NEW LAKE RECORD
DAN HOOVER OF HEMET hoists the massive 18½-pound bucketmouth he plucked last week from Lake Perris. The fish, which is now officially a new lake record, was caught on a Chug Bug fished in the east end of the lake.
PERRIS — There have been quite a few massive largemouth weighed throughout SoCal this spring, but few can even come close to touching the 18½-pound bucketmouth caught last week by Dan Hoover of Hemet at Lake Perris.
The catch, which is easily a new lake record for the species, was made in the east end on a Chug Bug, of all things.
“The bass have been hitting topwater lures and purple plastic worms,” said lake staffer Brian Place, “and some nice-sized bass have been coming in from all around the lake.”
In addition to Hoover’s behemoth bass, Manuel Delgado of Hemet also bagged a 10.5-pound largemouth on a topwater bait fished from a boat.
The lake’s panfish have also been on the chew, and according to Place, “Redear have been caught all around the lake on redworms. We have been getting anglers coming in and saying they are limiting out in a few hours while fishing from boats at the island.
“Bluegill are still a little on the slow side, but have also been showing in the east end on crickets and mealworms,” Place added. “Trout are being caught on anything garlic around the north shorelines.”
BIG BASS ARE on the chew at Lake Perris, and here’s another shot of Dan Hoover’s 18½ pounder, in addition to Manuel Delgado’s 10.5-pound largemouth caught on a topwater fished from a boat.