Riverside County, May 11 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite is picking back up and some quality fish are coming in. The best action has been on Senkos, Ikas, small jigs, and drop-shot plastics with the fish still in just eight to 25 feet of water. Lost of fish to five pounds. The final trout plant of the season, 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows, went in three weeks ago. The action has been slow to fair with most of the fish being landed showing near the marina. The bluegill bite has been improving with very good action in the shallows (less than 15 feet of water) and showing in good numbers on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The dam ladders are the top spots. Catfish are showing in fair to good numbers, mostly at the dams and in most coves on frozen anchovies or mackerel. The striper bite has been slow, 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 bluegill and redear bites are breaking wide open with a lot of fish on beds spawning now, but the cold front has stalled the bite. Many fish in less than eight feet of water, and the action is best on small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. Jonny Gonzalez, Moreno Valley, had eight redear to 1.6 pounds at Lots 11 and 12 on meal worms and nightcrawlers. Milton Long, Palm Desert, had a two-pound redear fishing off the dock with nightcrawlers. The largemouth bass bite has slowed to just fair with most of the fish in less than 20 feet of water, but the spawn is pretty much over. The best bite is on plastics and reaction baits. Warren Taylor, San Bernardino, landed a 5.4-pound bass on a finesse plastic off the east shoreline. It was the best of three fish he landed. Trout are slow, but a few are showing on the north side of the lake after the DFW plant three weeks ago. 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 lake was bluestoned (copper sulfate is used to kill blue-green algae) last week and this really slowed most of the bites. The best bites have been for catfish and largemouth. The cats have been best on chicken liver, anchovies, or mackerel at Ramp No. 1, across from the marina, and along the north shore. Timmy Umatham, Temecula, had an 8.2-pound cat on anchovies at Ramp No. 2. Frank Santiago, Jr., San Diego, had a 6.9-pound cat, also on anchovies, but off the south shore. Most of the bass are showing on The most fish are being landed on plastics, Flukes, or jigs in less than 15 feet of water all around the lake. The striper bite is fair 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 bluegill bite was really turning on before the copper sulfate was applied last week, but the bite has stalled and has been slow. The buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Fair to good catfish action. 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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