DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass action has been fair with some flurries of good topwater lures or reaction baits action early in the morning when schools of bass are chasing baitfish. Baits imitating small bluegill have been hot. The fish are in 30 to 35 feet of water later in the day and showing on plastics. Catfish remain good but getting light pressure. Stink baits, cut baits, and nightcrawlers fishing at the dams and deep in the coves have been good. Quality cats topping six pounds showing most weekends. The bluegill and redear bites are still fair with the dams, Restroom No. 2 and the rock quarry the top spots. Most fish under a pound, but some bigger. The striper bite remains tough but at least a few fish to four pounds have been reported in the past week on both cut bait and trolled white flies. 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 bluegill and redear bites have come back on at the dam, the marina, the Bernasconi shoreline, and off the island in 20 to 40 feet of water on crickets, small nightcrawlers, and red worms. The largemouth bite has been good along the west and north sides of the lake in the mornings and evening on drop-shot plastics with a few fish still showing on jerkbaits and topwater lures. Juan Cedeno, Moreno Valley, had a five-pound bass to top off his five-fish stringer on Flicker Shad around the marina. Juan Carlos, Downey, also had a five-pound on the same bait in the same area. Other species very slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam began Wednesday this week. 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.) However, the recreation area will remain 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 Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.
SKINNER: Both the striped bass and catfish bites are very good. The stripers are showing in excellent numbers early and late in the day at the dam and inlet, along the north shore, on shad, chicken liver, and topwater lures. Gabriel Rodriguez, Murrieta, had eight stripers to six pounds fishing shad in the inlet. Mike Wilson, Temecula, landed two stripers to eight pounds on mackerel. The catfish bite is best at ramps 1 and 2, all the coves and in Catfish Alley, mostly on chicken liver, mackerel, and nightcrawlers. Top catfish reported was a 9-8 landed by Darren Sanchez, Lake Elsinore, to top off his three fish stringer of cats, all on nightcrawlers. Largemouth bass are fair to good on plastic worms. Bluegill and redear are slow, and no other reports. No word on trout plants yet. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.
ELSINORE: The catfish bite has slowed a little, but still fair to good action on shrimp, mackerel, skipjack, bonito, or fresh shad. Most are from two to eight pounds, but some bigger fish topping 10 pounds have been reported. The carp bite remains fair 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: Low water levels, but the catfish bite has continued fair. Kevin Campbell, Murrieta, landed an eight-pounder as part of his four-fish, 15-pound stringer, all on mackerel below the tackle shop. Ray Mendoza, Baldwin Park, caught five catfish totaling 15 pounds using nightcrawlers at the dam. James Wilson, Lake Elsinore, caught 10 catfish totaling 20-8 using shrimp with marshmallows from shore. Stocking information for trout season is not yet available, and the lake will only be open Friday through Sunday this season due to low water levels. Plants will only begin once water temperatures drop. Information: 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.
RANCHO JURUPA: No recent plants. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: The catfish bite is slow to fair and no word on when trout plants will begin. A few of the $50 tagged cats remain. Bass are fair with only a few showing on topwater and plastics. Bass are catch-and-release only. Bluegill action fair on small fish. 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.