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Diamond Valley Lake’s largemouth on a consistent pattern

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 10, 2018

HEMET — Post-spawn largemouth are not only still biting at DVL, but they have been dialed in on the same pattern and depth range as last week. At Diamond Valley, a pattern lasting a couple days is a rarity, let alone a couple weeks, but that’s the deal at the moment.

rusbybrownsocalRUSTY BROWN, SoCal guide and former WON BASS U.S. Open champion, caught this Diamond Valley Lake bass on a Black Grape Roboworm and said it, “may have been the best-fighting bass I’ve ever caught.”


“DVL is still fishing good for quality 4- to 10-pound fish,” said SoCal guide Rusty Brown. “Drop-shotting 6- and 7-inch Roboworms in Margarita Mutilator, Black Grape and Aaron’s Magic has been working in 15 to 25 feet of water on secondary points and walls around the Saddle Dam, Quarry and Rawson Cove. There is also a developing topwater bite in the mornings and afternoons on Rapala X-Pops and Storm Topwalkers. Look for the birds, and you will find some surface activity.”


There are also some bass hanging in the shallower 5- to 10-foot range, and the majority of those are biting weightless, wacky-rigged Senkos. Bluegill are also biting well for anglers using nightcrawlers or mealworms on a Carolina or drop-shot rig around the Marina or in deeper water along the ladders on any of the lake’s dams.


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