Fish Report: Riverside County, May 9 Ed

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass action has been fair to good with a lot of fish from three to five pounds showing in 15 to 30 feet of water. Some topwater action now early and late in the day when the fish are up chasing bait, but drop-shotting plastics has been the most consistent bet. The striper bite slowed a little this past week, but the action has been best for white fly trollers or on tossed surface baits and swim baits. Most are five to six pounds with a few bigger. The bluegill bite is starting to kick into gear with the best action in six to 20 feet of water as the fish move in for the spawn. Most fish under a pound with a few bigger fish showing on red worms, wax worms, or meal worms. Small jigs tipped with bait are also a good bet. Catfish reports are increasing each week as more catfish anglers target these fish cut cut baits in six to 40 feet of water. Trout slowed way down with the heat, but a few are still showing on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, and small jigs. Boats inspected and tagged “quagga free” at Diamond Valley will also be allowed on Perris and Silverwood. 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 largemouth bass bite has been fair to good, slowing a little this past week, with the best bite still in the east end of the lake. The fish are showing on everything from topwater and reaction baits to deep-water jigs and nightcrawlers. When in doubt, fish a drop-shot plastic. Brian Place II, 6, Hemet, landed a 2.2-pound bass on a nightcrawler fished on a shaky head jig. The bluegill and redear are moving up shallow in six to 10 feet or less of water for the spawn. Good action on small nightcrawlers, red worms, wax worms, or meal worms. Small jigs also working well. Lorenzo Martinez, Moreno Valley, had 25 bluegill and redear to 1.8 pounds from the east end fishing crickets and red worms. Trout have been slowing way down, but a DFW plant is slated for next week. F few reports of crappie or catfish this past week. Carp, however, are moving shallow and can be caught on dough baits and corn. There was a 21-14 striper caught this past week by Aaron Copado, Riverside, on a swimbait near the outlet tower. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.     

SKINNER: The big news is the hot action on quality bluegill in six to 12 of water with a lot of one-pound class fish and some topping two pounds. The fish are moving up for the spawn and crickets, red worms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, and meal worms are the top baits, but small jigs are also a good bet. Edward Pierce, Torrance, had three bluegill to 1.5 pounds fishing red worms at the marina. The striper bite has been fair to good at the inlet and along the north shoreline on shad, white flies, anchovies, lug worms, sardines, anchovies, or mackerel. Cory Lindfield, Winchester, had eight stripers to eight pounds on lug worms at the inlet. The catfish bite also came on strong this week with a lot of fish to 12 pounds on chicken liver, mackerel, and other cut baits. Steven Williams, San Diego, landed 10 cats to 17 pounds on mackerel from the cove by Ramp No. 2. A catfish plant is slated for May 15. The largemouth bite also remains good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits, and there has been some topwater action this week on warm days. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.     

ELSINORE: The catfish bite has been very good with a lot of good fish from six to 10 pounds. Shad remains the best bait, but some are showing on cut mackerel and shrimp, too. The crappie are still a little tough, but the staging in about eight feet of water and a few being landed by the anglers working for the slabs. The carp bite is slow but a few smaller fish are showing on dough bait. The largemouth bass are starting to take off with some fish to four pounds reported on plastics and reaction baits. Few bluegill reports. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.

CORONA: Catfish have taken over the bite here with only a handful of trout reported this past week. The catfish are very good with a lot of limits reported thanks to heavy weekly plants that have been going in since the first of the year. The fish are averaging about two pounds each. Tommy McCaskill Jr., Los Angeles, landed a 7-12 cat, while Gary Espinoza, Corona, had a five-pounder to top off his seven-fish stringer. There will be 24-hour fishing May 16 and May 17. Information: 951-277-4489.

RANCHO JURUPA: No recent plants. Information: 951-684-7032.     

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Catfish were planted last month and have been pretty fair this past week. Tagged cats with up to $50 remain in the lake. The bass bite remains very good with the fish still shallow and showing on nightcrawlers and plastics. All bass are catch and release during the spawn. Information: 909-795-0171.     

LITTLE LAKE: No recent plants. Information: 530-526-7937.     

REFLECTION LAKE: No report. Information: 951-654-7906.   

JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: Good trout action with monthly plants. The bite is best on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers with scent added. The lake is open Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays. No catch and release allowed. No state fishing license required. Information: 951-679-6562.  

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