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 to good with the bite best on smaller fish on crickets, wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and nightcrawlers. A few one-pound class fish. Leticia Soto, 13, Hemet, landed a 1.29-pound bluegill on a nightcrawler. 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. 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. Top fish reported was a 6-5 caught by Andrew Reyes, Riverside, on a Senko, while Lance Ashby, Moreno Valley, landed a 5-9 on a drop-shot plastic around the marina docks. Chris Mitchell, Redlands, had three bass to four pounds on jerkbaits at the dam and marina areas. The bluegill and redear action remains fair to good in the east end, around the marina docks, and at the tire reef. The best bite has been on red worms, nightcrawlers, and crickets. A few catfish have been reported around the tire reef on mackerel, 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 fish are showing off Ramp No. 2 and at the dam, but the inlet has been the hot spot this week on lug worms, sardines and chicken liver in about 40 feet of water. The catfish bite is fair to good with quite a few fish topping five pounds but little fishing pressure. Best action on shrimp, chicken liver, mackerel, and sardines fished in Catfish Alley around rocks and tules. Chad Miller, Murrieta, had a 15-pound cat, while Robert Chavez, Corona, landed an 8-8 to top off his three-fish stringer. Bluegill and redear are slow to fair, but some quality fish continue to show for good anglers fishing small jigs or red worms along the north shore. Patrick Thomas, Oceanside, had two bluegill to 1-8 on wax worms in the marina area. 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 good with a lot of the fish from six to eight pounds with some bigger. 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: There continues to be a fair to good catfish bite. Mike Bradshaw, Riverside, caught 12 catfish totaling 40 pounds, with his best a six-pounder, and all on mackerel. Bob Frazier, Corona, caught five catfish totaling 17-8 using the marshmallow-meal worm combo soaked in Eagle Claw gravy at the boat dock. Richard Johnson, Temecula, had the best fish of the week at 11-4 on fresh shrimp. The fourth qualifying tournament for the 2014 Slay Fest Championship will August 9. 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 action has been fair with most diligent anglers getting at least a fish or two. Most are two to three pounds and the best bite has been on hot dogs, mackerel, and velveeta cheese. Dominic Schrader, Redlands, had a 3-14 cat on mackerel. 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.