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Perris: Solid bass bite at Lake Perris

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Jun 13, 2019

PERRIS – Lake Perris is currently featuring a surface elevation of 1,586 feet, and full pool is 1,588. That bodes well for summer conditions, and when it comes up that final two feet, it will be the first time the lake has been full since 2004.

GOOD PRANK – Michael Craig of Prankster Lures has been doing well at Lake Perris on reaction baits. Here’s a nice chunk that fell for a spinnerbait of his own design.

Perris is in SoCal guide Rusty Brown’s regular rotation, and he had nothing but good to say about the bass fishing there in his last transmission to Western Outdoor News.

“The bite is solid,” said Brown. “Drop-shotting 6-inch Roboworms in Bold Bluegill is the ticket for better fish in 10 to 15 feet (of water) on deeper outside bushes. Texas rigging 7-inch in Aaron’s Magic/Red Flake is really good also.”

Brown went on to tab Rock Climber’s Cove, the Island and Water Slide Point as hot areas. Visibility is better at 3 to 7 feet in the 65- to 73-degree water.

Art Hill is another guide that has been doing well out there. In his big-picture report to WON, he got specific with the arsenal and playbook: “Limit fishing” in 20 to 25 feet of water using Yamamoto Ikas and CRL jigs on 12-pound Seaguar Invizx on Daiwa Ballistic reels paired with Dobyns Champion XP rods. He said the South Shore has been his most productive area.

Michael Craig of Prankster Lures is a regular at Lake Perris, and he’s been doing well on numbers, primarily on overcast days.

“It’s good if you get there before the June Gloom clears,” he said. “I’ve managed a fish over 4 pounds on each trip last week on reaction baits, but my partner is using plastic shallow for some nice ones, too.”

On the panfish stage, both bluegill and redear are biting worms are a pretty good clip. Top spots for that are the Marina Docks, Tire Reef and all around the Island.

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