Riverside County, June 22 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: Both the bluegill and largemouth bites are very good here. The bass have really started to break open, especially on topwater baits, 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. Victor Pardo, Corona, caught a dozen bluegill that weighed a total of 11.32 pounds using jigs fishing off the bank. 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 bluegill/redear and largemouth bites are pretty good. The bass have really started to break open, especially on topwater baits, and a lot of fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. Christopher Benito, Riverside, had a six-pound largemouth fishing Senkos off Lots 11 and 12, while Mike Williams, Moreno Valley, had three bass to 4.6 pounders on plastics east of the island. The bluegill and redear bites are good, improved from last week, with the best action east of the island or at the dam on small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms. Allen and Molly Chin, Orange, had a mixed stringer of five bluegill and redear to 1.4 pounder on crickets and meal worms at the dam. Anglers targeting carp are reporting some nice fish on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. Also no catfish reports. 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 heat has knocked back fishing pressure, but there has been a fair bite on catfish, stripers, largemouth, and bluegill. The stripers are showing in deeper water at the inlet and at the dam buoy line, mostly on cut baits and shad-like crank and swimbaits early and late in the day. Stephen Yang, Murrieta, had three stripers and his best was an eight-pounder caught on chicken liver at the inlet. The catfish are also at the dam and near launch ramp No. 2 on cut baits. The largemouth are best early and late in the day on topwater and plastics. Brian Jackson, Oceanside, had a 4.5-pounder on a nightcrawler off the south shoreline. The bluegill bite is mostly on smaller fish around reeds and other cover. 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: The lake is full, but 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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