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Dec
01

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The lake was planted with 3,500-pound of Mt. Lassen rainbows two weeks ago, and the bite in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the marina has been slow to fair on one to two-pound trout. The largemouth bass bite has continued fair to good, with mostly two to three-pound fish in the bite. The best action is on plastics fished drop-shot style or Carolina-rigged in less than 20 feet of water around flooded structure. A few bigger fish are mostly in 30 to 40 feet of water. The water level continues to come up. The striped bass action has been fair with a decent number of smaller fish showing on trolled flies or cast cranks and swimbaits. Few catfish or bluegill reports. 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 carp bite continues to get a lot of attention here with some big fish showing on homemade dough baits. The bite has been good all along the north shore from Sail Cove to the launch ramps. Sheldon Lewis, Moreno Valley, had 27 carp over two days with his best at 13-8, all on homemade dough bait. Andy Chow, Diamond Bar, landed a 20-7 carp on corn bait off the marina docks. The largemouth bass also remain fair on plastic worms. Senkos, and lipless cranks along the weed lines all around the lake. The dam and outlets have been the hots spots and while most fish are three pounds or under, there have been some better fish reported. Tops this week was a 6-2 landed by Earl Johnson, Menifee, near the dam on a lipless crank. It was the best of three fish he landed. The bluegill and redear bites are also still fair. Bluegill anglers are seeing the best action off the dam and west of the islands in 15 to 25 feet of water with wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets. The redear are starting to show off the marina docks. Few reports on other species with no DFW trout plants yet this season. 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: First 600-pound county trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago and the next 600-pound stock was slated to go in Wednesday this week. No DFW plants yet. Overall, the trout bite remains slow with only a few reported from the east end. Most of the action on other species has slowed down, but the trout plant should cause some bigger stripers to come up. The catfish action has also been fair at the buoy line, inlet, Ramp No. 2, and Catfish Alley on chicken liver and mackerel. The largemouth bass bite slowed down, but some fish are still showing along the south shorelines on reaction baits and plastics. Lots of two-pound class fish. The bluegill bite has been slow to fair with a few still showing along the south side of the lake or at the inlet. Best action has been on crickets, meal worms, red worms, and small jigs. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing information. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, ackle, 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.

Nov
24

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The lake was planted with 3,500-pound of Mt. Lassen rainbows last Tuesday and the bite in in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the marina and for boat anglers has been fair to good with a lot of one to two-pound trout. The largemouth bass bite has continued fair to good, with mostly two to three-pound fish in the bite. The best action is on plastics fished drop-shot style or Carolina-rigged in less than 20 feet of water around flooded structure. A few bigger fish are mostly in 30 to 40 feet of water. The water level continues to come up. The striped bass action has been fair with a decent number of smaller fish showing on trolled flies or cast cranks and swimbaits. Most are under four pounds, but Aaron Copado landed a 20-pounder on a trout swimbait while fishing from shore. Few catfish or bluegill reports, but Isahiah Espinoza landed an 11.94-pound catfish on anchovies from shore. 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 carp bite really turned on this week with fish to 18 pounds reported. Most of the fish are showing on home-made dough baits, and the bite has been good all along the north shore from Sail Cove to the launch ramps. Brandon Lewis, Moreno Valley, had three carp to 11-2 on dough baits in Sail Cove. The largemouth bass also remain fair on plastic worms. Senkos, and lipless cranks along the weed lines all around the lake. The dam and outlets have been the hots spots and while most fish are three pounds or under, there have been some better fish reported. Tops this week was a 5-7 landed by Zach Norris, Perris, while fishing plastic worms at the dam. It was the best of eight fish he landed. The bluegill and redear bites are also still fair. Bluegill anglers are seeing the best action off the dam and west of the islands in 15 to 25 feet of water with wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets. The redear are starting to show off the marina docks. Few reports on other species with no DFW trout plants yet this season. 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: First 600-pound county trout plant of the season went in last week and the next stock is slated for next week. No DFW plants yet. Overall, the trout bite remains slow. Most of the other bites have also slowed down, but the trout plant sparked a little flurry of striper action on swimbaits that look like trout or shad. Justin Edward Sanchez, Murietta, caught a striper at 7-1 on an umbrella rig. The catfish action has also been fair at the buoy line, inlet, Ramp No. 2, and Catfish Alley on chicken liver and mackerel. Sammy Permist, Chino Hills, landed a 9.7-pound cat on chicken liver in the Ramp No. 2 area. The largemouth bass bite slowed down, but some fish are still showing along the south shorelines on reaction baits and plastics. Lots of two-pound class fish. The bluegill bite has been slow to fair with a few still showing along the south side of the lake or at the inlet. Best action has been on crickets, meal worms, red worms, and small jigs. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing information. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, ackle, 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.

Nov
03

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has continued fair to good, with more and more fish topping three pounds reported this past week. The bite is best on plastics fished drop-shot style or Carolina-rigged in less than 20 feet of water around flooded structure. A few bigger fish are mostly in 30 to 40 feet of water. The water level continues to come up and a lot of smaller fish are prowling the newly flooded brush. The striped bass action has improved again over the last week with a decent number of smaller fish showing on trolled flies or cast cranks and swimbaits. Most are under four pounds. The bluegill bite is still good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. The channel catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the channels. 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 continue to show in pretty good numbers for anglers fishing off the dam and west of the islands from boats in 15 to 25 feet of water with wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets. Paul Mitchell, Moreno Valley, had 13 redear and bluegill to 2.2 pounds on meal worms and wax worms. The largemouth bass are fair to good on plastic worms and lipless cranks along the weed lines all around the lake. The dam and outlets have been the hots spots. Top fish this week was a 6.3-pounder caught by Mike Walters, Chino Hills. He had six fish on cranks and topwater near the outlet. The catfish bite has continued for anglers fishing cut baits off the points around the marina and launch ramps. 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: Overall the bite remains pretty fair, but light fishing pressure. The stripers are on the move with the best action at Ramp No. 2 this week and more fish showing in 30 to 40 feet of water on trolled lures and cut baits. The largemouth bass are showing in fair numbers on cranks early and late in the day, and plastics the rest of the time. Catfish has been at launch Nos. 1 and 2, at the dam, the inlet, and more fish showing in the east end, fair action. Most anglers are fishing cut baits. The bluegill bite has been fair along the south side of the lake or at the buoy line. Best action has been on crickets, meal worms, red worms, and small jigs. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing information. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, ackle, 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.

Oct
28

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has continued fair to good, with more and more fish topping three pounds reported this past week. The bite is best on plastics fished drop-shot style or Carolina-rigged in less than 20 feet of water around flooded structure. A few bigger fish are mostly in 30 to 40 feet of water. The water level continues to come up and a lot of smaller fish are prowling the newly flooded brush. The striped bass action has improved again over the last week with a decent number of smaller fish showing on trolled flies or cast cranks and swimbaits. Most are under four pounds. The bluegill bite is still good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. The channel catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the channels. 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 continue to show in pretty good numbers for anglers fishing off the dam from boats in 15 to 25 feet of water with wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets. The afternoon and evening bite has been best this week. Sonny de la Torre, Riverside, whacked ëem for the second week in a row. This time he had 21 bluegill and redear to 1.6 pounds fishing west of the island with jigs and meal worms. The largemouth bass are fair to good on plastic worms and lipless cranks. The dam and outlets have been the hots spots. Nate Dray, Riverside, had a 4.2-pound bass on a Senko at the marina docks. The catfish bite has continued for anglers fishing cut baits off the points around the marina and launch ramps. Randall Long, Banning, landed a 13.4-pounder this past weekend. 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: Overall the bite remains pretty fair, but light fishing pressure. Catfish are still probably the best bet. The best action has been at launch Nos. 1 and 2, at the dam, the inlet, and more fish showing in the east end. Most anglers are fishing cut baits. The bluegill bite has been fair along the south side of the lake or at the buoy line. Best action has been on crickets, meal worms, red worms, and small jigs. Curtis Mathewson, Pomona, had four bluegill to 1.2 pounds on chicken liver off the south shore. The stripers are on the move with the best action at Ramp No. 2 this week and more fish showing in 30 to 40 feet of water on trolled lures and cut baits. The largemouth bass are showing in fair numbers on cranks early and late in the day, and plastics the rest of the time. Fletcher Morris, Temecula, had a 3-8 largemouth on a plastic off the south shore. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing information. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, ackle, 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 trout plants. 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.

Oct
13

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite perked from last week with good action, but most of the fish are less than two pounds. The bite is best on plastics fished drop-shot style or Carolina-rigged in less than 15 feet of water around flooded structure. A few bigger fish are mostly in 30 to 40 feet of water. The water level continues to come up and a lot of smaller fish are prowling the newly flooded brush. The striped bass action has improved again over the last week with a decent number of smaller fish showing on trolled flies or cast cranks and swimbaits. Most are under four pounds. The bluegill bite is still good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. The channel catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the channels. Thomas Kaltenbach, Hemet, caught a 13.37-pound catfish using shrimp. 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 continue to show in pretty good numbers for anglers fishing off the dam from boats in 15 to 20 feet of water with wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets. Frank Lewis, Escondido, landed 11 bluegill to 1.9 pounds fishing meal worms at the dam. The largemouth bass are fair to good on plastic worms and cranks, and the afternoon bite was the best this past week. The dam has been the top spot, but fish are also showing at the outlet tower along the whole south shoreline. Logan Hunt, Moreno Valley, had a 4.2-pound bass off the marina docks on a plastic worm. The catfish bite has continued for anglers fishing cut baits off the points around the marina and launch ramps. Tops this past week was a six-pounder landed by Heather Young, Hemet, from Sail Cove on a nightcrawlers. 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: Lighter fishing pressure in the past couple of weeks, but overall the bite remains pretty fair. Catfish are still probably the best bet. There was s stock of catfish Sept. 30, and the fish are showing at the launch No. 2, at the dam, with the bigger fish at the inlet. Most anglers are fishing cut baits. Valerie Johnson, Corona, had a five-pound cat on chicken liver at the inlet. The bluegill bite has been fair along the south side of the lake, especially near Ramp No. 2, but the fish are showing around much of the lake now, including the inlet. Best action has been on crickets, meal worms, red worms, and small jigs, but some are also showing on chicken liver. Gus Stefflenson, Hemet, landed a 1.4-pound bluegill on chicken liver at the buoy line. The stripers are on the move with the best action at Ramp No. 2 this week and more fish showing in 30 to 40 feet of water on trolled lures and cut baits. The largemouth bass are showing in fair numbers on cranks early and late in the day, and plastics the rest of the time. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing information. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, ackle, 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.

Oct
06

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite remains fair to good, but most of the fish are under 14 inches right now. The fish are showing on plastics fished drop-shot style or Carolina-rigged. The bigger fish are mostly in 30 to 40 feet of water. The water level continues to come up and a lot of smaller fish are prowling the newly flooded brush. The striped bass action has improved over the last week with a decent number of smaller fish showing on trolled flies or cast cranks and swimbaits. Most are under four pounds. The bluegill bite is still good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. The channel catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the channels. A few flatheads on swimbaits at the dams. 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: There has been a surprising bite on catfish for anglers fishing cut baits off the points around the marina and launch ramps. Cut baits have been the best and some quality fish are being landed. Tops this past week was a 23.8-pounder caught by Quincy Randall, Perris, fishing off the marina docks with mackerel. The bluegill and redear continue to show in pretty good numbers for anglers fishing off the dam from boats in 15 to 20 feet of water with wax worms, meal worms and crickets. Michael Lewis, Colton, had a mixed stringer of 18 panfish up to 2.1 pounds using a mix of wax worms and meal worms. The largemouth bass are fair to good mornings and evenings on topwater, and plastic worms. The dam has been the top spot, but fish are also showing at the outlet tower along the whole south shoreline. Andrew McDonalds, Banning, had four bass to 5.4 pounds on Senkos at the outlet. 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: Lighter fishing pressure in the past couple of weeks, but overall the bite remains pretty fair. Catfish are still probably the best bet. There was s stock of catfish Sept. 30, and the fish are showing at the launch No. 2, at the dam, with the bigger fish at the inlet. Most anglers are fishing cut baits. Jaime Rodriguez, Homeland, had five catfish to 13 pounds on chicken liver at the buoy line. The bluegill bite has been fair along the south side of the lake, especially near Ramp No. 2, but the fish are showing around much of the lake now, including the inlet. Best action has been on crickets, meal worms, red worms, and small jigs. The stripers are best at the inlet with boiling fish in the early mornings and evenings at mid-lake and the inlet. The largemouth bass are showing in fair numbers on topwater early and then on plastics later in the day, but not a lot of fishing pressure on the largemouth. Jesus Vargas, Beaumont, landed a seven-pound bass on a frog off the south side of the lake’s last cove. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing information. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, ackle, 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.

Sep
29

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite remains fair to good, but most of the fish are under 14 inches right now. The fish are showing on plastics fished drop-shot style or Carolina-rigged. The bigger fish are mostly in 30 to 40 feet of water. The water level continues to come up and a lot of smaller fish are prowling the newly flooded brush. A few striped bass are starting to show on trolled flies or small baitfish imitations. Most are under four pounds. The bluegill bite is still fair to good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. The channel catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the channels. A few flatheads on swimbaits at the dams. 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 bite has stayed pretty good for anglers fishing along the dam or the south side of the island. Most of the fish are in 20 feet of water and hitting crickets, wax worms, or meal worms. Still some quality bluegill in the bite. Paul Shorts, Ontario, had 12 bluegill to 1.8 pounds fishing crickets and wax worms off the marina docks. Charles Lee, Moreno Valley, had 10 bluegill and redear to 1.4 pounds at the dam and off the island. He was using crickets and meal worms. The largemouth bass are pretty good early mornings and evenings on topwater, plastic worms, and live bait. The dam has been the top spot, but fish are also showing at the outlet tower along the whole south shoreline. Nate Dray, Riverside, had a 4.3-pound bass at the dam. The catfish have been fair to good all along the north shoreline on cut mackerel or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. 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 has been fair to good along the south side of the lake, especially near Ramp No. 2, but the fish are showing around much of the lake now, including the inlet. Best action has been on crickets, meal worms, red worms, and small jigs. Andrew Johns, Hemet, had seven bluegill to 1.3 pounds on chicken liver at the inlet. The catfish, striper, and largemouth bites are all pretty fair. The stripers are best at the inlet with boiling fish in the early mornings and evenings at mid-lake and the inlet. Robert Sommerton, Illinois, had two stripers to 10 pounds on topwater baits near Ramp No. 1. The catfish are showing around much of the lake, but the dam, inlet, Ramp No. 2 are the top spots. Action is best on cut baits with lots of quality fish. The largemouth bass are showing in fair numbers on topwater early and then on plastics later, but not a lot of fishing pressure on the largemouth. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing information. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, ackle, 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.

Sep
08

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the largemouth bass bite has been just fair over the past week. Most of the action remains on small fish tight to shoreline structure on plastic worms, but some bigger fish in 20 to 35 feet of water. The bluegill bite is still fair to 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. The channel catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the channels. A few flatheads on swimbaits at the dams. Jerry Tidwell, Riverside, had a 7.86-pound flathead on a nightcrawler near an island. Stripers are finally improving a little, but the bite is in deep water and still tough for bait anglers or deep 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 stayed pretty good for anglers fishing at the dam, along the south shoreline, or between the tire reef and island. Most of the fish are in 20 feet of water and hitting crickets, wax worms, or meal worms. Still some quality bluegill in the bite. Juan Carlos, Riverside, had 14 bluegill to 1-8 fishing crickets on the marina docks. The largemouth bass are pretty good early mornings and evenings on plastic worms and live bait. The outlet tower has been a top spot, but the whole south shoreline has been good, too. The catfish have been fair to good all along the north shoreline on cut mackerel or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. Noel Chavez, Perris, had two catfish and his top fish was a 13-1, both on mackerel. 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 catfish and striper bites are the best bets, with both improving as the days shorten and evening cool. The stripers are best at the inlet with boiling fish in the morning. The action moves to the south side and mid-lake for the evening boil. Fewer bait fish this week. The catfish are showing around much of the lake, but the dam, inlet, Ramp No. 2 are the top spots. Action is best on cut baits with lots of quality fish. Leonard Schultz, Ontario, had four cats to 11 pounds on mackerel. The bluegill bite is still fair to good on smaller fish along the south shoreline and near Ramp 2, but few bigger fish. While crickets, wax worms, meal worms, and red worms have been the best baits, Jason Steele, Anza, had seven bluegill to 1-2 on chicken liver. The largemouth bass are showing in fair numbers on topwater early and then on plastics later, but not a lot of fishing pressure on the largemouth. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing information. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, ackle, 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.

Sep
01

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the largemouth bass bite has been just fair to good 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. The bluegill bite is still fair to 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. The channel catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the channels. A few flatheads on swimbaits at the dams. Stripers are very slow. 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 bite has been good but the bite has been more focused off the south end of the island between the tire reef and the island in 20 to 25 feet of water. Most are showing on crickets, meal worms, and wax worms. Frank Goobinheimer, Norco, had 18 bluegill fishing wax worms and crickets and his top fish was 1-8. The largemouth bass are pretty good for a narrow windown in the morning on topwater baits and fly-lined Senkos, especially around the outlet tower and along the south shoreline. Dave Whitman, Riverside, had a 7-4 bass to top off his catch of four fish on Spooks. The catfish have been fair to good all around the lake on cut baits fished on the bottom. Kyle Cox, Redlands, landed a 13-8 catfish on mackerel 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 catfish and striper bites are the best bets, with both improving during the new moon. The stripers are best at the inlet with boiling fishing morning and evening. Bait is also a good bet. Sung Pho, Long Beach, had five stripers to eight pounds fishing sardines at the inlet. The catfish are showing around much of the lake, mostly on cut baits with lots of quality fish. Denacey Williams, Poway, had two catfish, including a 14-pounder, both on mackerel at the buoy line.Few bluegill or largemouth bass reported, and the bluegill caught have mostly been smaller fish. The bass are showing in fair numbers on topwater early and then on plastics later. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: The lake has reopened after an algae-bloom closure. No fishing information. 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.

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.