Riverside County, May 17 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good, but many fish have backed away from the shorelines. The bite is best on plastics, swimbaits, or nightcrawlers. The bluegill, redear, and catfish bites also starting to improve, especially the panfish. The action has been along most shorelines with the fish in spawning mode. Trout are very slow, and the last 3,500-pound trout plant of the season was over a month ago. Stripers also slow, but a few have been reported by trollers. 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 has continued very good with a lot of fish showing all around the lake in the recently flooded cover is six to 25 feet of water. The backside of the island and the east end are probably the best areas. Plastics, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers are all getting fish. The bluegill and redear have really turned on with very good action and a lot of quality fish showing on red worms, meal worms, and wax worms. Top spots have been the tire reef, the dam, and east end. Darren Favors, San Bernardino, had a mixed stringer of redear, bluegill, and bass, all caught on red worms behind the island. His best fish was a 2-pound redear. A few crappie have been reported in the past week from the north side of the lake. Michael Long, Long Beach, had two crappie at 1-8 each on crappie jigs with Crappie Nibbles. Carp are pretty good for the handful of anglers targeting them. The lake level continues to come up. Catfish and trout slow. 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, this Saturday. The event includes a free barbecue for the kids. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The striper action has been pretty good this past week in the mouths of most coves and at Ramp No. 2. Chicken liver, anchovies, sardines, mackerel, and shad are the top baits. Brandon Smythe, Temecula, had a 6-5 stripers on a chunk of chicken liver at the inlet. The largemouth bass bite been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. There are even fish showing on topwater frogs and jerk baits now. Ron Muniz, Temecula, landed an eight-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler in Catfish Alley. Bluegill are fair to good on red worms, wax worms, nightcrfawlers, and small jigs at Ramp No. 1 and across from the marina. Other species have been slow with few reports. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report from the 6th Annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be this weekend, 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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