Riverside County, May 18 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite is fair to good on Senkos, Ikas, small jigs, and drop-shot plastics with the fish still in eight to 25 feet of water. Lost of fish to five pounds. The final trout plant of the season, 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows, went in four weeks ago. The action has been slow to fair with most of the fish being landed showing near the marina. The bluegill bite has been improving with very good action in the shallows (less than 15 feet of water) and showing in good numbers on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The dam ladders are the top spots. Catfish are showing in fair to good numbers, mostly at the dams and in most coves on frozen anchovies or mackerel. The striper bite has been slow, but some fish are still showing 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 www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The bluegill and redear bites are good with a lot of fish still up spawning. Many fish in less than eight feet of water, and the action is best on small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. John Walters, Moreno Valley, had six bluegill to 1.8 pounds on meal worms and nightcrawlers. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with some fish starting to show on topwater early and late in the day and plastics the rest of the time. Bobby Leeper, Hemet, had a 2.8-pound bass on a drop-shot nightcrawler off the marina docks. Anglers targeting carp are again reporting some nice fish on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Miyra Meeks, Perris, landed a 17.3-pound carp on corn dough bait at the marina docks. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. Also no catfish reports. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled 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 first catfish plant of the season was May 12, and the catfish bite has been fair to good. Most anglers are using chicken liver, anchovies, or Gulp! catfish bait in the Ramp No. 2 area. The dam area and most coves are producing cats now. Vicky Smith, Temecula, landed a 7.8-pound catfish on anchovies off the south shore. Stripers are also pretty fair with some better fish starting to show on umbrella rigs, topwater baits, and even nightcrawlers. The east end and the inlet are the top spots. Stephen Ty Yang, Long Beach, had a 9.7-pound striper on sardines at the inlet. Andy Tyson, Oceanside, landed a six-pounder striper on a Zara Spook in the east end. The largemouth bite is also pretty good on dark plastics and nightcrawlers around most of the lake on structure. The bluegill bite hasnít really recovered since the bluestone application two weeks ago, but some fish are starting to show again at the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Fair to good catfish action. Lake level is up with runoff. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.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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