Riverside County, March 23 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite very good with spawning fish flooding into the shallows and fanning out nests. Most of the fish are up in less than 15 feet of water and many are in two to three feet of water. Most are smaller fish to three pounds, with a few bigger fish are showing now. The bluegill bite is also improving, although those fish are still in deeper water off the dams, with the ladders the best spots. Trout are fair with the most recent plant last week when 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows went in. 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: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open with the fish mostly in shallow water for the spawn. Many fish are already on beds and the bite is best of small plastics, jigs, and reaction baits. While the bass are showing around the lake, the east end and around the island have been the best spots. Robert Webb, Redlands, had five bass to 5.2 pounds fishing Senkos and plastic worms south of the island, while Mike Her, Oceanside, caught and released 10 bass to 4.6 pounds on plastics, also near the island. The bluegill and redear bites are just starting with most of the fish still off in 12 to 40 feet of water and taking small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. Jerry Munoz, Moreno Valley, had four redear to 1.3 pounds on meal worms in lots 11 and 12. Trout are slow with the most recent DFW plant two weeks ago. The best action for rainbows has been in Sail Cove and Lots 11 and 12. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics. No other reports. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and on schedule to be done by early next year. 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: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open with fish flooding into the shallows for the spawn. The fish are showing all around the lake and are already fanning out beds. The best action has been on plastics and jigs in less than eight feet of water. Channel Sanchez, Temecula, had a pair of bass that weighed a total of 8.7 pounds. Final county trout plant of the season is this week, and there were county fish delivered two and four weeks ago. DFW trout went in last week and three weeks ago. The bluegill bite also started to improve, but most of the fish remain in deeper water with the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits. Overall, the trout bite has been fair to good with the best action at Launch Ramp No. 2 and adjacent coves and east end shoreline areas. Best bite has been on PowerBait inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent, small tube jigs, and trout Power Worms. The striper bite is also fair to good 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. Lake Skinner is currently 85 percent of capacity. 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: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

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