Riverside County, July 12 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The lake remains closed due to the algae bloom. This closure was supposed to lift last week, but new tests have kept the closure in place since late June. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. For an update on the closure, 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: The bluegill bite has been fair to good this past week with most of the action shifting into deeper water in the east end and off the island. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all been good for the bluegill. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics or nightcrawlers, with some topwater action early in the day. Alex Gandy, Moreno Valley, had a 5-pound bass in the marina on a jig. Few carp, crappie, or catfish reported this week. 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 is very good with a lot of 2- to 5-pound fish caught on cutbaits, mostly chicken liver, garlic shrimp, mackerel, or anchovies. The top spots have been Launch Ramp No. 2, Catfish Alley, and most coves. Anna Maria Sanchez, Pico Rivera, had a pair of catfish to 7-1 on mackerel at Ramp No. 2, while Chris Kalends, Oceanside, landed a 6-4 on chicken liver, also at Ramp No. 2. The largemouth bass bite has been very good, mostly on frogs and other topwater baits early and late in the day. Some on plastics outside the early-late routine. The striper bite is fair at the inlet and dam area, and quite a few fish have been boiling around the marina and off Launch Ramp No. 1 this past week. Early and late are the best times to fish, and most fish are on cut baits or shad-like baits fished in the boils. Reanna Penguino, Murrieta, had four stripers to 2 pounds on chicken liver at the dam. Bluegill slowed with a few still showing on red worms, wax worms, nightcrfawlers, and small jigs at Ramp No. 1 and across from the marina and the fish are mostly 10 feet down or deeper. There was a 400-pound catfish plant last week. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. For fishing and derby 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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