Southern CA Freshwater

Perris: Bassers finding quality fish deep

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 21, 2019

PERRIS — The algae warning that went out late last week kept non-fishing users off the water but didn’t scare off the angling community. In fact, they were stoked to have most of Lake Perris to themselves lately. Guides powered through and continued taking clients out there, and the water clarity has returned to the lake.

SoCAL GUIDE ART HILL with a solid Lake Perris bass that ate a Yamamoto IKA in 28 feet of water.

Art Hill was one of them, and he topped off a solid outing with a nice largemouth that fell for a Yamamoto IKA in 28 feet of water while prefishing for his guide trip the next day.

“There’s an excellent bite on fat, healthy bass in deeper water,” said Hill. “The water is in the mid 70s, up to 80 in the afternoon, and it’s very clear.”

Hill told WON his clients on that guide trip “flat-out killed it” on IKAs and Senkos in 25 feet of water along the submerged tree line on the south side of the lake. The duo of Dr. Ron Taylor Mount Baldy and his grandson, Jordy of Apple Valley, combined for 16 bass to 4.5 pounds. The good doctor also brought along his fly rod and stuck a big bluegill on a streamer.

Lake Perris was treated for the algae on June 13, and lake staffers told WON that in addition to the solid bass bite — that also produced a 9-plus pounder on plastic a week ago — there is excellent panfish action to be had with both bluegill and redear averaging a pound each.

OH DOCTOR! — Dr. Ron Taylor of Mount Baldy was fishing Lake Perris with guide Art Hill. He and his grandson, Jordy, had solid bass fishing, and the Doctor also pulled out a fly rod to stick this big bluegill on a streamer.

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