Riverside County, May 26 report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The boat launch reopened last week. 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 very good on plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. 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 is slowing down with the last plant in early April. Stripers are slow, but the best bite has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. 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 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. Alex Canup, Riverside, landed a 4.5-pounder on a Robo Worm at the water tower, while John Wright, Moreno Valley, had a 2.6-pouner on a plastic worm in Power Cove. The bluegill and redear are also starting to make beds around the island, marina area, dam, and east end, and the bite is fair to good and improving, but mostly on wax worms and red worms. A few catfish and carp from Sail Cove and the east end. Cats best on shrimp at dusk. Carp good on dough baits mornings and afternoons. The launch ramp remains open. 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: Largemouth, stripers, and bluegill are all fair to good, with the bluegill perhaps the best bet over the past week. The ‘gills are moving through the spawn and showing in pretty good numbers on red worms, crickets, and nightcrawlers early in the morning, especially near reeds and inside of coves near structure in six to 18 feet of water. The Ramp 1 area across from the marina has been a hot spot. Roman Vasquez, Oceanside, had three bluegill with a 1.1-pounder his best fish, all caught on live crickets. The stripers are best near the dam and main lake points on shad, chicken liver, and anchovies. Jake Smythe Jr., Murrieta, landed a 10.2-pound striper on shad at the inlet, while David Reed, also Murrieta, had a 9.9-pounder on chicken liver, 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. A few catfish are finally starting to show, mostly on cut baits off inside the main points and at the dam. 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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