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Nov
16

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The first trout plant of the season was slated to go in Thursday this week — a stock of 4,000 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows. The striped bass bite continues to improve for anglers trolling flies or other shad-like lures and casting swimbaits, and the trout plant should bring up some big fish. The stripers have been showing at the inlet-outlet tower and along the west dam. The marina will be giving away a free annual pass for the biggest striped bass weighed in at the marina in November. The leader in this little competition is a 17.26-pound striper landed by Ly Thuy. The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair, but slowing. The largemouth bass are steady still showing cranks and swimbaits morings, but on drop-shot plastics in deeper water the rest of the day. 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 with little pressures. Best bite 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 bite slowed for the second week in a row with mostly slow action on the bass, bluegill, and redear, and even worse action on other species. There is a slow to fair bite on small bass off the backside of the island and around the marina, mostly on plastics and nightcrawlers. Kenneth Thompson, Hemet, caught a four-pound bass off the marina dock on a nightcrawler. The redear and bluegill have become very spotty off the marina dock and the backside of the island, the Tire Reef, and at the dam. No catfish, carp, or striper reports this week, and there is no word on when trout plants will start from DFW. 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 first trout plant of the season was Nov. 8 and the next plant will be Nov. 22. The bite for the rainbows was fair over the weekend, but has slowed since as the fish get caught and disperse. The catfish bite is still the highlight of the fishing here, with fair to good this past week at the dam/inlet area, Catfish Alley, and around both launch ramps. Best baits continue to be cut baits (chicken liver, sardines, anchovies). Frank Gomez, Temecula, had an 11.7-pound catfish from Catfish Alley on chicken liver and anchovies. The striper bite has been fair with a decent bite in the morning and late afternoon at the dam and along the north shore. Still some topwater, but most fish showing on cut baits or shad. The largemouth bite remains fair on plastics, cranks, and some on topwater, especially in the Ramp No. 1 area and along the north shore. An eight-pound largemouth was caught by Andrew Martinez, Oceanside, on a nightcrawler off the north shore. The bluegill bite is slow with only a few fish showing along the north 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: First trout plant of the season was this past week, and trout to three pounds have been caught, including a $50-tagged fish. Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Oct
26

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair to good. The bass are steady on topwater, cranks, swimbaits, and drop-shot plastics. 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 improving each week, and there is now a pretty good bite on the schoolie-sized fish (up to five pounds) along with a few bigger fish over 10 pounds. The best action has been for fly-trollers or for anglers tossing swimbaits. Trout stocking season expected to begin in early November. 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 redear bite is really starting to take off and there have been some real pigs reported in the past week, both from the marina docks. The biggest one was a three-pounder landed by Chris Benito, Moreno Valley, on a small swimbait, while Spencer Davenport, Moreno Valley, landed a 2.5-pounder on a nightcrawler-meal worm combination. The top spots for the redear and bluegill have been the marina docks and the backside off the island, the Tire Reef, and at the dam for boat anglers. The bass bite is also good, but most of the fish are small and showing on everything from nightcrawlers to swimbaits to even topwater. The bite is pretty much all around the lake. No stripers this week, but a few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end and Sail Cove. 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 been very good over the past week with a lot of quality fish in the catch. Top spots have been the dam/inlet area, the north shoreline, the coves in the east end, and all around the launch ramp. Best baits continue to be cut baits (chicken liver, sardines, anchovies). Dustin Miller, Temecula, landed three cats and his best fish was a 10.2-pounder, all on mackerel from an east end cove. Matthew Gonzales, Lake Elsinore, had a 10-pound cat on chicken liver along the north shoreline at mid-lake. The striper bite came back on this past week during the new moon with pretty good action at the dam-inlet area on reaction baits and topwater, and some also on cut baits. While most are smaller fish, an 8.8-pounder was landed by Billy Swanye, Temecula, on shad at the inlet. The largemouth bite remains fair on plastics, cranks, and some on topwater. The bluegill bite is slow, except for a fair bite on small fish at the marina and along the north shore. Wax worms, crickets, and meal worms have been top baits. Carp are getting little pressure and the bite is slow to fair 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 at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent trout plants and few 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: No recent DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Catfish action is good. Catfish plants are weekly. Trout season expected to begin later this month or early November. 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. No information on trout season available yet. 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/.

Sep
28

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair and improving. The bass are steady with fair to good action on topwater, cranks, swimbaits, and drop-shot plastics. 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, but there were 30 and 31-pound catfish caught this week. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. Striped bass have been slow to fair with a few are showing for fly-trollers and on swimbaits. 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. 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, Sail Cove, and off the docks. Red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits. No big panfish this week, but lots of pan-sized fish. John Meyers, Hemet, had six bluegill to 10 ounces on meal worms and crickets off the dock. The bass are fair and improving, mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with most 1-0 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. Ken Bishop, Menifee, had a 17-pound carp on a worm near the dam. 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 was set for Friday this week. Top cat reported this week was a13.2-pounder landed by Moose Sanchez, Menifee, on mackerel at the spillway. Jennifer Smalls, Compton, landed six catfish to 10.5 pounds on anchovies from the east end. Al Santiago Jr., Temecula, had a 10-pound cat near Ramp No. 2 on anchovies. 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. The bluegill bite is slow, except for a fiaqr bite on small 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 at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Sep
21

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

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 at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Sep
14

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair. The bass are steady with good action on topwater, cranks, and swimbaits early in the morning, and a lot of 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, 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 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: Overall slow to fair fishing this past week. Some improvement in the last day or two. The bluegill bite has been the best bet morning and evening. Top spots for the ëgills have been 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. Matthew Jones, Menifee, had a one-pound redear on a nightcrawler piece at the west corner of the dam. 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. 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. Top cat this week was a 10.2-pounder landed by Mario Maritino, Menifee, on sardines off the south shore. Tiffany Connell, Chula Vista, landed a 9.2-pounder on mackerel. 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. Phil Yang Chung, Hemet, had a nine-pound striper on a shad at the inlet. 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 at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Aug
24

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair to good. The bass are steady with good action on topwater, cranks, and swimbaits early in the morning, and a lot of fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. The bluegill are running up to a pounds and they have been best on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits, 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 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: The marina was closed for four days this week due to not having power. The bluegill bite has been the best bet, and the best action has been morning and evening. A few redear, bass, and catfish, but the bluegill are providing the best action. Top spots for the ëgills have been the outside edges of the weed beds, especially off the island, lots 11 and 12, and Sail Cove. Also some fish off the marina docks. Red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits. Scott Johnson, Temecula, landed a half-pound bluegill off the marina dock on redworms. The bass are mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with most 1-8 to 2-8. Marcus Anderson, Moreno Valley, had a pair of bass to three pounds on Senkos from shore near the launch ramps. A few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. David Turner, Corona, landed a 10-pounder on a dough bait. 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 been good and there was a county catfish plant last Friday (Aug. 18). The catfish bite has been best on cut baits along Catfish Alley, at Ramp No. 2, and all along the south shore coves, especially near the tules. A 12-pound catfish was landed by John Mallory, Murrieta, fishing anchovies in Catfish Alley. Santi Cherry, Lake Elsinore, had a stringer of three catfish and the big one was 9.2 pounds. All were caught on cut mackerel in the cove near Ramp No. 2. The largemouth bite has been fair with most of the fish on plastics and some on topwater. Jake Muthu, Riverside, landed a 3 1/2-pound bass on a plastic off the north shore. The stripers remain fair with early morning and late evening boils on shad, especially at the inlet (water has been coming in this week) and buoy line, but most fish are showing in deep water on sardines or chicken liver, but more this week on swimbaits and umbrella rigs. 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 at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent trout plants and few reports. There is a pretty good bite on small bluegill and bullheads. 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 DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Aug
10

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair to good. The bass are steady with good action on topwater baits early in the morning, and a lot of fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. The bluegill are running up to a pounds and they have been best on 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 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. 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 bite has been the best bet, and the best action has been morning and evening. A few redear, bass, and catfish, but the bluegill are providing the best action. Top spots for the ëgills have been the outside edges of the weed beds, especially off the island, lots 11 and 12, and Sail Cove. Red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits. The bass are 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. Kenneth Scott, San Jacinto, had a 1.34-pound redear on red worms off the marina docks. 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 been good, while the largemouth and striper bites remain just fair. The catfish bite has been best on cut baits along Catfish Alley, at Ramp No. 2, and all along the south shore coves, especially near the tules. There was also a county catfish plant last week. Top catfish reported this past week was a 9.2-pounder landed by Sherry O’Connell, Lake Elsinore, on cut mackerel. Jackie Ryley, Oceanside, had an 8.5-pounder on anchovies. The stripers remain fair with early morning and late evening boils on shad, especially at the inlet and buoy line, but most fish are showing in deep water on sardines or chicken liver. The largemouth bass bite has been fair with some topwater early on frogs or other surface baits, and then on plastics. Justin Swift, Murrieta, landed a 3.4-pounder on a plastic. The bluegill bite is slow to fair, with mostly on 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 at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Jul
20

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Both the bluegill and largemouth bites are good here. The bass are steady with good action on topwater baits early in the morning, and a lot of fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. A lot of anglers reporting 10- to 25-fish stringers of bluegill and/or redear 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 catfish bite is slow to fair with little pressures. Best bite 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: Both the panfish and largemouth bites continue to be fair to good, especially early and late in the day. The bass are mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with a lot of fish topping four pounds but most 1-8 to 2-8. The outside edges of weed beds have been the top spots. Sheila Rutherford, Nuevo, had a 4-3 bass off the marina docks. The bluegill and redear bites are good, with the best action still east of the island, along the dam, lots 11 and 12, and off the marina docks. Lots of weed beds to deal with, but the bite is good early and late in the day. Crickets, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms are all getting fish. John Baker, Menfee, had seven bluegill and his top fish was a 1-6, all on wax worms off the marina docks. A few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Also a few catfish reports this week on the north shore on cut baits and nightcrawlers. Matthews Trempe, Perris, had a 15-pounder on a nightcrawler. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. 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 been good, while the largemouth and striper bites remains pretty fair. The catfish bite has been best on cut baits at Ramp No. 2, along the south shore, and in Catfish Alley. Annette Salas, Pico Rivera, had a 10.1-pound catfish on mackerel at Ramp No. 2. Christopher Smith, Laguna Niguel, landed a 9.4-pound catfish on chicken liver, also near Ramp No. 2. The stripers remain fair to good with early morning and late evening boils on shad, especially at the inlet and buoy line. Ricky Sanchez, Murrieta, had a 9.1-pound striper on a jerk bait at the inlet. The largemouth bass bite has been fair with some topwater early on frogs or other surface baits. The bluegill bite is mostly on smaller fish around reeds and other cover, and it has been fair at best. 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: 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 at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

 

Jul
13

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Both the bluegill and largemouth bites are very good here. The bass have remain steady with good action on topwater baits, and a lot of fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. A lot of anglers reporting 10- to 25-fish stringers of bluegill and/or redear 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 catfish bite is slow to fair with little pressures. Best bite 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: Both the panfish and largemouth bites continue to be fair to good, especially early and late in the day. The bass are mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with a lot of fish topping four pounds but most 1-8 to 2-8. A 5-2 was caught by Dan Wheeler, Hemet on a nightcrawler east of the island, while Christopher Benito, Moreno Valley, landed a 4-6 bass on a Senko off the marina dock. The bluegill and redear bites are good, with the best action still east of the island and along the dam, but fish are also showing throughout the east end and along lots 11 and 12. Crickets, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms are all getting fish. A few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Also a few catfish reports this week on the north shore on cut baits. Christopher Brown, Moreno Valley, landed a 25-pound catfish off the marina docks. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. 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 been good, while the largemouth and striper bites remains pretty fair. The catfish bite has been best on cut baits at Ramp No. 2, along the south shore, and in Catfish Alley. Emmitt Smith, Winchester, had a 12-2 catfish at Ramp No. 2, while Tony Manella, Winchester, had a 10-pound cat on chicken liver fishing the south shoreline. The stripers remain fair to good with early morning and late evening boils on shad, especially at the inlet and buoy line. The largemouth bass bite has been fair with some topwater early on frogs or other surface baits. Bryan White, Mira Loma, had a 5-1 largemouth on a Robo Worm off the south shore. The bluegill bite is mostly on smaller fish around reeds and other cover, and it has been fair at best. 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: 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 at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Jun
29

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Both the bluegill and largemouth bites are very good here. The bass have really started to break open, especially on topwater baits, and a lot of fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. A lot of anglers reporting 10- to 25-fish stringers of bluegill and/or redear 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. Victor Pardo, Corona, caught a dozen bluegill that weighed a total of 11.32 pounds using jigs fishing off the bank. The catfish bite is slow to fair with little pressures. Best bite 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: Both the panfish and largemouth bites continue to be fair to good, especially early and late in the day. The bass are mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with a lot of fish topping four pounds but most 1-8 to 2-8. Robert Hodges, Riverside, had three bass to 5-5 on Robo Worms. The bluegill and redear bites are good, with the best action still east of the island and along the dam, but fish are also showing throughout the east end and along lots 11 and 12. Crickets, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms are all getting fish. William Smith, San Jacinto, had a mixed stringer of 12 redear and bluegill to 2-1 fishing crickets off the marina docks. Lee Ching, Chino Hills, had nine of the panfish and his top with was a 1-9. He was fishing east of the island with meal worms and wax worms. A few carp are showing 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 lake was closed Tuesday this week for a bluestone application to kill blue-green algae. This usually hammers the bite for a number of days. The best action has been on catfish with a recent stock, but good action on holdover fish, too. The best bite has been in Catfish Alley, but the east end and dam areas are also pretty good. Chicken liver and anchovies have been the top baits. Donald Lee Yang, Winchester, had a 10-2 catfish on anchovies near Ramp No. 2. Stephany Bale, Murrieta, landed three catfish to 9-4 on anchovies in the East Bay. The stripers and largemouth have been fair to good on topwater and swimbaits early in the day. The stripers have been best at the dam and inlet, while the largemouths are best in the east end. A 7-6 striper was caught by Boone Sanchez, Temecula, at the inlet on a nightcrawler. The bluegill bite is mostly on smaller fish around reeds and other cover, and it has been fair at best. 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: 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 at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plants last week and three 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 last week and three weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.

Jun
08

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

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.

ORANGE COUNTY

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/.

Jun
01

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite is fair to good on Senkos, Ikas, small jigs, and drop-shot plastics with the fish still in eight to 25 feet of water with a lot of fish to five or six pounds. The bluegill bite has been good, with most fish in less than 15 feet of water and showing on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The dam ladders are the top spots. Catfish are showing in fair to good numbers, mostly at the dams and in most coves on frozen anchovies or mackerel. The striper bite has been slow, but some fish are still showing on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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. Mario Gonzales, Riverside, had a mixed stringer of 12 bluegill and redear to 1-11 on red worms and nightcrawlers. Daniel Smith, Moreno Valley, had nine bluegill to 1-9. 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 has broken open with good action over the holiday weekend and lots of nice fish reported. Tops was a 9.9-pounder caught by Mark Vasquez, Riverside, fishing chicken liver at the inlet. Corey Kalota, Ontario, landed a 6.8-poudner at Ramp No. 2 on anchovies. 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 live. The inlet and mid-lake points have been the best spots. Michael Sanders, Menifee, landed an 8.2-pound striper on anchovies mid-lake. 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 hasn’t really recovered since the bluestone application three weeks ago, but some fish are starting to show again at the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. 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.

May
25

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite is fair to good on Senkos, Ikas, small jigs, and drop-shot plastics with the fish still in eight to 25 feet of water with a lot of fish to five or six pounds. The bluegill bite has been good, with most fish in less than 15 feet of water and showing on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The dam ladders are the top spots. Catfish are showing in fair to good numbers, mostly at the dams and in most coves on frozen anchovies or mackerel. The striper bite has been slow, but some fish are still showing on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 fair to 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. No limits reported, but some nice stringers of quality fish. Travis Walker, San Jacinto, had seven bluegill and redear to 1.9 pounds on red worms around the island, while Justin Long, Moreno Valley, had six bluegill and redear to 1.6 pounds on nightcrawlers and red worms off the marina docks. 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. Roger Gonzalez, Riverside, had three bass to 4.2 pounds on drop-shot Robo Worms in the southeast end of the lake. 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 first catfish plant of the season was May 12, and the catfish bite has been fair to good. Most anglers are using chicken liver, anchovies, or Gulp! catfish bait in the Ramp No. 2 area. The dam area and most coves are producing cats now. Greg Rivas, Moreno Valley, landed a 6.3-pound catfish on mackerel off the south shoreline, while Zack Myers, San Diego, had a 4.7-pounder at ramp No. 2 on a nigthcrawler. Stripers are also pretty fair with some better fish starting to show on umbrella rigs, topwater baits, and even nightcrawlers. The east end and the inlet are the top spots. The largemouth bite is also pretty 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. Wendy Zuckerman, San Dimas, landed a 5.2-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler in the east end. The bluegill bite hasn’t really recovered since the bluestone application two weeks ago, but some fish are starting to show again at the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. 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 thanks to recent rains and runoff, 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.

May
11

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite is picking back up and some quality fish are coming in. The best action has been on Senkos, Ikas, small jigs, and drop-shot plastics with the fish still in just eight to 25 feet of water. Lost of fish to five pounds. The final trout plant of the season, 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows, went in three weeks ago. The action has been slow to fair with most of the fish being landed showing near the marina. The bluegill bite has been improving with very good action in the shallows (less than 15 feet of water) and showing in good numbers on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The dam ladders are the top spots. Catfish are showing in fair to good numbers, mostly at the dams and in most coves on frozen anchovies or mackerel. The striper bite has been slow, but some fish are still showing on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 breaking wide open with a lot of fish on beds spawning now, but the cold front has stalled the bite. Many fish in less than eight feet of water, and the action is best on small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. Jonny Gonzalez, Moreno Valley, had eight redear to 1.6 pounds at Lots 11 and 12 on meal worms and nightcrawlers. Milton Long, Palm Desert, had a two-pound redear fishing off the dock with nightcrawlers. The largemouth bass bite has slowed to just fair with most of the fish in less than 20 feet of water, but the spawn is pretty much over. The best bite is on plastics and reaction baits. Warren Taylor, San Bernardino, landed a 5.4-pound bass on a finesse plastic off the east shoreline. It was the best of three fish he landed. Trout are slow, but a few are showing on the north side of the lake after the DFW plant three weeks ago. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics. No other reports. Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and on schedule 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 lake was bluestoned (copper sulfate is used to kill blue-green algae) last week and this really slowed most of the bites. The best bites have been for catfish and largemouth. The cats have been best on chicken liver, anchovies, or mackerel at Ramp No. 1, across from the marina, and along the north shore. Timmy Umatham, Temecula, had an 8.2-pound cat on anchovies at Ramp No. 2. Frank Santiago, Jr., San Diego, had a 6.9-pound cat, also on anchovies, but off the south shore. Most of the bass are showing on The most fish are being landed on plastics, Flukes, or jigs in less than 15 feet of water all around the lake. The striper bite is fair at the inlet, mid-lake, and Ramp 2 areas. Swimbaits and cut baits are both getting fish, but jigging spoons and even some topwater baits have produced. The bluegill bite was really turning on before the copper sulfate was applied last week, but the bite has stalled and has been slow. The buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. 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 thanks to recent rains and runoff, 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.

Apr
20

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The final trout plant of the season, 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows, went in this week. There was also a plant five weeks ago. The action has been good since the plant Tuesday, and the marina area has been the top spot. The largemouth bass bite is very good with spawning fish still mostly shallow. Most of the fish are up in less than 15 feet of water and many are in two to three feet of water. Most are smaller fish to three pounds, with a few bigger fish are showing now. The bluegill bite is also improving with the fish moving into less than 15 feet of water and showing on wax worms, meal worms, and crickets. The dam ladders are the top spots. The striper bite has been slow, but some fish are still showing on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 bite is good with the fish mostly in shallow water as the spawn tails off. The best bite is on small plastics, jigs, and reaction baits. While the bass are showing around the lake, the east end and around the island have been the best spots. The bluegill and redear bites are just starting with most of the fish in four to 20 feet of water and moving shallower. Most are taking small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. Trout are fair on the north side of the lake and a DFW plant is slated for this week and there was a plant two weeks ago. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics. No other reports. Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and on schedule 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 largemouth bass bite has broken wide open with fish in the shallows for the spawn. The fish are showing all around the lake on plastics and jigs in less than eight feet of water. Also some quality fish being landed. A 9.9-pounder was caught by Timothy Knolls, Pico Rivera, on a nightcrawler off the north shore. Brady Santiago, Rialo, landed an 8.9-pounder, also on a nightcrawler, across from the marina. Final county trout plant of the season was four weeks ago, but DFW fish went in last week and two weeks ago. The bite is slow to fair in the Ramp 2 area on inflated nightcrawlers and PowerBait. The bluegill bite also started to improve with fair to good action as the fish move up shallower for the spawn. The buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. The striper bite is also fair to good at the inlet, mid-lake, and Ramp 2 areas. Swimbaits and cut baits are both getting fish, but jigging spoons and even some topwater baits have produced. The catfish action has slow with only a few fish showing in the east end, at the buoy line, inlet, and mid-lake. Most are being caught on cut baits with garlic shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel the best bets. There was a 23-pounder reported but the angler left without leaving a name. Patt Michaelson, Temecula, landed a 10.2-pound cat on a piece of chicken liver at the inlet. Lake Skinner is currently 72 percent of capacity. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No reports. 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 thanks to recent rains and runoff, 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.