Riverside County, Dec. 22 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout action has been fair after a 3,500-pound plant two weeks ago. There have been two Mt. Lassen plants so fair this season. 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 and the cooler weather seems to have improved this action. 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 www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The carp bite continues to be fair to good on homemade dough baits. The bite has been good all along the north shore from Sail Cove to the launch ramps. No big fish reported this week, however. Cold weather has pushed most other action deep. 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. The bluegill and redear bites slowed this week. A few catfish continue to show. There was a 31-pound cat landed by Joe Goosby, Riverside, at the tire reef on a prepared catfish bait. 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: First 600-pound DFW trout plant went in last Wednesday, and another plant is scheduled the week after Christmas. There have also been two 600-pound county trout plants so far this season, three and five weeks ago. Best action has been a Launch Ramp No. 2 and a few are showing in the east end. PowerBait and Roostertails have been the best bets. Leonardo Smythe, Sun City, had two trout at 2-8 each on rainbow PowerBait near the inlet. Stripers have been spotty, 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. Catfish are mostly slow, but a few showing from deep water on cut baits and nightcrawlers, especially at Ramp No. 2 and the inlet. Stephanie Surgener, Murrieta, had a 5.6-pound catifhs on anchovies near 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 Williamís 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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