Riverside County, Dec. 15 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout action has been fair after a 3,500-pound plant last week (Tuesday). This is the second stock of the season, and the best bite has been near the marina on small trout jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. The largemouth bite has slowed but a few are showing up on baitfish with swimbaits or in deeper water on drop-shot plastics. Fishing off the islands or main points has been best. For stripers, the best action has been on trolled flies or on cast swimbaits. A number of fish to 10 pounds reported, but most are smaller. Panfish have been slow, but a few crappie were reported this week on small jigs tipped with bait. No bluegill or redear reports. 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 dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The carp bite continues to dominate the action here, with very good action on homemade dough baits. The bite has been good all along the north shore from Sail Cove to the launch ramps. Sheldon Lewis, Moreno Valley, landed eight carp on his dough bait fishing the marina docks and the biggest was 19-8. The largemouth bass are slow to fair on drop-shot plastic worms or deep-diving cranks at the dam and outlet in 15-plus feet of water. James Baker, Highland, landed a 4-3 bass near the dam on a crank. The bluegill and redear bites slowed this week but a few nice fish are still showing. Bluegill anglers are seeing the best action off the dam and west of the islands in 20 to 35 feet of water with wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets. The marina docks have also been fair, and a few redear are also showing in this spot. Jack Powell, Moreno Valley, had two bluegill off the marina docks on waxworms and his best was just under a pound. Few reports on other species with no DFW trout plants yet this season. 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.) 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: Stripers have improved a little over the last couple of weeks, with the best action along the south shoreline and around the handicap fishing area. Most of the stripers are showing on small swimbaits or anchovies, but some also showing on trolled flies. Bryan Price, Winchester, had three stripers to just over three pounds off the south shore. Catfish slowed steadily as the water cools, but a few are still showing on cut baits and nightcrawlers, especially at Ramp No. 2 and the inlet. Larry Shelton, Menifee, had a 12-pound catfish on a nightcrawler. He also had a trout of trout under a pound each. There have been two 600-pound county trout plants so far this season. One was two weeks ago and the other was four weeks ago. The first DFW plant of the season was set for this week. Overall, the trout bite remains slow with only a few reported from the east end and along the south side of Ramp No. 2. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair along the south shorelines on reaction baits, plastics, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite has been very slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing information. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook.

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