Riverside County, June 21 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on largemouth bass is 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. 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, and the crappie bite has come back on a little this week. Both species are showing in four to 20 feet of water. Top spots for the bluegill have been all the shorelines with flooded brush (the entire east end these days) or rip-rap at the dam and marina areas. The only reports of crappie have been from the marina docks, and bluegill are also showing from the docks. 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. Nathaniel Castro, Hemet, landed two crappie and the big one was 1-8, both on jigs. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics or nightcrawlers. Benson Whitterman III, San Jacinto, landed a pair of bass and his best was a 3-8, both on Robo Worms. 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 catfish action is very good into gear 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. Christopher Gallo, Murrieta, had a 6-4 cat to top off his three-fish, all on chicken liver along Catfish Alley. Wayne Chung Lee, Chino Hills, had a pair of cats to 6 pounds on anchovies at Ramp No. 2. The striper bite is 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. Jimmy Bailey, Temecula, had a 5-1 striper on a nightcrawler 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 some fish showing on topwater frogs and jerk baits but the bite is very early in the day. There was a 400-pound catfish plant June 4 and the next plant will be next week (June 22). 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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