Riverside County, April 20 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The final trout plant of the season, 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows, went in this week. There was also a plant five weeks ago. The action has been good since the plant Tuesday, and the marina area has been the top spot. The largemouth bass bite is very good with spawning fish still mostly shallow. Most of the fish are up in less than 15 feet of water and many are in two to three feet of water. Most are smaller fish to three pounds, with a few bigger fish are showing now. The bluegill bite is also improving with the fish moving into less than 15 feet of water and showing on wax worms, meal worms, and crickets. The dam ladders are the top spots. The striper bite has been slow, but some fish are still showing on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The largemouth bass bite is good with the fish mostly in shallow water as the spawn tails off. The best bite is on small plastics, jigs, and reaction baits. While the bass are showing around the lake, the east end and around the island have been the best spots. The bluegill and redear bites are just starting with most of the fish in four to 20 feet of water and moving shallower. Most are taking small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. Trout are fair on the north side of the lake and a DFW plant is slated for this week and there was a plant two weeks ago. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics. No other reports. Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and on schedule to be done by early next year. 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 largemouth bass bite has broken wide open with fish in the shallows for the spawn. The fish are showing all around the lake on plastics and jigs in less than eight feet of water. Also some quality fish being landed. A 9.9-pounder was caught by Timothy Knolls, Pico Rivera, on a nightcrawler off the north shore. Brady Santiago, Rialo, landed an 8.9-pounder, also on a nightcrawler, across from the marina. Final county trout plant of the season was four weeks ago, but DFW fish went in last week and two weeks ago. The bite is slow to fair in the Ramp 2 area on inflated nightcrawlers and PowerBait. The bluegill bite also started to improve with fair to good action as the fish move up shallower for the spawn. The buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. The striper bite is also fair to good at the inlet, mid-lake, and Ramp 2 areas. Swimbaits and cut baits are both getting fish, but jigging spoons and even some topwater baits have produced. The catfish action has slow with only a few fish showing in the east end, at the buoy line, inlet, and mid-lake. Most are being caught on cut baits with garlic shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel the best bets. There was a 23-pounder reported but the angler left without leaving a name. Patt Michaelson, Temecula, landed a 10.2-pound cat on a piece of chicken liver at the inlet. Lake Skinner is currently 72 percent of capacity. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No reports. Lake level is up with runoff. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: The lake is full thanks to recent rains and runoff, but due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information: fishinglakes.com.

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

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