Riverside County, June 7 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good on plastics, swimbaits, or nightcrawlers. The early morning topwater bite is also starting. The bluegill, redear, and catfish bites also starting to improve, especially the panfish. The action has been along most shorelines with the fish in spawning mode. Stripers have also improved in the past week on big swimbaits 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. Sonny de la Torre, Riverside, again reported bluegill to 12-inches (about two pounds) caught slow-trolling homemade jigs with blades on four-pound test line. The largemouth bass bite has been fair around much of the lake. Soloman Phelon, Apple Valley, had a 5-2 bass on a plastic, while Gilbert Gonzales, Moreno Valley, landed a 4-pounder. Also a few crappie, catfish, and carp reports. 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 lake was closed to fishing June 1-3 for the annual Balloon and Wine Festival. Overall bite has been fair to good for all species right now, with catfish really turning on in recent days. The best action has been on cut baits, but chicken liver and garlic shrimp have been the hot baits. James Wells, San Bernardino, had a 6-pound cat on anchovies at Ramp No. 2, while Doug Perez, Temecula, landed a 5-2 on chicken liver mid-lake. 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 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. 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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