Riverside County, March 17 report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been very good with even more bass moving shallow in a major pre-spawn movement of fish into the shoreline areas. Plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The trout action has been good after a 1,000-pound plant on Tuesday this week at the east dam. There was also a plant two weeks ago. 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 Mice Tails top baits. Duncan Ashley, Hemet, caught a 5.92-pound rainbow at the west dam on a jerk bait (before this week’s plant). Still light fishing pressure on the stripers, but a few fish are showing 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 on nightcrawlers 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 www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: More and more pre-spawn bass up into the shoreline areas, especially along the north shore, and they have been fair in both a morning and afternoon bite on plastic worms and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear have best on the tire reef this week, but some are also showing in the marina on meal worms, red worms, and cricket-tipped jigs. Trout slow with no plant in over a month. A few catfish and carp from 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 striper bite was perked by the water flowing into the lake again, and the bite has been fair to good. The best action has been at Ramp No. 2, the dam and inlet areas, and when trout are planted. Topwater baits, swimbaits, shad, and cut mackerel, sardines, or blood worms are all getting the stripers. Larry Michaels, San Jacinto, had a seven-pound striper on chicken liver and Ramp No. 2, while Kimmy Sands, Fallbrook, had two stripers on nightcrawlers at the inlet, including one at nine pounds. The largemouth bite has also been fair to good with the fish moving shallow and some fish already on spawning beds. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet, but swim baits are also producing some good fish to five pounds. The bluegill bite has picked up with a fair bite off the points adjacent to the Shaven Rock. Most are being caught on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs. Trout are also very slow, but a DFW plant was slated to go in this week. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: The bites are finally starting to turn on here. The carp bite is very good on dough baits with most of the fish in the two-pound range, but some bigger. The first crappie of the season was landed Sunday. It was about 1 1/4-pounds. The catfish are also starting to show in better numbers with fish to six pounds reported on cutbaits this week. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

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