Riverside County, March 8 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in three weeks ago, and the bite continues to dwindle 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 again this past week, and the weather seemed to lull the budding largemouth bass bite. Still a few fish showing on plastics and the odd bigger fish on a trout-like swimbait. Stripers are very spotty, but a few are showing on 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, the backside of the island, and east end on plastics in eight to 45 feet of water. Cool weather has kept the bite off. 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 last Wednesday, and the next plant will be March 14. The bite has been spotty around Ramp No. 2, but some fish on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Cali Jimenez, San Jacinto, landed a four-pound rainbow on a nightcrawler. The striper and bass action has improved since the bluestone treatment two weeks ago. 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. Dylan Sprouts, Oceanside, landed two stripers on chicken liver and his best was a 5-4. Catfish and bluegill remain. 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 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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