Riverside County, Feb. 16 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The striped bass bite continues to improve with fair action over the past week and quite a few better quality fish. Most anglers are slow-trolling flies, using umbrella rigs, or tossing trout-like swimbaits from shore, but the bite has been improving at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. DFW trout were planted at the launch ramp Feb. 7 and a 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows is slated for Feb. 22. Small trout jigs, Kastmasters, inflated nightcrawlers with scent, and PowerBait have been the best bets. The largemouth bite has been slow on swimbaits at mid-depths or in deeper water on drop-shot plastics. Fishing off the islands or main points has been best. Panfish have been slow, but a few crappie were reported this week on small jigs tipped with bait. No bluegill or redear reports. 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 has continued to improve with fair to good action this past week in 15 to 20 feet of water on plastics and jigs. Many anglers report three or four fish days. Chris Abernathy, Ontario, had a 6-12 bass on a crankbait south of the island, while Ricky Gonzalez, Yucaipa, landed a 6-5 on a swimbait. Jake Brown, Riverside, had three bass to five pounds slow trolling cranks. The trout bite has been fair after a DFW plant last Tuesday. The rainbows have been best in Sail Cove and Lots 11 and 12. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics. Few other reports with no bluegill or carp reported this past week. Light fishing pressure. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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: County trout plants last week and next week. DFW trout planted this week and two weeks ago. The trout action continues to improve with each plant. The best bite has been in the east end along the coves. PowerBait and small trout plastics and jigs are the best bets. The catfish action has been fair with some nice fish showing in the east end, at the buoy line, inlet, and mid-lake. Most are showing on cut baits with garlic shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel the best bets. Patricia Salas, Pico Rivera, had three catfish to 11.2 pounds caught on mackerel or anchovies mid-lake. The striper bite improved with pretty fair action and some bigger fish showing, perhaps enticed by the trout plants. Top spot is still along the south shore and inlet. Tyler Fernandez, Murrieta, landed a 7.7-pound striper on a nightcrawler at the inlet. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair along the south shorelines jigs, plastics, and nightcrawlers in deeper water. The bluegill bite has been very slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing information. Lake level is up with runoff, but it is 16 feet below the outflow channel. 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: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

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