Riverside County, March 22 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in Tuesday last week, and the bite has pretty good around the marina ever since. The best action has been on small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails. 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: The largemouth bass bite is breaking open with fair action and flurries of good fishing on nice weather days. The fish are mostly up shallow now for the spawn and building nests. Quite a few fish to six pounds or more reported. Scott Lopez, Perris, had a 4.5-pound bass on a 2-pound test off the marina docks. The dam, the backside of the island, and east end have been the hot spots, but these is a ton of flooded brush along most shorelines in the east end and access to fish deep in the cover is tough. The bluegill are slow again this week. 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. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The bass bite has broken wide open with the fish shallow for the spawn and which most baits, but especially small plastics and reaction baits. Ryan Christensen, Winchester, landed a 7-4 bass, while Mike Chandler, Temecula, caught a 6-2. The bigger bluegill are starting to show in 15-plus feet of water on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and jigs tipped with was worms. 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. Trout were planted last week and the final plant of the season will be next week. Fair bite at Ramp No. 2 and inlet on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. 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. The 6th Annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be May 5-6 with $15,000 in cash and prizes. 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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