Riverside County, May 31 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 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. The fish are showing from 4 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. Jay Saremaster, Perris, landed three bluegill to 2 pounds on nightcrawlers at the island. 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. Ryder Elsworth, Calimesa, caught an 8-pound bass in Sail Cove on a nightcrawler. No 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. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The lake will be closed to fishing June 1-3 for the annual Balloon and Wine Festival. 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. Oz Salas, San Diego, landed a 5-pound striper at the inlet on mackerel. Michael Gonzales, Oceanside, had a 7-pound striper at the inlet on chicken liver. Jerry Munoz, Hacienda Heights, landed a 6-pound catfish on chicken live at the cove near Ramp 2, while Michelle Cadence, 6, Hemet, had a 5-6 catfish on anchovies at the inlet. 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 last week and the next plant is set for June 4. Bluegill are fair to good on red worms, wax worms, nightcrfawlers, and small jigs at Ramp No. 1 and across from the marina. 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook.

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