Riverside County, March 9 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite is good and improving. Most bass are up in less than 15 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. Trout were very good after the big plant two weeks ago, but rainbow to five pounds continue to be landed in dwindling numbers. 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 warm weather this week has really turned on the bass and panfish bites here this week. The largemouth are mostly showing in less than 10 feet of water in the east of the lake and off Lots 11 and 12 for both shore, float tube, and boat anglers, with plastic worms fished drop-shot or Texas-rigged styles. Also some action on shallow running cranks. Robert Lewis, San Diego, had a 4.2-pound bass on a shallow-running crank. William Robinson, Moreno Valley, had three bass to 3.2 pounds on off the east side of the island on plastics. The best bluegill bite has also moved off lots 11 and 12 in a little deeper water than the bass with most in 10 to 20 feet of water and showing on red worms or meal worms, fished by themselves or on the tip of a jig. John Walters, Banning, had three bluegill to 1.1 pound. Trout are slow, but a DFW plant this week should perk this action. The most recent previous plant was four 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. 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 this week, two and four weeks ago and DFW trout went in last week and three 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, small tube jigs, and trout Power Worms. Greg Cook, Elsinore, had five trout with a total stringer weight of 4.1 pounds fishing nightcrawlers near Ramp No. 2. 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. Robert Patterson of Chino Hills had a pair of stripers totaling 6.6 pounds fishing shad at the buoy line.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. The largemouth bass bite has been fair and picking up rapidly with the warm weather, especially along the south shoreline areas on jigs, plastics, and nightcrawlers. Many fish are starting to move up. The bluegill bite also started to improve, but most of the fish remain in deeper water with the buoy line area the best bet. 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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