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 15 to 35 feet of water on drop-shot plastics. Senkos and Creature Baits are also good bets. The striper bite is fair on bait drifted in deeper water, but the surface action on boiling fish is a better bet early and late in the day. Vern Galliher, Hemet, landed a 13.1-pound striper trolling a white fly along the west dam. 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 bet bet. Most are quality fish from four to six pounds with some bigger. The bluegill and redear action is slow to fair with the bite best on smaller fish on crickets, wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and nightcrawlers. 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 largemouth. 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. Mia Clemons, Rialto, had two bass to 2-8 on drop shot plastics at the dam. 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 wax worms, crickets, and red worms along or on a small jig. Chauncy Teenel, San Bernardino, had 22 bluegill to 1-10 off the Bernasconi shoreline on red worms. Charles Lee, Moreno Valley, had 17 bluegill and redear to 1-8 on crickets off the marina docks. 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 some bigger fish. The fish are showing off Ramp No. 2, at the dam, and the inlet and there have been a lot of boiling fish on top this past week. The best action has been on cut baits and lug worms for the bait anglers and smaller swimbaits or jerkbaits when the fish are on the surface. David Styles, Sylmar, landed a 10-pound striper on a lug worm at the dam. The largemouth bite also remains fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits, and there has been some topwater action. Gary Smith, Winchester, landed a five-pound largemouth on a plastic worm. The bluegill and redear bites have remained just fair with the heat and the fish have moved to deeper water. Best action has been in the east end on red worms, wax worms, and nightcrawler pieces. The catfish bite is fair to also good with quite a few fish topping five pounds but little fishing pressure, and there was a plant scheduled for this week. Best action on chicken liver, mackerel, and sardines. Erik Kear, Long Beach,landed an 11-pound catfish on anchovies at the dam. 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 just won’t slow down with continued good action. A lot of the fish are still 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: Good catfish action with a few quality fish. Mike Bradshaw, Pomona, had six catfish that weighed 28 pounds with his best fish a 15-pounder. Alec Valcenciano, Riverside, had five catfish totaling 17-10 with the best a five-pounder. James Thompson, Riverside, had a pair of cats at 5-5 and four pounders. The best bite has been on shrimp, mackerel, and chicken liver. Corona is being planted twice a week with both catfish and tilapia. There is also night fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Information: 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.
RANCHO JURUPA: No recent plants. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Catfish plant last week improved the bite on the whiskerfish with a lot of two to three pounders showing. Best action on hot dog chunks, mackerel, and nightcrawlers. 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.