Riverside County, April 27 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The final trout plant of the season, 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows, went in last week. The action has been fair since since the weekend with the fish dispersing from the marina and boat launch areas. The largemouth bass bite is still good but most of the fish are now out of the spawn but still in less than 15 feet of water. Reaction baits and plastics have been best. The bluegill bite is also improving with the fish moving into less than 15 feet of water for the spawn, and they are 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 dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The largemouth bass bite is good but slowed from last week. Most of the fish are still in less than 20 feet of water, but the spawn is pretty much over. The best bite is on plastics and reaction baits. Scott Breyes, Anaheim, had four bass to 4.2 pounds on Senkos along the south shore. The bluegill and redear bites are breaking wide open with a lot of fish on beds spawning now. Many fish in less than eight feet of water. The bite is best on small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. Edward Herbert, Rialto, had 12 redear to 1.3 pounds on meal worms and wax worms in the east end. Trout are slow, but a few are showing on the north side of the lake after the DFW plant last week. 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 continued to be good with a lot of fish in a post-spawn, feeding frenzy. The most fish are being landed on plastics, Flukes, or jigs in less than 15 feet of water, but a lot of bigger fish on swimbaits. Brandon Morris, Rialto, had an 8.9-pound bass on a jerk bait. Alfred Rivers, San Clemente, had three bass to 6.9 pounds on nightcrawlers. 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. 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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