Riverside County, June 14 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good on plastics, swimbaits, or nightcrawlers. The early morning topwater bite is also pretty good. 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. 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 good to excellent. The fish are showing from 4 to 35 feet of water, with the bigger fish in deeper water. Top spots have been all the shorelines with flooded brush (the entire east end these days) or rip-rap at the dam and marina areas. The backside of the island has also been very good. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all be good, and many anglers are fishing small jigs tipped with bait. Christopher Esqueda, Eastvale, had a 2.7-pound bluegill on a meal worm fished under a bobber in lots 11 and 12. The largemouth bass bite has been fair and improving around much of the lake, with the best bite on plastics or nightcrawlers. Jared Way, Chino, had a 10-pound bass in Sail Cove on a plastic. Also a few crappie, catfish, and carp reports. Dylan Bartel, Highland, landed a 14.5-pound carp. The lake level continues to come up. 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 heat has really kicked the catfish action into gear with a lot of 2- to 5-pound fish caught on cutbaits, mostly chicken liver or anchovies. Ronni Long, Murrieta, caught a 6-pound catfish at Ramp No. 2 on anchovies, while Christopher Smith, Murrieta, landed a 5.8 pound cat in Catfish Alley on anchovies. The striper action has been best at the inlet, dam, and mid-lake points, with the fish mostly in deeper water except early in the morning. Chicken liver, anchovies, and other cut baits have been best, but some on shad-like cranks and swimbaits early. James Swimmer, Temecula, had a 4-pound striper on chicken liver at the inlet. Bluegill are fair to good 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. The bulk of the fish are small right now. The largemouth bass bite been just fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. There are even fish showing on topwater frogs and jerk baits now, and the best bite has been early mornings. There was a 400-pound catfish plant last week and the next plant is set for June 4. 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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