Riverside County, April 6 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite is very good with spawning fish in the shallows and fanning out 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 fair with the most recent plant three 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 www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.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. The bluegill and redear bites are just starting with most of the fish still off in 12 to 40 feet of water, but some fish are moving up shallow for the spawn. Most are taking small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. Trout are slow, but a DFW plant is slated for this week. The best action for rainbows has been in Sail Cove and Lots 11 and 12. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics. No other reports. 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 flooding into the shallows for the spawn. The fish are showing all around the lake and are already fanning out beds. The best action has been on plastics and jigs in less than eight feet of water. Brandon Stone, Long Beach, had an 8.9-pound bass, while Stan Lee, Oceanside, landed an 8.1-pounder. Final county trout plant of the season was two weeks ago and the bite is still pretty fair in the Ramp 2 area. DFW trout slated to go in this week. Fish to four pounds reported on 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. Patricia Mohr, Temecula, landed a 9.9-pound channel cat at the inlet on chicken liver. 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 www.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: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

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