Riverside County, Feb. 1 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure. Fly-trolling or big swimbaits have been the way to go for the stripers with the best action at the inlet-outlet tower, around the marina, and along the west dam. The largemouth have been showing on the trolled flies, swimbaits, umbrella rigs, or drop-shot plastics in deeper water. The trout bite has slowed since the 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows three weeks ago, but there is a slow to fair bite in the coves adjacent to the marina for shore anglers, and the action has been best on small jigs, MiceTails, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers with garlic. Some fish to five pounds reported and many are solid two pounders. The next plant will be Feb. 13 when another 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows will go in. The bluegill and catfish bites are very 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: Slow fishing with light fishing pressure as the lake level comes back up. The largemouth have been the best bet for anglers fishing best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 20 to 45 feet of water. Phillip Ellison, Moreno Valley, had a four-pound bass on a Roboworm in Lot 11. A few trout from the first of the season over a month ago are still showing at lots 11 and 12 on small spinners or PowerBait. Bluegill and redear are mostly slow with only a few bluegill showing off the marina docks, at the tire reef, and off the backside of the island on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising, and it is expected to be at the new full pool level by summer. 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 striper bite has stayed fair to good over the past week with the anglers able to dip live shad really hammering the fish, but the bite on frozen sardines is nearly as good. Top spots have been at the inlet and the shoreline areas adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Top striper was a 20-pounder caught by Jackie Miser, Temecula, near the inlet on a sardine. Dallas Earnest, Chula Vista, had a pair of stripers to 7.4 pounds on live shad in North Bay, while Terry Santiago, Los Angeles, had three stripers to 6.2 pounds on sardines near Ramp No. 2. The largemouth action has been slow to fair on plastics along the north shore, east end, and Launch Ramp No. 1 area. The trout bite has been slow, but there was a 600-pound plant Wednesday this week. A few catfish were reported this week, but the bite is still pretty slow. Bluegill also slow. 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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