Riverside County, Feb. 23 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The striped bass bite has been off and on over the past week. The best bite has been for anglers are slow-trolling flies or tossing trout-like swimbaits from shore. Also more fish showing from the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. A 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows was set to go in this week. Small trout jigs, Kastmasters, inflated nightcrawlers with scent, and PowerBait have been the best bets. The largemouth bite is improving with the fish starting to move shallower in a pre-spawn movement of fish. Drop-shot plastics and swimbaits off the islands or main points have 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 weather front slowed all the bites this past week. The largemouth bass continue fair in 15 to 20 feet of water on plastics and jigs. Tops reported was a 4.1-pounder landed by Nate Dray, Riverside, on a Senko and jig combo at the marina docks. Curtis Henderson, Fontana, landed a 3.2-pound bass on a jig off the south side of the island. Trout are slow to fair with the most recent DFW plant two weeks ago. 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, but there was a 20-pound striper landed Wednesday this week while fly trolling with guide Mike Southerland. 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 this week and two weeks ago and DFW trout went in last week and three weeks ago. The trout action continues to improve with each plant, and the best action has been at Launch Ramp No. 2 and in the coves in the east end. PowerBait and small trout plastics and jigs are the best bets. Dustin Lopez, Oceanside, had five trout to 4.2 pounds. The striper bite turned on with the inlet, mid-lake, and Ramp 2 areas the best bet. Swimbaits and cut baits are both getting fish. Tammy Valdez, San Diego, had a 6.2-pound striper near the inlet on anchovies. 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. 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. 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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