Riverside County, July 20 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: Both the bluegill and largemouth bites are good here. The bass are steady with good action on topwater baits early in the morning, and a lot of fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. A lot of anglers reporting 10- to 25-fish stringers of bluegill and/or redear with some at a pound or better. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits getting the panfish, and the top spots have been the ladders on the dams for boat anglers and the second cove to the right of the marina for shore anglers. The catfish bite is slow to fair with little pressures. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. 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: Both the panfish and largemouth bites continue to be fair to good, especially early and late in the day. The bass are mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with a lot of fish topping four pounds but most 1-8 to 2-8. The outside edges of weed beds have been the top spots. Sheila Rutherford, Nuevo, had a 4-3 bass off the marina docks. The bluegill and redear bites are good, with the best action still east of the island, along the dam, lots 11 and 12, and off the marina docks. Lots of weed beds to deal with, but the bite is good early and late in the day. Crickets, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms are all getting fish. John Baker, Menfee, had seven bluegill and his top fish was a 1-6, all on wax worms off the marina docks. A few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Also a few catfish reports this week on the north shore on cut baits and nightcrawlers. Matthews Trempe, Perris, had a 15-pounder on a nightcrawler. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early next year. 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 bite has been good, while the largemouth and striper bites remains pretty fair. The catfish bite has been best on cut baits at Ramp No. 2, along the south shore, and in Catfish Alley. Annette Salas, Pico Rivera, had a 10.1-pound catfish on mackerel at Ramp No. 2. Christopher Smith, Laguna Niguel, landed a 9.4-pound catfish on chicken liver, also near Ramp No. 2. The stripers remain fair to good with early morning and late evening boils on shad, especially at the inlet and buoy line. Ricky Sanchez, Murrieta, had a 9.1-pound striper on a jerk bait at the inlet. The largemouth bass bite has been fair with some topwater early on frogs or other surface baits. The bluegill bite is mostly on smaller fish around reeds and other cover, and it has been fair at best. Wax worms and meal worms have been top baits. Carp are getting little pressure, but the bite has been good on dough baits in Catfish Alley and along the south shore. 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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