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Apr
12

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: There was a 3,500-pound trout plant this week, and the bite has really taken off in the coves adjacent to the marina. The trout are showing on small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails. The bite on largemouth bass is good, but many fish have backed away from the shorelines. Most are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers, but a few are still being caught on swimbaits. Aaron Brown, Riverside, landed a 6.52-pound bass on a plastic. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. The bluegill and catfish bites also starting to improve. 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 has been good this past week as the fish are all over the shallows now with the warm weather. Best action on plastics and small swimbaits. Dennis Graham, Orange, landed four bass on jerk baits in the east end and his best was a 10.17-pounder. Gil Rowe, Victorville, caught a nine-pounder on an underspin in six feet of water. The bluegill fair to good with the fish showing in the marina, at Sail Cove, and all over the east end on jigs tipped with meal worms and wax worms. Fish to 1-8 reported this week. Trout and catfish slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising at the rate of one vertical foot every 10 days right now. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, this Saturday. The event includes a free barbecue for the kids. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The largemouth bass bite has surged again over the past week with the fish still up shallow and many in mid-spawn. They are showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Top fish reported was a 4-6 landed by Oleander Dunn, Temecula, on a nightcrawler near the launch buoy line. The striper bite has been fair to good from the inlet to the north and the coves adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Shad, white jigs, and shad-like swim baits are the best artificials. Anchovies, chicken liver, and mackerel are the best baits. The early morning bite has been best. The bigger bluegill are starting to show in eight to 12 feet of water on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and jigs tipped with wax worms or Crappie Nibbles. Both the county and DFW stocked two weeks ago, but the bite has slowed way down. This was the final county plant of the season. Best action has been at Ramp No. 2 on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Alejandro Suarez, Menifee, caught two trout and his best was a 3-2 rainbow, both on PowerBait. Catfish surprisingly slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. The 6th Annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be May 5-6 with $15,000 in cash and prizes. For fishing and derby 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Apr
05

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout bite is still fair after a 3,500-pound trout plant three weeks ago, and the next plant is tentatively set for April 11. The coves adjacent to the marina are still the best bets, and the trout are showing on small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails. The bite on largemouth bass is good. They are mostly tight to the shorelines for the spawn. Most are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers, but a few are still being caught on swimbaits. Gabe Stroope, Hemet, landed a 6.3-pound largemouth on a plastic lizard. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. The bluegill and catfish bites also starting to improve. 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 has been good this past week as the fish are all over the shallows now with the warm weather. Best action on plastics and small swimbaits with fish to seven pounds reported this past week. The bluegill are starting to turn on with the warm weather, with the fish showing in the marina, at Sail Cove, and all over the east end on jigs tipped with meal worms and wax worms. Red worms, nightcrawlers, or crickets fished six to eight feet under a slip bobber are getting some fish. Trout and catfish slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising at the rate of one vertical foot every 10 days right now. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, this Saturday. The event includes a free barbecue for the kids. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The largemouth bass bite has surged again over the past week with the fish still up shallow and many in mid-spawn. They are showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Fish to six pounds have been reported in the past week. The striper bite has been fair to good from the inlet to the north and the coves adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Shad, white jigs, and shad-like swim baits are the best artificials. Anchovies, chicken liver, and mackerel are the best baits. Patricia Salas, Temecula, landed a 5.9-pound striper on chicken liver at the inlet. The bigger bluegill are starting to show in eight to 12 feet of water on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and jigs tipped with wax worms or Crappie Nibbles. Gabriel Granite, Moreno Valley, had a 1.4-pound bluegill on a nightcrawler across from the marina. Both the county and DFW stocked this past week. (It was the final plant of the season for the county. Who knows what the DFW will do?) Best action has been at Ramp No. 2 on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Catfish surprisingly slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. The 6th Annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be May 5-6 with $15,000 in cash and prizes. For fishing and derby 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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.

Mar
22

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in Tuesday last week, and the bite has pretty good around the marina ever since. The best action has been on small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails. The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good. They are moving tight to the shorelines for the spawn. Most are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers, but a few are still being caught on swimbaits. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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 breaking open with fair action and flurries of good fishing on nice weather days. The fish are mostly up shallow now for the spawn and building nests. Quite a few fish to six pounds or more reported. Scott Lopez, Perris, had a 4.5-pound bass on a two-pound test off the marina docks. The dam, the backside of the island, and east end have been the hot spots, but these is a ton of flooded brush along most shorelines in the east end and access to fish deep in the cover is tough. The bluegill are slow again this week. Trout slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising at the rate of one vertical foot every 10 days right now. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 7, this year. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The bass bite has broken wide open with the fish shallow for the spawn and which most baits, but especially small plastics and reaction baits. Ryan Christensen, Winchester, landed a 7-4 bass, while Mike Chandler, Temecula, caught a 6-2. The bigger bluegill are starting to show in 15-plus feet of water on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and jigs tipped with was worms. The striper and black bass action is fair. The stripers are mostly showing in deeper water near the dam, inlet, and off main lake points on cut baits, with a few on lures closer to the surface. Trout were planted last week and the final plant of the season will be next week. Fair bite at Ramp No. 2 and inlet on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Catfish are slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Some reports of crappie to two pounds showing again this week on bobber-suspended jigs, and the bass are moving tight to shoreline cover for the spawn. The 6th Annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be May 5-6 with $15,000 in cash and prizes. For fishing and derby 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Mar
08

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in three weeks ago, and the bite continues to dwindle in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the launch ramp. Small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails all working but no big fish reported this week. The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure again this past week, and the weather seemed to lull the budding largemouth bass bite. Still a few fish showing on plastics and the odd bigger fish on a trout-like swimbait. Stripers are very spotty, but a few are showing on big swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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: Slow to fair fishing as the lake level continues to come back up. The largemouth have been the best bet for anglers fishing off the dam, the backside of the island, and east end on plastics in eight to 45 feet of water. Cool weather has kept the bite off. The bluegill are slow again this week. Only the carp are showing any signs of life, with a few more fish showing for anglers targeting these fish. Trout slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising at the rate of one vertical foot every 10 days right now. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 7, this year. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: Trout were planted last Wednesday, and the next plant will be March 14. The bite has been spotty around Ramp No. 2, but some fish on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Cali Jimenez, San Jacinto, landed a four-pound rainbow on a nightcrawler. The striper and bass action has improved since the bluestone treatment two weeks ago. The stripers are mostly showing in deeper water near the dam, inlet, and off main lake points on cut baits, with a few on lures closer to the surface. Dylan Sprouts, Oceanside, landed two stripers on chicken liver and his best was a 5-4. Catfish and bluegill remain. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Some reports of crappie to two pounds showing again this week on bobber-suspended jigs, and the bass are moving tight to shoreline cover for the spawn. 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Mar
01

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in two weeks ago, and the bite has been fair in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the launch ramp. Small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails all working but no big fish reported this week. The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure, and the largemouth bass bite is really starting to take off. Most are showing on plastics, but big swimbaits also getting fish. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing for fly-trollers or anglers tossing big swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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: Slow to fair fishing as the lake level continues to come back up. The largemouth have been the best bet for anglers fishing off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 20 to 45 feet of water. But fish are also already starting to nose around in shallower water on warm days. The bluegill are also finally starting to pick up a little off the marina docks and the island. The carp also started showing again this past week, with a couple of bruisers landed. Giovani Garcia, Riverside, landed a 23-pound carp on a jig, while Abraham Vallarta, Fontana, had a pair of carp, including a 30-pounder in the marina. Trout slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising. 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 late received a copper sulfate (bluestone) treatment last Friday, which really hammered the weekend bite. The bass and catfish bites went in the tank, but a few stripers have continued to show near the inlet in 30-feet of water on cut baits or small, shad-like swimbaits and jigs. Jackson Gallo, San Jacinto, landed a 6-2 striper on a sardine.
Trout were planted Wednesday this week and two weeks ago. The bite has been slow around the launch ramp. Chartreuse or garlic PowerBait has been the best bet. Jenni Marilyn, Winchester, had rainbows at three and four pounds late last week, both on chartreuse garlic PowerBait at ramp No. 2 (just before the bluestone treatment). Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Some reports of crappie to two pounds showing this week on bobber-suspended jigs, and the bass are moving tight to shoreline cover for the spawn. 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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.

Feb
22

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in last, and the bite has been pretty good in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the launch ramp. Small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails all working with fish to six pounds reported so far. The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure, and the largemouth bass bite is really starting to take off. Most are showing on plastics, but big swimbaits also getting fish. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing for fly-trollers or anglers tossing big swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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: Slow to fair fishing as the lake level continues to come back up. The largemouth have been the best bet for anglers fishing best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 20 to 45 feet of water. But fish are also already starting to nose around in shallower water on warm days. The bluegill are also finally starting to pick up a little off the marina docks, with a one-pounder landed by Juan Cedeno, Riverside, on a jig, and a three-quarter pounder caught by Mike Johnson, Perris, on a cricket. Trout slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising, and it is expected to be at the new full pool level by summer. 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 stayed fair to good over the past week with the anglers able to dip live shad really hammering the fish, but the bite on frozen sardines is nearly as good. Top spots have been at the inlet and the shoreline areas adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Freddy Ramirez, Winchester, had a pair of stripers, including one at five pounds. The largemouth action lulled again with the cooler weather, but has begun to pick up. Samantha Bridges, Murrieta, landed a 6.4-pound bass on a nightcrawler in the cove across from the marina. Trout were planted last Wednesday, and the bite has been fair around the launch ramp with a few fish to four pounds reported. Chartreuse or garlic PowerBait have been the best bets. A few catfish were reported this week, but the bite is still pretty slow. Bluegill also slow. 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Feb
15

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in this week, and this bite is taking off again, especially in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the launch ramp. Small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails all working with fish to six pounds reported so far. The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure, and the largemouth bass bite is really starting to take off. Several big bass reported in the past week, including a 10.44-pounder landed by Kristofer Sands, Hemet. Several other fish from five to eight-plus pounds reported. Most are showing on plastics, but big swimbaits also getting fish. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing for fly-trollers or anglers tossing big swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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: Slow to fair fishing as the lake level continues to come back up. The largemouth have been the best bet for anglers fishing best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 20 to 45 feet of water. But fish are also already starting to nose around in shallower water on warm days. David Nye, Los Angeles, had an 8-8 bass this past week. Trout slow. Bluegill and redear are mostly slow with only a few bluegill showing off the marina docks, at the tire reef, and off the backside of the island on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising, and it is expected to be at the new full pool level by summer. 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 stayed fair to good over the past week with the anglers able to dip live shad really hammering the fish, but the bite on frozen sardines is nearly as good. Top spots have been at the inlet and the shoreline areas adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Tommi Smyer, San Jacinto, had a 6.8-pound striper on sardine. The largemouth action lulled with the cooler weather, but has begun to pick up again, with many fish moving up shallower. Plastics still the best bet. The trout bite has been slow, but a plant Wednesday this week could help. Matt Glandin, Temecula, had two trout at three and four pounds fish chartreuse, garlic PowerBait at Ramp No. 1. A few catfish were reported this week, but the bite is still pretty slow. Bluegill also slow. 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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: Fair to good trout action continues. Most trout around a pound, but some bigger fish to eight pounds reported. The lake is closed on Thursday’s for trout planting. 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: Trout season is ongoing. There was a plant two weeks ago, and there are 1,000-pound plants scheduled for this week, Feb 19, and Mar. 5. 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/.

Feb
01

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure. Fly-trolling or big swimbaits have been the way to go for the stripers with the best action at the inlet-outlet tower, around the marina, and along the west dam. The largemouth have been showing on the trolled flies, swimbaits, umbrella rigs, or drop-shot plastics in deeper water. The trout bite has slowed since the 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows three weeks ago, but there is a slow to fair bite in the coves adjacent to the marina for shore anglers, and the action has been best on small jigs, MiceTails, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers with garlic. Some fish to five pounds reported and many are solid two pounders. The next plant will be Feb. 13 when another 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows will go in. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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: Slow fishing with light fishing pressure as the lake level comes back up. The largemouth have been the best bet for anglers fishing best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 20 to 45 feet of water. Phillip Ellison, Moreno Valley, had a four-pound bass on a Roboworm in Lot 11. A few trout from the first of the season over a month ago are still showing at lots 11 and 12 on small spinners or PowerBait. Bluegill and redear are mostly slow with only a few bluegill showing off the marina docks, at the tire reef, and off the backside of the island on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising, and it is expected to be at the new full pool level by summer. 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 stayed fair to good over the past week with the anglers able to dip live shad really hammering the fish, but the bite on frozen sardines is nearly as good. Top spots have been at the inlet and the shoreline areas adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Top striper was a 20-pounder caught by Jackie Miser, Temecula, near the inlet on a sardine. Dallas Earnest, Chula Vista, had a pair of stripers to 7.4 pounds on live shad in North Bay, while Terry Santiago, Los Angeles, had three stripers to 6.2 pounds on sardines near Ramp No. 2. The largemouth action has been slow to fair on plastics along the north shore, east end, and Launch Ramp No. 1 area. The trout bite has been slow, but there was a 600-pound plant Wednesday this week. A few catfish were reported this week, but the bite is still pretty slow. Bluegill also slow. 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Jan
25

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout bite has slowed since the 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows three weeks ago, but there is still a fair bite in the coves adjacent to the marina for shore anglers, and the action has been best on small jigs, MiceTails, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers with garlic. Some fish to five pounds reported and many are solid two pounders. The next plant will be Feb. 13 when another 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows will go in. The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is also fair with light fishing pressure. Fly-trolling or big swimbaits have been the way to go for the stripers. The stripers have been showing at the inlet-outlet tower, around the marina, and along the west dam. The largemouth have been showing on the trolled flies or swimbaits in umbrella rigs or on drop-shot plastics in deeper water. A few have also some on big, trout-like swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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: Slow fishing with light fishing pressure. A few trout from the first of the season four weeks ago are still showing. The best action has been in the marina or lots 11 and 12 on small spinners or PowerBait. Jeremy Kalich, Moreno Valley, had a 3-10 rainbow on a swimbait at the ramps. The largemouth have been best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 20 to 45 feet of water. Joseph Ferguson, Perris, had six bass to 6-8 on Roboworms around the marina docks. Bluegill and redear are mostly slow with only a few bluegill showing off the marina docks, at the tire reef, and off the backside of the island on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early this 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 striper bite has stayed fair to good over the past week with the anglers able to dip live shad really hammering the fish, including some topping six pounds. Also quite a few fish showing on shad-like swimbaits and cut baits. Top spots have been the in the east end and at the inlet early in the morning. Jackson Smythe, Jr., Temecula, landed a 7.6 pound striper near the inlet on a swimbait, while his dad, also Jackson Smythe, caught a seven-pounder on a live shad at Ramp No. 2. Lawrence Brown, visiting from Louisiana, had three stripers to 6.6 pounds on swimbaits in the North Bay. The largemouth action has been fair on plastics along the north shore, east end, and Launch Ramp No. 1 area. The trout bite has been slow, but there was a plant last week and another 600-pounds is slated to go in next week. A few catfish were reported this week, but the bite is still pretty slow. Bluegill also slow. 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: There will be a free kid’s fishing event this Saturday for children ages 3-15. The lake will be stocked with rainbow trout before the event, and all fishing equipment needed by the kids will be provided free of charge. This activity is designed to give boys and girls who live in urban areas an opportunity to enjoy a fishing experience in or close to their own neighborhood, with poles, reels, tackle, bait and assistance provided. Event day onsite registration will begin at 8 a.m.; and the fishing session will go from 9 a.m. to none. This will be followed by a free lunch and drawing for the kids. The Riverside County Parks Department is co-sponsoring the derby with the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information about the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation and all of its upcoming free kids fishing events, visit www.danskids.org, or call (562) 865-3764.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Dec
08

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: There was a 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows Tuesday this week. This is the second plant of the season after a plant three weeks ago. The trout action has been best on PowerBait, MiceTails, and small trout jigs. Fish to six pounds reported. The angler who catches the heaviest trout in December will free annual pass. The striped bass bite continues to improve for anglers trolling flies or other shad-like lures and casting trout-like swimbaits now that trout have been planted. The stripers have been showing at the inlet-outlet tower, around the marina, and along the west dam. Mark Knoop, Hemet, landed a 10.74-pound striper last week fishing a plastic worm. The largemouth bite is fair. The largemouth bass are best on drop-shot plastics in deeper water ñ 15-feet and deeper. The bluegill and catfish bites are slow. 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 bass and bluegill action slowed down and there have been few reports this past week. The largemouth have been best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 12 to 25 feet of water, while the bluegill and a few redear are showing off the marina docks, the tire reef, and the backside of the island on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. 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: A trout plant went in Wednesday this week and there was a plant two weeks ago. The trout bite was slow up until the plant with decent action at Ramp No. 2 on PowerBait and MiceTails. This was the third plant of the season. The striper bite has been fair to good at the dam and inlet or rocky areasw along the north shore. Live shad is the candy bait if you can get it, but small swimbaits or topwater baits working during boils. Most of the time the bite is on cut mackerel and chicken liver. Justin Kitlin, Hemet, had a seven-pound striper on anchovies at the inlet, while Oz Ortiz, Hemet, landed a 6.9-pounder on shad. The catfish and bluegill bites are very slow, but there continues to be a fair largemouth bite on plastics and nightcrawlers along the north shore. Thomas Lankly, Oceanside, had a six-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler. 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.

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.