Riverside County, May 4 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 five to 20 feet of water. Barry Vandermeulen, Huntington Beach, had an 8.44-pound bass on a Senko. The final trout plant of the season, 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows, went in two weeks ago and this was the final plant of the season. The action has been slow to fair with most of the fish being landed showing near the marina. The bluegill bite slowed a little this past week (blame the half-moon), but the fish are still in the shallows (less than 15 feet of water) and showing in fair 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. Many fish in less than eight feet of water. The bite is best on small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. Kevin Long, Corona, had 11 redear to 1.6 pounds on meal worms and nightcrawlers on the south side of the island, while Dave Webb, Moreno Valley, landed 14 redear fishing from the northeast shoreline with wax worms and meal worms. The largemouth bass bite has slowed to just fair with most of the fish dropping out of the east end. Most of the fish are still in less than 20 feet of water, but the spawn is pretty much over. The best bite is on plastics and reaction baits. Justin Hill, Rialto, had a 6.4-pound bass on a lipless crank in Bernasconi Cove, his best of four fish. Trout are slow, but a few are showing on the north side of the lake after the DFW plant two 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) Tuesday this week, and this really slowed most of the bites. Before the application, the largemouth bass bite had continued to be good with a lot of fish in a post-spawn, feeding frenzy. The most fish are being landed on plastics, Flukes, or jigs in less than 15 feet of water, but a lot of bigger fish on swimbaits. Allison Horton, Redlands, landed an 8.4-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler off the north shore. Alejandro Lopez, Temecula, landed a 7.2-pound bass on a Roboworm across from the marina. The bluegill bite also started to improve with fair to good action as the fish move up shallower for the spawn. 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 2 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 but improving this past week with theheat. Angela Rivas, San Diego, caught a 9.7-pound catfish on chicken liver near the buoy line. Top spots have 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. Lake Skinner is currently 72 percent of capacity. 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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