Riverside County, Feb. 9 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. The trout action has been slow to fair with the most recent plant a 3,500-pound Mt. Lassen stock three weeks ago. But DFW rainbows were slated to go in this week. 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 continue to be caught in pretty fair numbers on a variety of slow-fished plastic baits. Chuck Lewis, Banning, had seven bass to 4.1 pounds on a Creature Bait fished on a football jig head fishing west of the island. Joseph Ferguson, Moreno Valley, had six bass to 3.2 pounds on drop-shot Senkos at the marina docks. The carp bite, which has slowed down, came back on a little this week, especially in the east end at Lots 11 and 12. Andy Chow, Buena Park, had a mixed stringer of bass (on plastics) and carp (on homemade dough bait). His best carp was a 4.2-pounder. 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. DFW trout plants this week and four 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. 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: The catfish action has been the best bet 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. Patrick Thompson, Oceanside, had a pair of catfish and his best was a 12.9-pounder, while Thomas Ryan Thorpe, Winchester, landed a 9.7-pound cat. Country trout plants this week and two weeks ago. DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Overall, slow to fair action on the rainbows with the best bite in the east end along the coves. PowerBait and small trout plastics and jigs are the best get. The striper bite slow to just fair this week, but the fish being landed have been in open water at mid-lake and along the south shore on swimbaits, jerkbaits, and a few on cutbaits. The afternoon bite was best this past week. 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, but it is still 15 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: fishinglakes.com.

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

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