Riverside County, July 14 report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the bass bite has been fair to good, Most of the action on Senko, Ikas, and plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. The key has been fishing in those rocky and grass interfaces in 12 to 30 feet of water with baby bass and bluegill imitations. The grass is at least a foot long so drop-shot anglers should use at least 12 to 15-inch leaders now. There is a lot of empty water, but the bass seem to be schooling and once you find fish the action can be hot. Most of the largemouth are 2 to 4 pounds with some up to 7. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish to 3 pounds reported in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is very good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. Few reports of other species, but the catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the cats. The boat launch has reopened. 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: Jump in water level moved the fish around a bite, but the bite is still generally. The bluegill and redear bites remain good. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, lots 11 and 12, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. The largemouth bass are pretty good around the island, off the dam, and at lots 11 and 12. Most of the fish are on the outside edges of the weeds. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water, especially early and late in the day. Still quite a bit of surface action. Jason Jennings, Banning, had a five-pound bass on a crank, while Abel Martinez, Moreno Valley, had a four-pounder on a drop-shot plastic. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. Hector Rodriguez, Riverside, landed an 8-pound catfish at lots 11 and 12 on a nightcrawler. 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: The bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the Boat Launch Two area and adjacent coves seem to be holding the most fish. The dam area is also good. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, meal worms, and lug worm pieces in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger ‘gills to 1-8 reported. The catfish bite has been very good taking off over the last three weeks and getting better. The best action has been at Launch No. 2 and along the south shore, but some are also showing at the dam and inlet. Chicken liver, nightcralwers, and mackerel are the best bets. Catfish plant last Friday. Britney Steels, Oceanside, had a 12.45-pound cafish on chicken liver at Ramp No. 2. Daniel Martinez, Winchester, had six catfish with his stringer topped by an 11.9-pounder. All were caught on anchovies at the inlet and in deep water mid-lake. Stripers also fired back up this past week with good action at the inlet and near the buoy line, especially in the mornings. Topwater and swimbaits best in that early bite, and then a fair to good bait bite after the early flurry. Largemouth fair on plastics, especially in the east end and most coves. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing report. 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 at facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

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