Riverside County, March 15 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in Tuesday this week, and the bite has been excellent around the marina on Wednesday this week. The trout were being landed on a variety of small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails, and fish to 6 pounds have been reported already. The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good. They are moving tight to the shorelines for the spawn. Most are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers, but a few are still being caught on swimbaits. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. 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, the backside of the island, and east end on plastics in eight to 20 feet of water, with more and more fish even shallower as the spawn approaches. Riley Kolich, Norco, had a 4.5-pound bass on a plastic at the main launch ramp. The bluegill are slow again this week. Only the carp are showing any signs of life, with a few more fish showing for anglers targeting these fish. Trout slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising at the rate of one vertical foot every 10 days right now. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 7, this year. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: Trout were planted this week and two weeks ago. The bite has been fair around Ramp No. 2 and inlet on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Cahterine Jones, Lake Elsinore, had two rainbows on nightcrawlers at the inlet, and her big fish was a five pounder. The bigger bluegill are starting to show in 15-plus feet of water on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and jigs tipped with was worms. Loui Santiago, Temecula, had three bluegill to 1.9 pounds near Ramp No. 2. The striper and black bass action is fair. The stripers are mostly showing in deeper water near the dam, inlet, and off main lake points on cut baits, with a few on lures closer to the surface. The largemouth are moving shallow for the spawn and showing on small reaction baits, jigs, and plastics with some in less than 10 feet of water already. Catfish are slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

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