Southern CA Freshwater

Lake Perris bass in all stages of spawn

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Apr 10, 2019

PERRIS — It’s a term WON readers should get used to over the next month, and it’s already happening at Lake Perris where largemouth bass are currently in “all stages of the spawn.”

PASO ROBLES ANGLER Gary Elliott had a great day dropping Roboworms and Senkos at Lake Perris with SoCal guide, Rusty Brown.

“The water is significantly clearer as the algae bloom clears up,” said Perris regular David Clay. “I saw fish on beds, but I’m still catching structure fish as they stage, and I even saw beds that were used and abandoned.”

Clay even saw largemouth fry in the shallows of Rock Climber’s Cove and in the brush in the East End of the lake. He caught a couple prespawners, says he’s averaging about 8 fish per day with the biggest model in recent outings a 6.25 pounder.

A little bit of everything is working: creature baits, blades, stickbaits, drop-shots, underspins, paddletails and underspins should all be close at hand at Perris right now.

Danny Uribe (UribeFishing.com) got back out there in his kayak and ended up just short of 30 fish for the day. He found plenty of shallow fish, but also found biters in 15 to 25 feet. Uribe was fishing with Texas-rigged Power Worms, and he said the better fish were found deep.

SoCal guide Rusty Brown isn’t performing vascular surgery out there either as a simple two-pronged attack with drop-shots and Senkos is getting the job done for his clients.

Marina Staffers and reports to WON are suggesting both brands of Perris panfish are biting with bluegill still hanging deep, but redear are shallower. Both will eat a jig tipped with a mealworm. No follow-up striped bass were reported after a 20-plus pounder was caught last week on a fly trolled 55 feet deep near the dam.

LAKE PERRIS STRIPERS are rare, but those that are caught tend to be big ones. Here, Kenny Baldwin of Producer Plugs releases a 20-pound, 2-ounce tanker that ate one of his trolled Producer Flies 55 feet down.

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