Riverside County, Dec. 8 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The lake was planted with 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows Tuesday, and there was another 3,500-pound plant three weeks ago. The bite has been fair to good in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the marina on one to two-pound trout with some bigger. The largemouth bass bite has continued fair to good, with mostly two to three-pound fish in the bite. The best action is on plastics fished drop-shot style or Carolina-rigged in less than 20 feet of water around flooded structure. A few bigger fish are mostly in 30 to 40 feet of water. The water level continues to come up. The striped bass action has been fair with a decent number of smaller fish showing on trolled flies or cast cranks and swimbaits. Few catfish or bluegill 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 get a lot of attention here with some big fish showing on homemade dough baits. The bite has been good all along the north shore from Sail Cove to the launch ramps. This week Andy Chow, Diamond Bar, had eight carp to 15-8 on a homemade dough bait off the marina docks. The largemouth bass also remain fair on drop-shot plastic worms at the dam and outlet in 15-plus feet of water. Christopher Mitchel, Yucaipa, had three bass to 5-4 on deep-diving cranks in the outlet area. The bluegill and redear bites are also still fair. Bluegill anglers are seeing the best action off the dam and west of the islands in 15 to 25 feet of water with wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets. The redear are starting to show off the marina docks. Troy Miller, Hemet, had four bluegill to 1-2 on waxworms off the marina docks. 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: There have been two 600-pound county trout plants so far, one last week and one three weeks ago. Overall, the trout bite remains slow with only a few reported from the east end and along the south side of Ramp No. 2. Stewart Bungert, French Valley, had three trout to 2-8 on inflated nightcrawlers. Stripers have improved a little over last week with the bigger fish working the trout, and the smaller fish concentrated in the coves along the south show and showing on plastics and swimbaits. Carlton Merriweather, Oceanside, had stripes at 3-8 and six pounds off the south shore on swimbaits. The catfish action has also been slow to fair at the buoy line, inlet, Ramp No. 2, and Catfish Alley on chicken liver and mackerel. The largemouth bass bite slowed down, but some fish are still showing along the south shorelines on reaction baits and plastics. Lots of two-pound class fish. 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: fishinglakes.com.

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

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