Riverside County, Feb. 2 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. The trout action has been slow to fair after a 3,500-pound Mt. Lassen plant two weeks ago. Small trout jigs, Kastmasters, inflated nightcrawlers with scent, and PowerBait have been the best bets. The largemouth bite has been slow to fair 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 improved with the warmer weather this past week with a fair to good afternoon bite along the north shore on plastics. Curtis Bell of Moreno Valley had three bass with his best a 9-pounder, all caught from a float tube on a Texas-rigged Senko. Joesph Serna of Moreno Valley had a 4-pound bass off the marina docks. A few bluegill and redear have been reported off the west side of the island in 20 to 25 feet of water on red worms and meal worms. The most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago, and a few rainbows continue to show on PowerBait, Power Mice or small jigs and lures. No carp reports this week, but this bite has been fair to good on homemade dough baits all along the north shore from Sail Cove to the launch ramps and off the marina docks. 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 plant last week and three weeks ago and DFW trout also went in two weeks ago. Overall, the trout bite is fair at mid-lake and in the east end with most showing on PowerBait or small trout jigs. The striper bite has been fair to good on swimbaits and jerkbaits early in the day for fish schooled in open water under shad, while the afternoon bite is best on bait, mostly sardines or chicken liver. Donald Lee of Chino Hills had a 6.7-pound striper on anchovies off the south shore. The rain has stirred up the catfish and some nicer fish are showing at the buoy line and Ramp No. 2. Melinda Lopez of Temecula had three catfish to 12.2 pounds on chicken liver. 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 coming up quickly 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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