Riverside County, Feb. 4 report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout bite was fair over the past week, in spite of nasty weather over the weekend. A 1,000-pound of Mt. Lassen trout went in last week as did DFW rainbows. Previous DFW plants were two weeks ago, and the last Mt. Lassen plant was four 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, but a few have been reported by anglers trolling at the dams. Largemouth bass are fair, but most fish are in deep water or suspended off points. Very little fishing pressure. 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: A surprise crappie bite popped up over the past week in the marina with fish up to 2-8 reported. Most have been landed on small jigs topped with a Crappie Nibble or a meal worm fished right above the bottom. Otherwise, things have been tough. A few trout are still showing after the DFW plant two weeks ago with the best action from Sail Cove to Lot No. 6 and around Alessandro Island. The bass action has been slow in deep water (15 to 40 feet) on plastics and nightcrawlers, especially near the dam. Bluegill and redear slowed way down with only the odd fish showing on a jig or small bait on a jig. 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 bite slowed across the board with the colder, wet weather this past weekend. The stripers have been fair, especially early in the morning at the dsam on cut baits, topwater, and rip baits. The largemouth bass bite is also pretty fair on plastic worms. Best largemouth reported was a 6-1 caught by Jackson Williams, Yucaipa, while a six-even bass was landed by Cheryl Clementson, Elsinroe, on a nightcrawler. Other species have been slow, except for the trout. There were DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Most of the trout have been showing around Ramp No. 2, most on small spinners, Power Mice, or floating baits. 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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