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Stripers highlight Diamond Valley Lake’s mixed bag

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Feb 08, 2018

HEMET —  Uncharacteristic of mid February, there is some respectable multi-species action going on at Diamond Valley Lake right now. Numbers aren’t setting the world on fire for any of them, but the quality is there across the board.

hemetangleraaronHEMET ANGLER AARON COPADO stuck two double-digit stripers on Lunker Punkers fished from shore in Diamond Valley Lake’s East End. This one went 15 pounds, the other was 12.

Lake regular Aaron Copado of Hemet headlines this report with a pair of striped bass that tipped the scale at 15 and 12 pounds. Both ate a Lunker Punker fished from shore in the East End. Guide Mike Southerland was strolling flies on leaddcore (flycoring) for stripers when he connected to a 6.75-pound largemouth, and trout to 8 pounds are still eating jigs and floating baits offered by shore anglers for the most part. Riverside angler Austin Brown used an Ultralight Heavyweights jig near the East Dam to fool a 7.9-pound rainbow.

SoCal guide Rusty Brown is finding largemouth to 4 pounds by patrolling the 25- to 35-foot depth zones with shakey heads, jigs, and 7-inch purple worms on a Texas rig, and he said the water temp is warming up to just under 65 degrees.

If that’s not enough, guide Mark Franko told Western Outdoor News that there is a solid bluegill bite going on in deeper water around the stairways on each of the dams. He says to send mealworms down 40 feet over each stairway, and if one doesn’t work, move on to the next.

socaltroutcartelSOCAL TROUT CARTEL member Austin Brown of Riverside popped this 7.9-pound DVL rainbow on an Ultralight Heavyweights jig.

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