Riverside County, April 26 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: There was a 3,500-pound trout plant two weeks ago, and the bite has been fair but slowing down quickly as the fish disperse and shallows warm up. A few fish still showing on small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails. The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good, but many fish have backed away from the shorelines as the spawn winds down. Most are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers, but a few are still being caught on swimbaits. 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, but the fish are backing out of the shallows as the spawn winds down. Mostly smaller fish in the one to three-pound class showing on plastics and reaction baits, but a 6-pounder was caught by Chyna Druskovich, San Pedro, on a nightcrawler on the back side of the island. 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. Lots of half-pounders and some bigger. Carp are pretty good for the handful of anglers targeting them. Jesus Alcaraz, Beaumont, caught a 19-pounder off the marina dock on a corn-dough bait. The lake level continues to come up. 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 been fair to good as the spawn winds down. Still a low of fish up shallow, but mostly males guarding beds. The bass are showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Top fish reported was a 8-4 landed by Chris Cummings, Mira Loma, on a plastic Senko-type bait in the east end. Randy Steller, Winchester, had a 7-pound bass on a plastic worm off the point near Ramp No. 2. The striper action continues pretty fair early and late in the day at the dam on cut baits, mostly mackerel, chicken liver, or sardines. Live shad is best if you can dip some, but frozen shad is also a good bet. Bluegill are fair with some good scores reported by good jig anglers. Other species have been slow with few reports. 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

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