Riverside County, March 3 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 perked up after a 1,000-pound plant on Tuesday this week and the last plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows was 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 Mice Tails top baits. 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 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 951-658-7410.

PERRIS: The warm weather continues to bring more and more pre-spawn bass up into the shoreline areas, especially along the north shore, and they have been fair in an afternoon bite on plastic worms and nightcrawlers. Stan Holmes, Anza, landed a four-pound bass on a Robo Worm in Sail Cove. The redear bite turned on in the marina over the past few days with slow to fair action on meal worms fished right on the bottom. Also some bluegill in this bite. The most recent DFW trout plant was three 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 and largemouth, with a few bluegill, catfish, and trout being landed. 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. 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, was back this week and had two more largemouth to 5-8 fishing nightcrawlers near Ramp No. 2. While few catfish have been reported the last couple of weeks, Jason Fields, San Jacinto, landed a 10-1 catfish on chicken liver northwest of the marina. The bluegill are starting to show near Ramp 2 on the usual array of meal worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs, but this bite is tough. Trout are also very slow, with the most recent DFW plant over a month ago, but Luis Gonzalez, San Jacinto, had a 5-2 rainbow on a tube jig at Ramp No. 2. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No reports. There were 1,600 pounds of catfish 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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