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Hemet: Diamond Valley Lake bass anglers working through hot, clear conditions

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Aug 01, 2019

HEMET — Anglers plying the waters of Diamond Valley Lake are dealing with a variety of tough environmental conditions, but some of those prepared for it are able to power through and connect to fish. Heat, high winds — or the complete lack of them — and monsoonal moisture have all been part of the equation.

“We fished in very hot, monsoon conditions, and we thought we were going to melt,” said local guide Art Hill, who had a couple clients out from Minnesota. “There was zero wind, and the water was like glass, 79 degrees and crystal clear.”


whilevisitingbradWHILE VISITING FROM Minnesota, 14-year-old Carter hit DVL with SoCal guide, Art Hill, with his grandpa, Brad Van Horn. Among their combined bag was a 3.5-pound largemouth caught by Carter, and a nice smallmouth bagged by Brad.

All fish caught that day by Minnesotans Brad Van Horn and his 14-year-old grandson, Carter, were caught on Martens Madness Roboworms on a drop-shot rig in coves along the south shore. Brad caught several largemouth and a nice smallie, and the biggest bass of the day went to Carter who stuck a 3.5 pounder.

“There were very few anglers on the lake with the high heat, but the weather did not hamper the bite, said Hill. “If you can handle the heat, the fish will bite.”

Rolando Pino is another DVL regular, but he had a tougher go at it. He did manage a few including a 4-pound bass that ate the topwater he was throwing near the eucalyptus trees. The handful of fish he caught over the course of the day came on Z-Man Finesse Shadz on a drop-shot worked in deeper 20 to 35 feet of water off west-side points.

Other reports to WON show other baits and tactics that can get the job done include bigger worms on a Texas rig, buzz baits, bluegill-pattern wake baits and walking topwater stuff.

Depending on location and time of day, water temps range from 72 to 82 degrees, and it’s very clear all over.

On the striped bass scene, Hemet-based striper guide Mike Southerland says fishing is fair with a “two-fish average per four-hour session.” He’s trolling flies on leadcore line (flycoring) from 7 to 10 colors, and most biters are in the 4- to 6-pound range.

“Fish are scattered throughout the lake, and there’s not many schools,” said Southerland.

HOT WEATHER DIDN’T keep Rolano Pino from popping these DVL chunks.

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