Riverside County, May 24 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good on plastics, swimbaits, or nightcrawlers. The early morning topwater bite is also starting. 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. Stripers have also improved in the past week, and there were stripers at 15-8 and 14 pounds caught Friday by Martin Tochtrip and Darren Hall, respectively. The bigger fish are showing on big swimbaits early in the day. 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 bite has been good to excellent over the past week (longer, actually). The fish are showing from four to 35 feet of water, with the bigger fish in deeper water. Top spots have been all the shorelines with flooded brush (the entire east end these days) or rip-rap at the dam and marina areas. The backside of the island has also been very good. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all be good, and many anglers are fishing small jigs tipped with bait. Milo and Elaine Dickerhoff, Artesia, had 34 bluegill up to two pounds fishing jigs and crickets. Dean Takeuchi, Riverside, had a limits of 25 bluegill from the backside of the island on crickets and red worms. Sonny de la Torre, Riverside, had bluegill to 2-plus pounds this week slow trolling small jigs tipped with bait in the east end. The largemouth bass bite has continued good with a lot of fish showing all around the lake in the recently flooded cover is 6 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 also getting fish. Gabe Stroope, Hemet, landed a 4-6 bass off the marina docks on a Senko. No more crappie reports this week, but there were a couple of catfish reports and anglers targeting carp are doing pretty well. The lake level continues to come up. 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 overall bite has been fair to good for all species right now, with stripers, largemouth, bluegill and catfish all showing in pretty decent numbers. The striper action has been best at the inlet, dam, and mid-lake points, with the fish mostly in deeper water except early in the morning. Chicken liver, anchovies, and other cut baits have been best, but some on shad-like cranks and swimbaits early. Michael Gonzales, Oceanside, had a 7-pound striper at the inlet on chicken liver, while Brian Cruder, Wildomar, landed a 4-4, also at the inlet, on mackerel. The largemouth bass bite been best on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. There are even fish showing on topwater frogs and jerk baits now, and the best bite has been early mornings. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves early and late in the day on cut baits doused with garlic scent. There was a 400-pound catfish plant May 11 and the next plant was slated for Friday this week. Joey Santiago, Lake Elsinore, landed an 8-pound catfish to top off his three-fish stringer, all on chicken liver from the cove by Ramp No. 2. Bluegill are fair to good on red worms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs at Ramp No. 1 and across from the marina. Annual Balloon and Wine Festival is June 1-3, and the lake will be closed to fishing during that event. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. 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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