Riverside County, July 5 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics, swimbaits, or nightcrawlers. The early morning topwater bite is also fair. The bluegill, redear, and catfish bites are also pretty decent, especially the panfish. The panfish action has been along most shorelines with structure but out in 6 to 18 feet of water around the weed beds and algae. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few on big swimbaits or trolled flies early in the day. 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: 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. A few crappie continue to show, but the marina area has slowed for all species. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all been good for the bluegill, while the crappie are showing on small jigs, and tipping them with Crappie Nibbles is a good idea. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics or nightcrawlers. Josh Corbitt, Moreno Valley, had a 6.43-pound bass on a Fat Ika at Lot 11 from shore. There is a good carp bite on dough baits for the carp specialists with some fish to 14 pounds reported. 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 two to five-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. Donald Woo Chung, Temecula, landed a 7-pound cat on anchovies, while Danny Burnside, Rancho Bernardo, had three cats to 6-2. 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 slow to fair at the inlet and dam area, mostly on the same cut baits as the cats. Still some on shad-like cranks and swimbaits early. Bluegill slowed with a few still showing on red worms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs at Ramp No. 1 and across from the marina and the fish are mostly 10 feet down or deeper. Richard Kaplin, Chula Vista, had a 1-2 bluegill on a nightcrawler. There was a 400-pound catfish plant two weeks ago, and another plant was slated for this Friday. 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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