DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass action has been fair with some flurries of good action on fish busting baitfish. Crankbaits with some topwater lures have been the ticket. 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, redear, and crappie 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 bite has been fair to good off the island and at the dam on worms or crickets and jigs in 40 feet of water. A few redear off Bernasconi Beach on nightcrawlers. The largemouth bite has been good along most of the shorelines in the mornings and evening on crankbaits, with some fish also showing on drop-shot plastics and nightcrawlers. Aurelio Cornejo, Riverside, had a six-pound bass on a nightcrawler in the marina. Juan Caduro, Moreno Valley, also had a six-pound, but his was on a Flicker Shad crankbait. Other species very slow. 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.) 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, and all rocky areas. The best bite is on mackerel, chicken liver, shad, or Zara Spooks. Jake Colby, Chino Hills, had a 12-pound striper at the inlet on a topwater bait. James Pedro, Redlands, landed three stripers to 10 pounds off the northshore on swimbaits. The catfish bite is best at ramps 1 and 2, all the coves, and in Catfish Alley, mostly on chicken liver, mackerel, and nightcrawlers. Largemouth bass are fair to good on plastic worms. Earnest Jaybrown, Los Angeles, landed a four-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler. Bluegill and redear are slow. No word on trout plants yet. Water levels are very low and boat anglers are cautioned about obstructions in the shallow coves in the east end of the lake. 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. 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 first trout plant of the season was slated to go Wednesday this week. In the meantime, the catfish and bass action has been slow to fair. 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.