The largemouth bass are pretty good around the island, off the dam, and at lots 11 and 12. Most of the fish are on the outside edges of the weeds. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water, especially early and late in the day. Still quite a bit of surface action. Jason Jennings, Banning, had a five-pound bass on a crank, while Abel Martinez, Moreno Valley, had a four-pounder on a drop-shot plastic. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. Hector Rodriguez, Riverside, landed an eight-pound catfish at lots 11 and 12 on a nightcrawler. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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 bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the Boat Launch Two area and adjacent coves seem to be holding the most fish. The dam area is also good. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, meal worms, and lug worm pieces in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger ëgills to 1-8 reported. The catfish bite has been very good taking off over the last three weeks and getting better. The best action has been at Launch No. 2 and along the south shore, but some are also showing at the dam and inlet. Chicken liver, nightcralwers, and mackerel are the best bets. Catfish plant last Friday. Britney Steels, Oceanside, had a 12.45-pound cafish on chicken liver at Ramp No. 2. Daniel Martinez, Winchester, had six catfish with his stringer topped by an 11.9-pounder. All were caught on anchovies at the inlet and in deep water mid-lake. Stripers also fired back up this past week with good action at the inlet and near the buoy line, especially in the mornings. Topwater and swimbaits best in that early bite, and then a fair to good bait bite after the early flurry. Largemouth fair on plastics, especially in the east end and most coves. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Jul
07

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Continued good overall fishing. The water level continues rising steadily, and the bass bite has been fair to good, Most of the action on Senko, Ikas, and plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. The key has been fishing in those rocky and grass interfaces in 12 to 30 feet of water with baby bass and bluegill imitations. The grass is at least a foot long so drop-shot anglers should use at least 12 to 15-inch leaders now. There is a lot of empty water, but the bass seem to be schooling and once you find fish the action can be hot. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some up to seven. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish to three pounds reported in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is very good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. A few stripers are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. Few reports of other species. The boat launch has reopened. 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: Jump in water level moved the fish around a bite, but the bite is still generally. The bluegill and redear bites remain good. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. Sean Williams, Riverside, had eight bluegill to 1-8 on crickets and wax worms off the marina docks. Thomas Robretson, Austin, Tex., had 13 bluegill and redear to 1-3 on the south side of the islands fishing small jigs with crickets. The largemouth bass are pretty good around the island, off the dam, and at lots 11 and 12. Most of the fish are on the outside edges of the weeds. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water, especially early and late in the day. Still quite a bit of surface action. Paul Jones, San Jacinto, had four bass on plastics with his best a 5-7. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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 bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the Boat Launch Two area and adjacent coves seem to be holding the most fish. The dam area is also good. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, meal worms, and lug worm pieces in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger ëgills to 1-8 reported. The catfish bite has been very good taking off over the last two weeks and getting better. The best action has been at Launch No. 2 and along the south shore, but some are also showing at the dam and inlet. Chicken liver, nigthcralwer, and mackerel are the best bets. Daniel Bales, Temecula, landed a nine-pound cat on chicken liver at the inlet. Next catfish plant is this Friday. Stripers and largemouth are both fair. For the stripers, the bite is best in deep water at the inlet on chicken liver and anchovies, while the largemouths are best on plastics, especially in the east end and most coves. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Don Parker, Riverside, used a garlic dough ball to landed a 13-pound carp. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Jun
30

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the bass bite has been fair to good, Most of the action on Senko, Ikas, and plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. The key has been fishing in those rocky and grass interfaces in 12 to 30 feet of water with baby bass and bluegill imitations. The grass is at least a foot long so drop-shot anglers should use at least 12 to 15-inch leaders now. There is a lot of empty water, but the bass seem to be schooling and once you find fish the action can be hot. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some up to seven. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish to three pounds reported in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is very good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. A few stripers are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. Few reports of other species. The boat launch has reopened. 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 remain good. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. The largemouth bass are fair. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water, especially on the west side of the island and all around the lake on the outside edge of the weed lines. Also a lot more surface action this week for anglers fishing smaller topwater in the mornings. Diana Cortez, Baldwin Park, had a four-pound bass on a drop-shot plastic off the islands. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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 bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the Boat Launch Two area and adjacent coves seem to be holding the most fish. The dam area is also good. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, meal worms, and lug worm pieces in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger specimens in the two-pound class have been reported this past week. Phong Ngyun, Long Beach, had six bluegill to two pounds on crickets from the coves near the buoy line. The catfish bite has been very good taking off over the last two weeks and getting better with each hot day. The best action has been at Launch No. 2 and along the south shore, but some are also showing at the dam. Chicken liver, nigthcralwer, and mackerel are the best bets. Also a plant went in last week. Stripers and largemouth are both fair. For the stripers, the bite is best in deep water at the inlet on chicken liver and anchovies, while the largemouths are best on plastics, especially in the east end and most coves. Mark Ficher, French Valley, had two stripers to three pounds on topwater at the inlet. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. 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: No recent plants. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: No recent trout plants in Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Jun
23

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the bass bite has been fair to good, Most of the action on Senko, Ikas, and plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. The key has been fishing in those rocky and grass interfaces in 12 to 30 feet of water with baby bass and bluegill imitations. The grass is at least a foot long so drop-shot anglers should use at least 12 to 15-inch leaders now. There is a lot of empty water, but the bass seem to be schooling and once you find fish the action can be hot. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some up to seven. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish to three pounds reported in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is very good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. A few stripers are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. Few reports of other species. The boat launch has reopened. 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 remain good. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. The largemouth bass are fair. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water, especially on the west side of the island and all around the lake on the outside edge of the weed lines. Also a lot more surface action this week for anglers fishing smaller topwater in the mornings. Paytten Niburger, Murrieta, landed a 5-6 bass on a crankbait in the marina. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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 bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the Boat Launch Two area and adjacent coves seem to be holding the most fish. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, meal worms, and lug worm pieces in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger specimens in the two-pound class have been reported this past week. The catfish bite has been very good taking off over the last two weeks and getting better with each hot day. The best action has been at Launch No. 2 and along the south shore, but some are also showing at the dam. Chicken liver, nigthcralwer, and mackerel are the best bets. Also a plant slated for this week. Stripers and largemouth are both fair. For the stripers, the bite is best in deep water at the inlet on chicken liver and anchovies, while the largemouths are best on plastics, especially in the east end and most coves. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. 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 plant three four 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: Fulmor Lake planted with DFW trout four weeks ago. No recent plants in Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Weekly plants of catfish and tilapia. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: The lake is now 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/.

Jun
17

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: With the water level rising steadily, the bass bite has been fair to good with most of the action on Senko, Ikas, and plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. The key has been fishing in those rocky and grass interfaces in 12 to 30 feet of water with baby bass and bluegill imitations. The grass is at least a foot long so drop-shot anglers should use at least 12 to 15-inch leaders now. There is a lot of empty water, but the bass seem to be schooling and once you find fish the action can be hot. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some up to seven. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish to three pounds reported in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is very good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. Few reports of other species. The boat launch has reopened. 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 remain good. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. The largemouth bass are fair. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water, especially on the west side of the island and all around the lake on the outside edge of the weed lines. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. Sing Pao, Anaheim, landed a 16-popund carp on a nightcrawler. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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 bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the reedy areas seem to be holding the most fish. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, meal worms, and lug worm pieces in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger specimens are also being caught. Brent Whitmore, Wildomar, had four bluegill and his best was a 2.1-pounder, all caught on crickets. The catfish bite has been very good taking off over the last two weeks and getting better with each hot day. The best action has been at Launch No. 2 and along the south shore, but some are also showing at the dam. Chicken liver, nigthcralwer, and mackerel are the best bets. Stripers and largemouth are both fair. For the stripersthe bite is best in deep water at the inlet on chicken liver and anchovies, while the largemouths are best on plastics, especially in the east end and most coves. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Jun
09

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has remained good with a lot of two to four pound fish. The lake continues to rise so there is a lot of flooded brush that is attracting fish early and late in the date to chase bait. Topwater and reaction baits have been best then, but the fish drop back down into 12 to 20 feet of water once the sun has been on the water for a while. The bluegill and redear bites are as good or better than the bass with a lot of fish from a half- to one-pound showing on meal worms, nightcrawlers, wax worms, crickets and small jigs. The panfish are liking the newly flooded brush, too. Few reports of stripers, but some are showing on trolled flies at the inlet-outlet tower and off the face of the dams. The boat launch has reopened. 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 remain good. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. The largemouth bass are fair. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water, especially on the west side of the island and all around the lake on the outside edge of the weed lines. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. However, Nathaniel Lowe, Riverside, landed a 25.2-pound catfish on a nightcrawler off the marina docks. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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 bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the reedy areas seem to be holding the most fish. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, and meal worms in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger specimens are also being caught. The catfish, largemouth bass, and stripers bites have also been fair to good. The catfish took off with the warm weather, especially at the dam on mackerel dipped in garlic. But the cats are showing in most of the deeper coves. Stripers remain best at the inlet and the middle of the buoy line at the dam. Shad-like swim baits are good, but most of the fish are showing on chicken liver, anchovies, or mackerel. Michael Schumer, Menifee, landed a 15-pound striper on anchovies mid-lake. The largemouth bite is best on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are 1-8 to two pounds, but some bigger fish are showing. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Jun
02

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The boat launch reopened two weeks ago. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. The largemouth bass bite has been good on plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. Fishing the dams and off the islands have been the best bet. The bluegill and redear bites have both taken off with a lot of fish in the one-pound range. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets have all been good baits, and some fish are showing on micro jigs. The east dam has been the hot spot. The trout action has pretty much died. Stripers are slow with only a few fish reports at the two dams and around the water intake-outtake tower. 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 broke wide open this week with some very good catches reported over the weekend. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. Charles Lee, Moreno Valley, had 12 bluegill and redear and the best was a 1.8-pounder, all on crickets and wax worms fished west of the island. Sonny de la Torre, Riverside, had 15 bluegill and redear and his best was a 1.11-pounder on his homemade jigs tipped with crickets. The largemouth bass are still good. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water. Bradie Jones, Riverside, had three largemouth to 5.4 pounds on jerkbaits at the tire reef. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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 bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the reedy areas seem to be holding the most fish. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, and meal worms in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger specimens are also being caught. The catfish, largemouth bass, and stripers bites have also been fair to good. The catfish took off with the warm weather, especially at the dam on mackerel dipped in garlic. But the cats are showing in most of the deeper coves. Joseph Gonzales, Elsinore, had a 15-pound cat on chicken liver in the cove adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Stripers remain best at the inlet and the middle of the buoy line at the dam. Shad-like swim baits are good, but most of the fish are showing on chicken liver, anchovies, or mackerel. Brian Forbes, Wildomar, landed a 12-pound stripers on mackerel at the inlet, while Michael Davidson, Hemet, landed a 10-2 on anchovies, also at the inlet. The largemouth bite is best on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are 1-8 to two pounds, but some bigger fish are showing. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby will be 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The free event is for kids 15 and under and they must bring their own fishing gear. The event will be held out of La Laguna Resort and Boat Launch. Call the Lake Community Center for information or to register at 951-245-0442, No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

May
26

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The boat launch reopened last week. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. The largemouth bass bite has been very good on plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The bluegill and redear bites have both taken off with a lot of fish in the one-pound range. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets have all been good baits, and some fish are showing on micro jigs. The east dam has been the hot spot. The trout action is slowing down with the last plant in early April. Stripers are slow, but the best bite has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. 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 largemouth bass are still good. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water. Alex Canup, Riverside, landed a 4.5-pounder on a Robo Worm at the water tower, while John Wright, Moreno Valley, had a 2.6-pouner on a plastic worm in Power Cove. The bluegill and redear are also starting to make beds around the island, marina area, dam, and east end, and the bite is fair to good and improving, but mostly on wax worms and red worms. A few catfish and carp from Sail Cove and the east end. Cats best on shrimp at dusk. Carp good on dough baits mornings and afternoons. The launch ramp remains open. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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: Largemouth, stripers, and bluegill are all fair to good, with the bluegill perhaps the best bet over the past week. The ëgills are moving through the spawn and showing in pretty good numbers on red worms, crickets, and nightcrawlers early in the morning, especially near reeds and inside of coves near structure in six to 18 feet of water. The Ramp 1 area across from the marina has been a hot spot. Roman Vasquez, Oceanside, had three bluegill with a 1.1-pounder his best fish, all caught on live crickets. The stripers are best near the dam and main lake points on shad, chicken liver, and anchovies. Jake Smythe Jr., Murrieta, landed a 10.2-pound striper on shad at the inlet, while David Reed, also Murrieta, had a 9.9-pounder on chicken liver, also at the inlet. The largemouth bite is best on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are 1-8 to two pounds, but some bigger. A few catfish are finally starting to show, mostly on cut baits off inside the main points and at the dam. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby will be 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The free event is for kids 15 and under and they must bring their own fishing gear. The event will be held out of La Laguna Resort and Boat Launch. Call the Lake Community Center for information or to register at 951-245-0442, No fishing report. 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 temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

May
12

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The boat launch reopens next Wednesday, May 18. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. There will also be pre-inspections 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. this weekend prior to the reopening of the ramp. As for fishing, the largemouth bass bite has been good with a lot of bass shallow in the shoreline areas, some still in spawn most, most post-spawn. Plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The bluegill and redear bites have both taken off with a lot of fish in the one-pound range. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets have all been good baits, and some fish are showing on micro jigs. The east dam has been the hot spot. The trout action is slowing down with the last plant in early April. Stripers are slow, but the best bite has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. 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 largemouth bass are still good. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water. Chris ViDas, Cathedral City, had a four-pound bass on a drop-shot Robo Worm. The bluegill and redear are also starting to make beds around the island, marina area, dam, and east end, and the bite is fair to good and improving, but mostly on wax worms and red worms. Trout slow with the most recent DFW plant three weeks ago. A few catfish and carp from Sail Cove and the east end. Cats best on shrimp at dusk. Carp good on dough baits mornings and afternoons. The launch ramp remains open. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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: Largemouth, stripers, and bluegill are all fair to good, with the bluegill perhaps the best bet over the past week. The ëgills are moving into the spawn and showing in pretty good numbers on red worms, crickets, and nightcrawlers early in the morning, especially near reeds and inside of coves near structure in six to 18 feet of water. The Ramp 1 area across from the marina has been a hot spot. Andrea Hunt, Redlands, had a 3-8 redear on a nightcrawler. The marina staff is going with this as a new lake record. George Metzger, Murrieta, had four bluegill to 1-8, all on wax worms. The stripers are best near the dam and main lake points on umbrella rigs, with some on cut baits. Brandon Tait, Temecula, had a five-pound striper top his day fishing anchovies at the inlet. The largemouth bite is best on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are 1-8 to two pounds, but some bigger. A few catfish are finally starting to show, mostly on cut baits off inside the main points and at the dam. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. For fishing information, call Williams Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. 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 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: Fulmor Lake and Strawberry Creek planted with DFW trout two weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.

May
05

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The boat launch reopens May 18. Private boats must be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. There will also be pre-inspections 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. the two weekends prior to the reopening of the ramp. As for fishing, the largemouth bass bite has been good with a lot of bass shallow in the shoreline areas, some still in spawn most, most post-spawn. Plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The bluegill and redear bites have both taken off with a lot of fish in the one-pound range. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets have all been good baits, and some fish are showing on micro jigs. The east dam has been the hot spot. The trout action is slowing down with the last plant in early April. Stripers are slow, but the best bite has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. 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 largemouth bass are still good but the spawn is about over. The action is best on plastic worms or Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water. Jon Lee, Riverside, had a 5-4 brass on a Brush Hawg, while Robert Jones, Banning, had three bass to 4-8 on a crawdad-like bait. The bluegill and redear are also starting to make beds around the island, marina area, dam, and east end, but the bite has been just fair with some real quality fish landed. Sam Chen, Chino Hills, had five bluegill to 1-7 on red worms off the face of the dam. Sonny delaTorre, San Bernardino, had a two-pound class bluegill on a small, homemade jig. Trout slow with the most recent DFW plant three weeks ago. A few catfish and carp from Sail Cove. The launch ramp remains open. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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: Largemouth, stripers, and bluegill are all fair to good. The ëgills are moving into the spawn and showing in pretty good numbers on red worms, crickets, and nightcrawlers early in the morning, especially near reeds and inside of coves near structure in six to 18 feet of water. Joe Sanchez, Temecula, landed a 1-3 bluegill on a live cricket off the south shore. The stripers are best near the dam and main lake points on umbrella rigs, with some on cut baits. Corey Valentina, Corona, had a 5-7 bass on chicken liver off the south shore. The largemouth bite is best on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are 1-8 to two pounds, but some bigger. John Lovely, Hemet, landed a 4-8 on a Rapala. A few catfish are finally starting to show, mostly on cut baits off inside the main points and at the dam. Trout are slow. Most recent DFW plant was three weeks ago. 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: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Apr
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RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been very good with a lot of bass shallow for the spawn in the shoreline areas. Plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The trout action has been fair to good after both Lassen and DFW plants two and four weeks ago. The shoreline around the marina, the launch ramp, and at both dams have been the best spots for the rainbows with spinners, small trout spoons, or Mice Tails top baits. K.C. Luniga, Hemet, had a 12.34-pound rainbow on a Roboworm near the east dam. Still light fishing pressure on the stripers, but a few fish are showing on swimbaits. The best striper action has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. A few big bluegill and redear are starting to show, most taken on nightcrawlers by bass anglers. Noah Guerrero, Hemet, landed a 3.99-pound redear on a nightcrawler near the east dam. No reports on other species. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. 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: Big news is the 36-pound striper caught by Ian Cube, Buena Park, on a Lunker Plunker this past week after the DFW trout plant last Friday. The largemouth bass are up into the shoreline areas for the spawn. The north shore, around the marina and launch ramp, and at the dam are the top areas. Plastic worms, Brush Hawgs, and nightcrawlers are the top bets. Mostly small males are showing right now, but a few bigger fish. Greg Barrbia, Perris, had five bass to four pounds fishing a Baby Brush Hawg. The bluegill and redear are also starting to make beds around the islands, marina area, dam, and east end. Top action on meal worms, red worms, and cricket-tipped jigs first thing in the morning, tougher the rest of the day. Jerry Tidwell, Riverside, had a 1-0 bluegill on a red worm at the island. Trout slow, but a DFW plant went in last week. A few catfish and carp from Sail Cove. No reports of other species. The launch ramp remains open. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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 largemouth bite has been very good with the fish up tight in the shallows, many still on beds. Lots of small males in the bite, but some bigger fish. The best action has been on white jigs, small plastics, or nightcrawlers. Chad White, Orange, landed an eight-pound bass on a nightcrawler. The striper bite has been fair to good at the inlet and dam area this week with a lot of fish to three pounds showing on cut baits, shad, swimbaits, and topwater. Some fish topping six pounds. Tim Michaelson, landed a 10-pound striper on chicken liver. The bluegill bite has been fair to good in eight to 10 feet of water in the Launch Ramp No. 1 area and across from the marina. Red worms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs tipped with bait have all been getting fish. A few catfish are finally starting to show, mostly on cut baits off inside the main points and at the dam. Doug Golec, Temecula, landed an 11-2 cat on mackerel at the inlet. Trout are slow. Most recent DFW plant was two weeks ago. 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: The lake is temporarily closed. 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 plant this week. 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 slated to get DFW trout this week. Information: 951-659-2117.