Riverside County, Nov. 16 Report

DIAMOND VALLEY: The first trout plant of the season was slated to go in Thursday this week — a stock of 4,000 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows. The striped bass bite continues to improve for anglers trolling flies or other shad-like lures and casting swimbaits, and the trout plant should bring up some big fish. The stripers have been showing at the inlet-outlet tower and along the west dam. The marina will be giving away a free annual pass for the biggest striped bass weighed in at the marina in November. The leader in this little competition is a 17.26-pound striper landed by Ly Thuy. The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair, but slowing. The largemouth bass are steady still showing cranks and swimbaits morings, but on drop-shot plastics in deeper water the rest of the day. While most are smaller right now, a few fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. The bluegill are running up to a pound, and they have been best on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits. The top spots have been the ladders on the dams for boat anglers and the second cove to the right of the marina for shore anglers. The catfish bite is slow with little pressures. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. 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 bite slowed for the second week in a row with mostly slow action on the bass, bluegill, and redear, and even worse action on other species. There is a slow to fair bite on small bass off the backside of the island and around the marina, mostly on plastics and nightcrawlers. Kenneth Thompson, Hemet, caught a four-pound bass off the marina dock on a nightcrawler. The redear and bluegill have become very spotty off the marina dock and the backside of the island, the Tire Reef, and at the dam. No catfish, carp, or striper reports this week, and there is no word on when trout plants will start from DFW. 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 trout plant of the season was Nov. 8 and the next plant will be Nov. 22. The bite for the rainbows was fair over the weekend, but has slowed since as the fish get caught and disperse. The catfish bite is still the highlight of the fishing here, with fair to good this past week at the dam/inlet area, Catfish Alley, and around both launch ramps. Best baits continue to be cut baits (chicken liver, sardines, anchovies). Frank Gomez, Temecula, had an 11.7-pound catfish from Catfish Alley on chicken liver and anchovies. The striper bite has been fair with a decent bite in the morning and late afternoon at the dam and along the north shore. Still some topwater, but most fish showing on cut baits or shad. The largemouth bite remains fair on plastics, cranks, and some on topwater, especially in the Ramp No. 1 area and along the north shore. An eight-pound largemouth was caught by Andrew Martinez, Oceanside, on a nightcrawler off the north shore. The bluegill bite is slow with only a few fish showing along the north shore. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. For fishing 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: First trout plant of the season was this past week, and trout to three pounds have been caught, including a $50-tagged fish. Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook.

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