Riverside County, Feb 25 report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with even more bass moving shallow in a major pre-spawn movement of fish into the shoreline areas. Bass to six pounds have been reported by anglers tossing plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers. The trout action is slow to fair after a 1,000-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows Feb. 18. The shoreline around the marina, the launch ramp, and at both dams have been the best spots for the rainbows with spinners, small trout spoons, or MiceTails top baits. Still light fishing pressure on the stripers, but Jesse Mena, Hemet, landed a 29-pounder from shore on an LA Slider this week. Hannah Nievar, 11, Hemet, had three stripers at 13, 14, and 16 pounds, also on swimbaits. The best striper action has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. A few big bluegill and redear are starting to show, most taken by accident by bass anglers. No reports on other species. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-741.

PERRIS: The warm weather continues to bring more and more pre-spawn bass up into the shoreline areas, especially along the north shore, and thy have been fair on plastic worms and nightcrawlers, especially for anglers walking the shoreline. John Wright, Moreno Valley, had a 2-8 bass on a plastics at the launch ramp. The redear bite turned on in the marina over the past few days with good action on meal worms fished right on the bottom. Also some bluegill in this bite. The most recent DFW trout plant was two weeks ago, and a few large schools of trout have been reported in Sail Cove. No reports of other species. 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: The overall action had been picking up with fair to good bites on stripers, largemouth, and bluegill, but the water level dropped 10 feet in the past week. The stripers have been at the dam or in the east end showing on swim baits near the surface or cut baits near the bottom. Jason Smythe, San Diego, had a 12-1 striper caught on a nightcrawler. The largemouth are moving shallow with fish nearing the spawn. Plastics and small reaction baits have been getting a lot of fish. Tyrese Gibson, Banning, had three bass on nightcrawlers near the dam and his best fish was 6-2. The bluegill are starting to show near Ramp 2 on the usual array of meal worms, nightcrawlers, and small jig. Other species are slow but there was a seven-pound rainbow trout caught by Linda White, San Jacinto, on a tube jig at Ramp No. 2. The Most recent DFW trout plant was four weeks ago. There will not be any county trout plants this season. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Still no reports on the crappie bite, which kicked into high gear last year this time. Other species also slow. A reminder that over 1,600 pounds of catfish — mostly mature fish that will spawn this spring — were planted Feb. 12. There were also 400 adult largemouth bass, 2,000 bluegill, and 3,000 black crappie, planted Feb. 17. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.

CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. 

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171.

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