Riverside County, Oct. 5 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair with better action this week than last. The bass are steady with fair to good action on topwater, cranks, swimbaits, and drop-shot plastics. While most are smaller right now, a few fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. The bluegill are running up to a pound, and they have been best on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits. The top spots have been the ladders on the dams for boat anglers and the second cove to the right of the marina for shore anglers. The catfish bite is slow to fair with little pressures. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. Striped bass have been fair with a few are showing for fly-trollers and on swimbaits. 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: Pretty good action for bass and panfish, and there were reports of a couple of stripers this week. The panfish action has been best for bluegill with a few redear mixed in. The bluegill bite has been the best on the outside edges of the weed beds, especially off the island, lots 11 and 12, Sail Cove, and off the docks. Red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits. Frank Blue, Perris, had nine redear to 1.1 pounds fishing crickets off the south side of the island. The bass are fair and improving, mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with most 1-0 to 2-8. Matt Fort, Chino, had a six-pound striper throwning a Rat-L-Trap for bass at the inlet. A few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled 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 catfish bite has continued good on cut baits (chicken liver, sardines, anchovies) along Catfish Alley, at Ramp No. 2, the east end coves. Lots of nice pan-sized fish from two to four pounds, and fish over eight pounds reported each week. The final county catfish plant of the season was last week. Top cat reported this week was a 10-pounder landed by Robert Felix, Ventura to top off his stringer of four cats, all on chicken liver from shore near Ramp No. 2. Teddy Kristiansen, Ranchoc Cucamonga, had three cats to 8.9 pounds, all on anchvoies. The largemouth bite has been fair with most of the fish on plastics and some on topwater. Kenny Smythe, Temecula, had a 4.2-pound bass on a nightcrawler. The stripers remain mostly slow but a few are showing at the inlet or off mid-lake points on sardines or chicken liver. The bluegill bite is slow, except for a fiaqr bite on small fish around reeds and other cover along the north shore. Wax worms, crickets, and meal worms have been top baits. Carp are getting little pressure, but the bite has been good on dough baits in Catfish Alley and along the south shore. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: 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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