Riverside County, Aug. 3 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair to good. The bass are steady with good action on topwater baits early in the morning, and a lot of fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. A lot of anglers reporting 10- to 25-fish stringers of bluegill and/or redear with some at a pound or better. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits getting the panfish, and the top spots have been the ladders on the dams for boat anglers and the second cove to the right of the marina for shore anglers. The catfish bite is slow to fair with little pressures. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. Striped bass have been slow, but guide Mike Southerland and his wife Yvonne had fish to 8 pounds flycore trolling with flies this week. They also landed at least one big carp (10-plus pounds). 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: Busy recreational boat traffic has hampered fishing, especially on weekends, but there continues to be fair to good bluegill action and a pretty fair bass bite, especially early and late in the day. The bass are mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with a lot of fish topping four pounds but most 1-8 to 2-8. The outside edges of weed beds have been the top spots. David Wright, Perris, had a three-pound bass on a nightcrawler fishing near the dam. The bluegill and redear bites are still best east of the island, along the dam, lots 11 and 12, and off the marina docks. Lots of weed beds to deal with, but the bite is decent early and late in the day. Crickets, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms are all getting fish. Juan Cedeno, Riverside, had 10 bluegill to a pound fishing crickets and meal worms off the marina docks. A few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Also a few catfish reports from the north shore on cut baits and nightcrawlers. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled 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 catfish bite has been good, while the largemouth and striper bites remain just fair. The catfish bite has been best on cut baits along Catfish Alley, at Ramp No. 2, and all along the south shore coves, especially near the tules. There was also a county catfish plant slated for this week. Top cat reported was a 12.7-pounder landed by Greg Montgomery, Long Beach, fishing garlic shrimp at Ramp No. 2. Allie and James Smythe, Temecula, and three catfish to 10-12 on chicken liver off the south shoreline, while Jami Bouza, West Covina, landed cats at nine and six pounds on chicken liver at the dam. The stripers remain fair with early morning and late evening boils on shad, especially at the inlet and buoy line, but most fish are showing in deep water on sardines or chicken liver. The largemouth bass bite has been fair with some topwater early on frogs or other surface baits, and then on plastics. The bluegill bite is slow to fair, with mostly on smaller fish around reeds and other cover along the north shore. Wax worms, crickets, and meal worms have been top baits. Carp are getting little pressure, but the bite has been good on dough baits in Catfish Alley and along the south shore. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. For fishing 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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