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Big trout plant at Diamond Valley Lake

BY MIKE STEVEN/WON Staff Writer Published: Apr 20, 2018

Bite sketchy, largemouth fishing excellent.

HEMET — Another hefty 3,500-pound load of Mount Lassen trout went in on April 10, but fishing was not wide open like it has been after all previous plants this season.Largemouth bass action is still excellent with impressive 5-fish weights being reported, and striped bass finally bounces back a bit after a couple quiet weeks.

dannyuribeDANNY URIBE WITH a couple samples from his “five best” DVL bass that weighed totaled over 30 pounds.

Danny Uribe can’t seem to stay out of these reports, and he recently scored again at DVL with a solid haul that include “five best” for 30 pounds. All his bass were caught on Senkos in 10 feet of water on 10-pound fluorocarbon and his own Uribe M1 Riverside rods.

“They were mostly post-spawn fish, but there are a lot still up on beds,” said Uribe. “I threw the Hudd and missed a good one and saw some stripers boiling on small bait. They were up and down really quick over in Catfish Cove. Secondary points were holding all the larger fish.”

Another impressive largemouth was a 6 pounder caught by Frank Smith of El Cajon who was whipping a Ju Jig on a 5-weight fly rod for trout from shore near the Marina. He did manage to catch a big trout on that setup, too, but trout reports were off a bit compared to previous stock weeks this season. It seemed like the biters were all quality models, there just weren’t that many of them, and anglers really had to work to hook up. One Western Outdoor News source said the water felt on the warm side, and that would pretty much explain the slow trout bite.

A few decent striped bass were caught including Lunker Punker fish eating up top, and lake staffers said bluegill and catfish are also biting.


FLY-ROD FRANK — El Cajon angler Frank Smith caught this 6-pound-class largemouth and a quality Mount Lassen rainbow on a Ju Jig whipped on a fly rod at Diamond Valley Lake.

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