Riverside County, Dec. 21 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout bite has slowed way down since the 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows two weeks ago. Still a few showing on PowerBait, MiceTails, and small trout jigs. The angler who catches the heaviest trout in December will free annual pass. The striped bass bite continues to be fair for anglers trolling flies or other shad-like lures and casting trout-like swimbaits now that trout have been planted. The stripers have been showing at the inlet-outlet tower, around the marina, and along the west dam. The largemouth bite is fair, with the best action on drop-shot plastics in deeper water — 15-feet and deeper — but striper trollers and those casting swimbaits are also getting some better largemouth to seven pounds. The bluegill and catfish bites are slow. 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 bass and bluegill action have continued to slow down with very little fishing pressure. The largemouth have been best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 12 to 25 feet of water, while the bluegill and a few redear are showing off the marina docks, the tire reef, and the backside of the island on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. No catfish, carp, or striper reports this week, and there is no word on when trout plants will start from DFW. 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: A trout plant went in Wednesday this week and another two weeks ago. Slow to fair bite at Ramp No. 2 on PowerBait and MiceTails. This was the fourth plant of the season. The striper bite has been fair to good at the dam and inlet or rocky areas along the north shore. Live shad is the candy bait if you can get it, but small swimbaits or topwater baits working during boils, cutbaits are the ticket the rest of the time. Teri Spelling, Murietta, had a five-pound striper on a nightcrawler near the dam. The catfish bite is slow, but anglers targeting them are getting a few, mostly on cut baits. There is a fair largemouth bite on plastics and nightcrawlers along the north shore and Ramp No. 1. Tyler Samson, Winchester, landed a seven-pound bass on a jig from the east end. 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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