Riverside County, May 25 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 with a lot of fish to five or six pounds. The bluegill bite has been good, with most fish in less than 15 feet of water and showing 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 fair to good with most of the fish in 10 to 12 feet of water and showing on small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. No limits reported, but some nice stringers of quality fish. Travis Walker, San Jacinto, had seven bluegill and redear to 1.9 pounds on red worms around the island, while Justin Long, Moreno Valley, had six bluegill and redear to 1.6 pounds on nightcrawlers and red worms off the marina docks. 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. Roger Gonzalez, Riverside, had three bass to 4.2 pounds on drop-shot Robo Worms in the southeast end of the lake. Anglers targeting carp are reporting some nice fish on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. 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. Greg Rivas, Moreno Valley, landed a 6.3-pound catfish on mackerel off the south shoreline, while Zack Myers, San Diego, had a 4.7-pounder at ramp No. 2 on a nigthcrawler. 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. The largemouth bite is also pretty good on dark plastics and nightcrawlers around most of the lake on structure. The topwater and reaction bait bite is also starting to take off with quit a few rat and frog fish this past week. Wendy Zuckerman, San Dimas, landed a 5.2-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler in the east end. The bluegill bite hasn’t 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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