Riverside County, Feb. 22 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in last, and the bite has been pretty good in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the launch ramp. Small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails all working with fish to six pounds reported so far. The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure, and the largemouth bass bite is really starting to take off. Most are showing on plastics, but big swimbaits also getting fish. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing for fly-trollers or anglers tossing big swimbaits. 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 to fair fishing as the lake level continues to come 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. But fish are also already starting to nose around in shallower water on warm days. The bluegill are also finally starting to pick up a little off the marina docks, with a 1-pounder landed by Juan Cedeno, Riverside, on a jig, and a three-quarter-pounder caught by Mike Johnson, Perris, on a cricket. Trout slow. 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. Freddy Ramirez, Winchester, had a pair of stripers, including one at 5 pounds. The largemouth action lulled again with the cooler weather, but has begun to pick up. Samantha Bridges, Murrieta, landed a 6.4-pound bass on a nightcrawler in the cove across from the marina. Trout were planted last Wednesday, and the bite has been fair around the launch ramp with a few fish to 4 pounds reported. Chartreuse or garlic PowerBait have been the best bets. 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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