Riverside County, July 21 report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the bass bite has been fair to good, Most of the action on Senko, Ikas, and plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. The key has been fishing in those rocky and grass interfaces in 12 to 30 feet of water with baby bass and bluegill imitations. The grass is at least a foot long so drop-shot anglers should use at least 12 to 15-inch leaders now. There is a lot of empty water, but the bass seem to be schooling and once you find fish the action can be hot. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some up to seven. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish to 3 pounds reported in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is very good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. Few reports of other species, but the catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the cats. The boat launch has reopened. 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 bluegill and redear bites remain fair to good. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, lots 11 and 12, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits in deeper water (15 feet plus). The largemouth bass are pretty good around the island, off the dam, and at lots 11 and 12. Most of the fish are on the outside edges of the weeds. The action is best on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in 6 to 20 feet of water, especially early and late in the day. Still quite a bit of surface action. Logan Hunter, Moreno Valley, landed a four-pound bass, while Marcus Jones, Hemet, had a 3-6. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. Terry James, San Jacinto, landed a 19-1 catfish on mackerel in the marina. 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: The striper bite has broken wide open over the past week, even with the lake level down a few feet. The best bite has been at the inlet and buoy line with surface boils in the morning and some in the evening. The bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the Boat Launch Two area and adjacent coves seem to be holding the most fish. The dam area is also good. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, meal worms, and lug worm pieces in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger ‘gills to 1-8 reported. The catfish bite has been good. The best action has been at Launch No. 2 and along the south shore, but some are also showing at the dam and inlet. Chicken liver, nightcralwers, and mackerel are the best bets. James Snowell, La Mesa, had a 10-pound cat on chicken liver off the south shore. Largemouth are fair on plastics, especially in the east end and most coves along the south shore. Plastic worms and lizards have been the best baits, but some on topwater and reaction baits. Jeffrey Patricka, Temecula, landed bass at 3-0 and 4-0 on Shad Raps. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing report. 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 at facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

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