Riverside County, April 12 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: There was a 3,500-pound trout plant this week, and the bite has really taken off in the coves adjacent to the marina. The trout are showing on small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails. The bite on largemouth bass is good, but many fish have backed away from the shorelines. Most are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers, but a few are still being caught on swimbaits. Aaron Brown, Riverside, landed a 6.52-pound bass on a plastic. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. The bluegill and catfish bites also starting to improve. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. 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: The largemouth bass bite has been good this past week as the fish are all over the shallows now with the warm weather. Best action on plastics and small swimbaits. Dennis Graham, Orange, landed four bass on jerk baits in the east end and his best was a 10.17-pounder. Gil Rowe, Victorville, caught a 9-pounder on an underspin in six feet of water. The bluegill fair to good with the fish showing in the marina, at Sail Cove, and all over the east end on jigs tipped with meal worms and wax worms. Fish to 1-8 reported this week. Trout and catfish slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising at the rate of 1 vertical foot every 10 days right now. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, this Saturday. The event includes a free barbecue for the kids. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The largemouth bass bite has surged again over the past week with the fish still up shallow and many in mid-spawn. They are showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Top fish reported was a 4-6 landed by Oleander Dunn, Temecula, on a nightcrawler near the launch buoy line. The striper bite has been fair to good from the inlet to the north and the coves adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Shad, white jigs, and shad-like swim baits are the best artificials. Anchovies, chicken liver, and mackerel are the best baits. The early morning bite has been best. The bigger bluegill are starting to show in 8 to 12 feet of water on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and jigs tipped with wax worms or Crappie Nibbles. Both the county and DFW stocked two weeks ago, but the bite has slowed way down. This was the final county plant of the season. Best action has been at Ramp No. 2 on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Alejandro Suarez, Menifee, caught two trout and his best was a 3-2 rainbow, both on PowerBait. Catfish surprisingly slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. The 6th Annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be May 5-6 with $15,000 in cash and prizes. For fishing and derby information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: Due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.


FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook.

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