Riverside County, March 1 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in two weeks ago, and the bite has been fair in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the launch ramp. Small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails all working but no big fish reported this week. The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure, and the largemouth bass bite is really starting to take off. Most are showing on plastics, but big swimbaits also getting fish. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing for fly-trollers or anglers tossing big swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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: Slow to fair fishing as the lake level continues to come back up. The largemouth have been the best bet for anglers fishing off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 20 to 45 feet of water. But fish are also already starting to nose around in shallower water on warm days. The bluegill are also finally starting to pick up a little off the marina docks and the island. The carp also started showing again this past week, with a couple of bruisers landed. Giovani Garcia, Riverside, landed a 23-pound carp on a jig, while Abraham Vallarta, Fontana, had a pair of carp, including a 30-pounder in the marina. Trout slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising. 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 late received a copper sulfate (bluestone) treatment last Friday, which really hammered the weekend bite. The bass and catfish bites went in the tank, but a few stripers have continued to show near the inlet in 30-feet of water on cut baits or small, shad-like swimbaits and jigs. Jackson Gallo, San Jacinto, landed a 6-2 striper on a sardine.

Trout were planted Wednesday this week and two weeks ago. The bite has been slow around the launch ramp. Chartreuse or garlic PowerBait has been the best bet. Jenni Marilyn, Winchester, had rainbows at three and four pounds late last week, both on chartreuse garlic PowerBait at ramp No. 2 (just before the bluestone treatment). Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Some reports of crappie to two pounds showing this week on bobber-suspended jigs, and the bass are moving tight to shoreline cover for the spawn. For fishing 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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