Riverside County, March 2 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite is improving and more and more bass are up in less than 10 feet of water. The pre-spawn movement of fish is accelerating with the most recent warm days. Most are smaller fish to three pounds, with a few bigger fish still in deeper water. The bluegill bite is also improving, although those fish are still in deeper water off the dams, with the ladders the best spots. Alex Hidalgo of Temecula caught a 1.3-pound bluegill on a nightcrawler. Trout were very good after last week’s big plant and a number of trophy fish to five pounds were landed. The marina area has continued to be the top spot. The striper bite also continues to improve with the best action on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: In spite of the widely variable weather this past week, it appears the bass are starting to move up in a major movement of pre-spawn fish. Most are now showing in less than 15 feet of water on plastics. Justin Casillo, Riverside, had three bass to 4-2 on cranks baits off Parking Lots 11 and 12. William Webb, Highland, had a pair of bass to 3-6 on plastics at the island near the tire reef. Trout are slow with the most recent DFW plant three weeks ago. The rainbows have been best in Sail Cove and Lots 11 and 12. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics. The bluegill and redear bite has started to improve with fair action in 18 to 25 feet of water. Robert Bates, Banning, had five bluegill to 1-3 on meal worms near the island. No other reports. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. 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: County trout plants last week and three weeks ago and DFW trout went in two and four weeks ago. Overall, the trout bite has been pretty fair with the best action at Launch Ramp No. 2 and adjacent coves and shoreline areas. Best bite has been on salmon or rainbow PowerBait inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent. Sandy Patterson, Temecula, had three trout otalling 4-4. The striper bite is also pretty fair at the inlet, mid-lake, and Ramp 2 areas. Swimbaits and cut baits are both getting fish, but jigging spoons and even some topwater baits have produced. The catfish action has slow with only a few fish showing in the east end, at the buoy line, inlet, and mid-lake. Most are being caught on cut baits with garlic shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel the best bets. Theresa Sandoval, Winchester, landed a 7.7-pound catfish on chicken liver. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair along the south shorelines jigs, plastics, and nightcrawlers. Many fish are starting to move up. The bluegill bite has been very slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing information. Lake level is up with runoff. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: The lake is full thanks to recent rains and runoff, but due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information: fishinglakes.com.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook.

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