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. Edgar Sanchez, Hemet, landed a 1-8 redear on a nightcrawler from shore. The striper bite remains tough with no fish reported in the past week. 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 in the marina and off the island this past week. While most are under a pound, a few bigger fish are showing. Red worms, crickets, and meal worms are the top baits. Lorenzo Martinez, Moreno Valley, had 14 redear to 1-4 on red worms in the marina, while Thelma Jones, Los Angeles, landed eight redear to a half-pound on crickets, also in the marina. The largemouth bite has been good along the west side of the lake in the mornings and evening on drop-shot plastics with a few fish still showing on jerkbaits and topwater lures. Nate Dray, Riverside, had a pair of bass to 2-4 on plastics in the Bernasconi Beach area. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam will begin Oct. 15. 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: The catfish bite has been good the past week with a lot of fishing showing a ramps No. 1 and N. 2, Catfish Aley, and the backs of all the coves. The action has been best on chicken liver, mackerel and other cut baits, and nightcrawlers. Mark Herin, Temecula, landed a 10-pound catfish on a nightcrawler at Ramp No. 2, while Sadie McGee, Menifee, had an eight-pounder on anchovies from a cove. The striped bass are also fair to good with early morning boils at the dam and then the fish go deeper in the dam and inlet areas and are showing on cut baits and shad. Most of the fish are two to four pounds. Bluegill and redear are slow, but Dennis Hurley, Temecula, landed a 1.5-pound bass on a meal worm in the marina. Carp are good on dough baits, and most are in less than 10 feet of water. But they are getting little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.
ELSINORE: The catfish bite continues to sizzle here with a lot of fish being landed from two to eight pounds. Cut baits and fresh or frozen shad working the best. The carp bite is 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: The catfish bite has remained good on pan-sized fish with an occasional bigger fish. 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: The catfish bite is just fair with most of the fish from 1-8 to 2-8 showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers. There were also a number of tagged with worth up to $50 each in the last plant and several have not been caught yet. The bass action also remains fair and are catch-and-release only. Still a few 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.