Southern CA Freshwater

Small shad spark reaction bite at San Vicente

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 07, 2017

Drop-shots still in play

LAKESIDE — Drop-shotting in deeper water for clone 2-pound bass has become a signature trait of San V since it reopened. While it almost always produces, local anglers get bored with it and prefer a quicker-paced attack, and who can blame them? The good news is, catching bass with baits that are not necessarily soft and squishy has been improving.

“Topwater has been decent early with buzzbaits and small walking baits in American shad, sexy shad and bone near the Toll Road arm,” said guide Rusty Brown. “A lot of small bait is around, so topwater baits should be at most 3 or 4 inches. The drop-shot bite has also been good in 25 to 40 feet with Roboworms in Margarita Mutilator, Bold Bluegill, Oxblood and Aaron’s Magic.”

That deep drop-shot pick has been solid at that depth for weeks, and there has been sporadic activity in the shallows on weightless Flukes or underspins. Frogs should also be included with the current topwater bite as decent catches on them are appearing in fish reports with increasing frequency.

Officials at San Vicente indicated that the bluegill bite is very good in grassy areas all over the lake, and most are quality hand-sized models that are willingly snapping up mealworms or pieces of nightcrawler on a split-shot rig or under a bobber.

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