Riverside County, June 2 report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The boat launch reopened two weeks ago. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. The largemouth bass bite has been good on plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. Fishing the dams and off the islands have been the best bet. The bluegill and redear bites have both taken off with a lot of fish in the one-pound range. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets have all been good baits, and some fish are showing on micro jigs. The east dam has been the hot spot. The trout action has pretty much died. Stripers are slow with only a few fish reports at the two dams and around the water intake-outtake tower. 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 broke wide open this week with some very good catches reported over the weekend. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. Charles Lee, Moreno Valley, had 12 bluegill and redear and the best was a 1.8-pounder, all on crickets and wax worms fished west of the island. Sonny de la Torre, Riverside, had 15 bluegill and redear and his best was a 1.11-pounder on his homemade jigs tipped with crickets. The largemouth bass are still good. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water. Bradie Jones, Riverside, had three largemouth to 5.4 pounds on jerkbaits at the tire reef. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. 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 reedy areas seem to be holding the most fish. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, and meal worms in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger specimens are also being caught. The catfish, largemouth bass, and stripers bites have also been fair to good. The catfish took off with the warm weather, especially at the dam on mackerel dipped in garlic. But the cats are showing in most of the deeper coves. Joseph Gonzales, Elsinore, had a 15-pound cat on chicken liver in the cove adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Stripers remain best at the inlet and the middle of the buoy line at the dam. Shad-like swim baits are good, but most of the fish are showing on chicken liver, anchovies, or mackerel. Brian Forbes, Wildomar, landed a 12-pound stripers on mackerel at the inlet, while Michael Davidson, Hemet, landed a 10-2 on anchovies, also at the inlet. The largemouth bite is best on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are 1-8 to two pounds, but some bigger fish are showing. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby will be 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The free event is for kids 15 and under and they must bring their own fishing gear. The event will be held out of La Laguna Resort and Boat Launch. Call the Lake Community Center for information or to register at 951-245-0442, 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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