Riverside County, Jan. 19 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The striped bass bite continues to improve with fair action over the past week and quite a few better quality fish. Most anglers are slow-trolling flies, using umbrella rigs, or tossing trout-like swimbaits. Aaron Copado of Hemet landed a 17-pound striper on a Lunker Plunker off the shore, while Chris Dodder of Yucaipa had a 12.71-pounder on a Huddlestone, also off the shore. The trout action has been very slow, even after the DFW trout plant last week, but the lake is slated to get 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows this week. Small trout jigs, Kastmasters, inflated nightcrawlers with scent, and PowerBait have been the best this season for the trout. The largemouth bite has slowed but a few are showing up on baitfish with swimbaits or in deeper water on drop-shot plastics. Fishing off the islands or main points has been best. Panfish have been slow, but a few crappie were reported this week on small jigs tipped with bait. No bluegill or redear reports. 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 carp bite continues to be fair on homemade dough baits. The bite has been good all along the north shore from Sail Cove to the launch ramps and off the marina docks. Big fish reported this past week was a 22.1-pounder caught by Walter Handcock of Redlands. It was his best of three fish, all caught on homemade dough baits at lots 11 and 12. The DFW trout plant last Tuesday brought a few anglers out for the rainbows and the bite was fair, mostly on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and lures. Jerome Baker of San Jacinto had a pair of one-pound class rainbows off the marina docks. The largemouth bass are slow to fair on drop-shot or Texas-rigged plastic worms. Bill Palmer of Hesperia had three bass to 3.2 pounds on football-head jigs of the marina point. The bluegill and redear bites slowed this week, but a few are showing from deep water off the island, at the dam, and around the marina docks on redworms or meal worms. Very few other species reports and no trout plants yet this season. 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: County plants last week, and DFW trout are scheduled to go in this week. A few trout are finally starting to show for anglers fishing Roostertails, PowerBait, and salmon eggs along the south shore and handicap area. Stripers have been good early in the morning at the handicap area on bigger, trout-like swimbaits. Smaller fish are showing on umbrella rigs or trolled flies. Bait anglers are also getting a few smaller stripers at Launch No. 2. Francisco Charvez, Temecula, landed two stripers to 5-4 on swimbaits along the south shore near Ramp No. 2. The rain has stirred up the catfish a little and some nicer fish are showing at Ramp No. 2 and the east end of the lake. Leonard Gallo, Chula Vista, had four catfish to 12.9 pounds fishing anchovies and chicken liver near the buoy line. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair along the south shorelines on reaction baits, plastics, and nightcrawlers. Most are in deeper water now. The bluegill bite has been very slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing information. 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.

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