Riverside County, Feb. 8 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 (and it works pretty well for largemouths) with the best action at the inlet-outlet tower, around the marina, and along the west dam. The largemouth are also showing on 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 four weeks ago, but another 3,500-pound plant is slated for next Tuesday. This is a spotty bite on rainbows 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. 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 one warm days. 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. Henry Long, Murrieta, landed an eight-pound striper live shad at the inlet. The largemouth action has improved with the warm weather this past week with many fish moving up shallower. Plastics still the best bet. The trout bite has been slow even after a 600-pound plant last week. Next plant if February 14. A few catfish were reported this week, but the bite is still pretty slow. Andrew Morales, Moreno Valley, had a 9.9-pound catfish on shrimp in the west end. 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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