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Monster bass highlights Diamond Valley Lake’s return to form

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 15, 2017

HEMET — Water clarity has returned to Diamond Valley Lake after what seemed like a month of anglers dealing with anything from green-tinged water to moss so bad anglers avoid the lake rather than get it in their guides, reels and boat hardware. Whole even under those conditions, there were still bass to be found, anglers are enjoying a better bite as the reservoir returns to form.


cliffordsbiggreenCLIFFORD’S BIG GREEN BASS — San Diego angler Mark Clifford knuckled down on this 12.30-pound Diamond Valley Lake largemouth that ate a 10-inch Texas-rigged worm in some shallow brush.


Big news came in the form of a monster bass that was recently checked in. San Diego angler Mark Clifford used a 10-inch Texas-rigged plastic worm in some shallow, flooded brush in DVL’s southwest end and wound up boating a 12.30-pound largemouth. In recent reports to WON, Matt Magnone of Last Chance Bait and Tackle in Hemet has regularly included big worms on a Texas rig as something to be on hand when chasing DVL’s green bass.


“There’s zero algae slop, lake’s clear,” said Matt Magnone.


He got out there a couple times, and on his first recent outing, he ran into a bunch of 12- to 15-inch largemouth with some fish to 5 pounds. Magnone employed Senkos in any watermelon-based color, Texas-rigged worms and small swimbaits.


“If you have kids and want to take them up to the lake to get them hooked, now’s the perfect as the Senko bite was a little on the ‘WFO’ side,” he said. “Fish are on the bank to 40-feet deep with my better fish coming out of 20 to 25 feet.”


Back at the following day, Magnone hit a selected spot and proceeded to pop five 4 pounders on five casts. Keeping in mind that the best bite has been early at DVL, he left the spot to see how many times he could replicate that bite at other spots before the sun got too high. While that first spot of his was clearly the best, he still did well over the next couple hours.


“It felt like I straight up won the Bassmaster Classic right then and there,” said Magnone. “Then I made the mistake of leaving biters to find more. Oops.”


Fishing for Diamond Valley’s resident striped bass and catfish has been slow, but panfish action has also been hot. Mealworms has been the hot bait along any of the dams or in the second cove to the right of the Marina.


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