Riverside County, June 28 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The last was closed to fishing and all other recreational activities last Thursday due to a blue-green algae bloom. The closure is senseless because there is no body contact allowed, but the MWD is calling the closure a public health issue because the algae releases cyanotoxins that may be toxic to humans because of long-term contact or ingestion. Anglers should check with the marina, Last Chance Bait and Tackle, or the lake headquarters to see if the closure has been lifted. It was only expected to last about a week. Before the closure, the fishing had been pretty good in spite of the algae mats all around the lake, and the bloom was subsiding the day the lake was closed and has improved steadily since. 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 six 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, but a 17-pounder was reported just before last week’s recreation closure. 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 just fair 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. Kenny Channorang, Pomona, landed a 7.95-pound bass fishing fat Ika. 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. Marcus Gonzalez, San Dimas, landed a seven-pound catfish on anchovies at Ramp No. 2, while Karla Jacobson, Temecula, had a 6-2 catfish. 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. Bluegill are fair 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. Richard Gitlin, Murrieta, landed a 1-3 bluegill on a nightcrawler across from the marina, but 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 last Friday, and the next plant will be July 6. 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 at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

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