Riverside County, Feb. 11 report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been picking up over the past week. While winds have hampered the fishing at times, a lot of the bass are in a major pre-spawn movement up into 15 feet of water or less and poking around structure. Bass to 10 pounds have been reported by anglers tossing swimbaits over the past two weeks, but most of the action has been on plastics and nightcrawlers. The trout action is spotty, but a few fish are showing from the 1,000-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows two weeks ago. The most recent DFW plant was three weeks ago. The shoreline around the marina, the launch ramp, and at both dams have been the best spots for the rainbows with spinners, small trout spoons, or MiceTails top baits. Very light fishing pressure and few striper reports. No reports on other species. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201  or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410.

PERRIS: Winds really hammered the fishing this week, but the warm weather has brought a surge of pre-spawn bass up into the shoreline areas, and thy have been fair on plastic worms and nightcrawlers. Carson Schmidt, Riverside, had a two-pound bass from shore in the marina on a plastic. Last week’s crappie bite disappeared, and the bluegill and redear are both slow with only the odd fish showing for marina anglers fishing red worms on the bottom. The DFW has a trout plant on the schedule for this week and the last plant was three weeks ago. A few rainbows have been showing from Sail Cove to Lot No. 6 and around Alessandro Island. No reports of other species. The launch ramp remains open. 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 warm weather perked the bites a bit this week, and the largemouth bass are already moving into shallow water in a major movement of pre-spawn fish. Top bass reported was a 5-6 caught by Patrick Worthey, Winchester, on a nightcrawler. The stripers have been slow with the shad in deep, open water and the stripers have been mirroring the shad. Tough bite. The catfish showed some signs of life on cut baits, mostly chicken liver. Thomas Thompson, Oceanside, had a 7-6 catfish between the inlet and marina on chicken liver. Even a few bluegill are starting to show. Greg Parker, San Diego, had two bluegill to 1-1 fishing red worms across from the marina. Trout are very slow, and the most recent DFW plants were two and four weeks ago. There will not be any county trout plants this season. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Slow fishing with few reports. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.

CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. 

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171.

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