DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been fair with some flurries of good topwater action early and late in the day. Most of the fish are two to four pounds and showing in 25 to 35 feet of water on drop-shot plastics in purple, brown, or pink. Senkos and Creature Baits are also good bets. The striper bite has been very tough this past week with only a few fish showing on bluegill-like swimbaits on top or trolled flies. Catfish are fair to good but getting little fishing pressure. Cut baits off the mail lake points and mouths of the bays and coves have been the best bet. Most are quality fish from four to six pounds with some bigger. The bluegill and redear action is fair with the bite best on smaller fish on crickets, wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and nightcrawlers. A few one-pound class fish. Boats inspected and tagged ìquagga freeî at Diamond Valley are also allowed on Perris and Silverwood. 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 action was good this past week with fish showing all over the lake, mostly chasing shad that are running along the shorelines. The topwater bite has been good in the mornings, and plastics and reaction baits the best in the evenings. The mid-day bite is pretty tough, however, with the fish sounding down into 20 to 30 feet of water. Quincy Doe, Perris, had a 3-8 bass on a topwater in the marina. The bluegill and redear action remains fair in the east end, around the marina docks, and at the tire reef. The best bite has been on red worms, meal worms, nightcrawlers, and crickets, but the weed beds are getting thick and hampering fishing. A few catfish have been reported around the tire reef on mackerel and fresh bonito, but the crappie and trout have been no-shows this past week. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.
SKINNER: The striper bite is fair to good on two to five pound class fish, but few bigger fish this past week. The best action has been at the inlet where the water has been flowing. Llug worms, sardines, mackerel, shad, and chicken liver are the top baits. The catfish bite is good with quite a few fish topping five pounds. Best action on shrimp, chicken liver, mackerel, and sardines fished in Catfish Alley around rocks and tules. James Harris, Lake Elsinore, had a nine-pound cat on cut mackerel. There will be a catfish plant this Friday. Bluegill and redear are slow, but an occasional quality fish continues to pop. The largemouth bite also remains fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits, and there has been some topwater action. Carp are very good on dough baits, and most are in less than 10 feet of water. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.
ELSINORE: The catfish bite remains very good with most fish running from two to eight pounds. Cut baits working the best. The carp bite is fair to good on dough baits or corn. The bite on bass, crappie, and bluegill, is slow and there have been no wiper reports. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: Good catfish action with a lot of quality limits showing for anglers fishing mackerel, shrimp, and chicken liver. Corona is being planted twice a week with both catfish and tilapia. There is also night fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Information: 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.
RANCHO JURUPA: No recent plants. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Catfish plant slated for Friday this week in time for the holiday weekend. The catfish action has slowed way down before the plant, but Juan Flores, Mira Loma, had two cats to 3-8 on garlic worms. The bass remain fair and are catch-and-release only. Lots of two-pound class fish on topwater, reaction baits, and plastic worms early and late in the day. Bluegill fair to good, but most small. Information: 909-795-0171.
LITTLE LAKE: No recent plants. Information: 530-526-7937.
REFLECTION LAKE: No report. Information: 951-654-7906 or www.reflectionlakerv.com.
JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: Catfish action has been good. Anchovies have been the top bait, but the mackerel and nightcrawlers are also good. The lake is now open seven days a week. Monday through Thursday hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Friday through Sunday hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. No catch and release allowed. No state fishing license required. Information: 951-679-6562.