Southern CA Freshwater

Largemouth and striper quality climbing at Diamond Valley Lake

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 13, 2017

HEMET — Diamond Valley Lake has been putting up great numbers of smaller bass and decent numbers of schoolie stripers, and while the numbers have started to waver from one day to the next, the quality of both species seems to be trending in the right direction.


GUIDE TODD KLINE put multiple clients on quality DVL fish this week, Martin Contreras (top photo) and Ed Vanderfilet. The Contreras fish was over 7 pounds, and it ate a 6-inch Roboworm off a main lake point.

“Fishing was a tad slower on numbers this week, but it did produce some really solid fish,” said guide Todd Kline ( “We are fishing in 25 to 40 feet of water with 6-inch Roboworms on a drop-shot. The water is pretty clear with about 10 to 12 feet of visibility while temps range from 78 to 83 in the afternoon. I am seeing a ton of bait on the meter and near shore, and once temps cool a bit, it’s going to bust open.”

Sun City angler Javier Franco and Joe Edmonds of Palm Desert also ran into the same fewer-fish –but-better-quality fishing on Diamond Valley.

“Even though we got off to a slow start, we managed to find some good quality bass ranging from 2 to 6 pounds,” said Franko. “I lost a giant on a 4G Bait bladed jig, and all the other fish came on True Image Custom Worms that perfectly matched the abundant bait.”

Local guide Mike Southerland of Hemet is still teeing off on striped bass with his signature Flycoring technique (trolling his own flies on leadcore line) and in doing so, he also picks up largemouth and is also seeing bigger green bass when he does.

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