Riverside County, April 13 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite is very good with spawning fish in the shallows and on nests. Most of the fish are up in less than 15 feet of water and many are in two to three feet of water. Most are smaller fish to three pounds, with a few bigger fish are showing now. The bluegill bite is also improving, although most fish are still in deeper water off the dams, with the ladders the best spots. Trout are slow to fair with the most recent plant four weeks ago when 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows went in. The marina area has continued to be the top spot. The striper bite slowed, but some fish are still showing on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 largemouth bass bite is good with the fish mostly in shallow water for the spawn. Many fish are already on beds and the bite is best of small plastics, jigs, and reaction baits. While the bass are showing around the lake, the east end and around the island have been the best spots. Andrew Miller, Highland, had eight bass and his tops was a 6.1-pounder, all on Senkos near the dam. Robert Mounz, San Jacinto, landed a 4.2-pound bass at the marina docks on a nightcrawler. The bluegill and redear bites are just starting with most of the fish in four to 20 feet of water and moving shallower. Most are taking small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. Steve Brown, Banning, had a mixed stringer of 11 bluegill and redear caught at the island on meal worms and wax worms. Trout are fair on the north side of the lake after a DFW plant last week. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics. No other reports. Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and on schedule to be done by early next year. 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 largemouth bass bite has broken wide open with fish in the shallows for the spawn. The fish are showing all around the lake on plastics and jigs in less than eight feet of water. Also some quality fish being landed. Tops this week was a 9.9-pounder caught by Patty Simmons, Winchester, on a nightcrawler. Jay Kaesong, Temecula, landed an 8.10 pounds on red worms. Final county trout plant of the season was three weeks ago, but DFW fish went in last week and are slated to go in again this week. The bite is still pretty fair in the Ramp 2 area on inflated nightcrawlers and PowerBait. The bluegill bite also started to improve, but most of the fish remain in deeper water with the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. The striper bite is also fair to good at the inlet, mid-lake, and Ramp 2 areas. Swimbaits and cut baits are both getting fish, but jigging spoons and even some topwater baits have produced. The catfish action has slow with only a few fish showing in the east end, at the buoy line, inlet, and mid-lake. Most are being caught on cut baits with garlic shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel the best bets. Stacey Blyleven, Huntington Beach, landed a 10.2-pound catfish on chicken liver near Ramp No. 2. Lake Skinner is currently 72 percent of capacity. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Some crappie and bass are showing. Lake level is up with runoff. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: The lake is full thanks to recent rains and runoff, but due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information: fishinglakes.com.

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

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