Southern CA Freshwater

Lake Perris bass firing, big bluegills a nice bonus

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 07, 2018

PERRIS — The bass spawn at Lake Perris came late, and when it arrived, it didn’t measure up to the fishing going on at comparable SoCal fisheries, but the post-spawn bite has been fantastic. Anglers ranging from local guides, to lake regulars to international bassers have been getting in on the action.


LAKE PERRIS GAVE up quality bass to 6.47 pounds for Sandy Murayama of Lucky Craft and Yuri Kato who came all the way from Japan to fish with SoCal guide, Art Hill.

SoCal guide Art Hill’s clients included a couple gentlemen from Japan which included a Lucky Craft staffer Sandy Murayama, who brought along Yuri Kato, who not only popped his first American bass, but he scored a new personal best.

“It was a very good day at Perris,” said Hill. “We had heavy cloud clover in the early morning and 70-degree water, and we found a reaction bite. The two guys caught several fish on Lucky Craft crankbaits at the island and along the south shoreline.”

Hill said the sun broke through around noon, and the bite improved as the temperature went up. They found quality bass holding tight to the base of submerged trees willing to inhale a variety of soft plastics.

qualitybluegillQUALITY BLUEGILL HAVE also been cooperating at Perris. Riley caught this one and bass to 4 pounds on a recent outing.

“At around 4 p.m. as we were finishing our day, Yuri Kato set the hook on a big fish at the Island, and after a long fight on 5-pound line, he finally landed a 6.47-pound bass. It was a personal best, just one day after catching his first American largemouth.”

Pete Marino was another guide out there, and he told WON he he put his client on 31 bass with the best four weighing over 24 pounds. That haul included 17 bass over four pounds.

“Civilians” were getting them, too. Mentone angler and manufacturer of Prankster wooden baits fishes Perris as much as anyone, and while he said he’s finding up-and-down fishing from one day to the next, he’s getting “nothing bit good ones up to six pounds” along the South Shore in front of the tress. He’s also getting huge bluegill all over the lake on small jigs in the 70-degree water. Norco anglerette Riley Kotich ran into good numbers of bass to 4 pounds and some quality bluegill of her own.

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