Southern CA Freshwater

Perris: Largemouth bounce back

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Jul 11, 2019

PERRIS — Bass fishing has much improved after an off week, and anglers are back to putting up decent numbers and respectable 5-bass limits.

“I was out there with a client, and once again, it was very good,” said SoCal guide, Art Hill. We had limit-style fishing on bass to 3 pounds fishing early in 15 feet of water, then moving out to 20 feet once the sun burned off the overcast.”

beaumontanglerBEAUMONT ANGLER Jerry Heimann with a quality Perris chunk he landed while fishing with guide Art Hill.

Hill has been taking a meat-and-potatoes approach with Yamamoto Senkos and Ikas, and he’s been focusing on the southern submerged tree line and Rock Climber’s Cove. His client also wanted to go after another species Perris is known for.

“They also wanted to catch bluegill, and using mealworms on a drop-shot rig, they caught plenty,” added Hill. “The trick was to located the big schools of them in 20 to 25 feet of water and drop your bait on top of them. It was pretty much a fish per drop.”

Another guide, Rusty Brown, told Western Outdoor News the bite is solid on topwater walking baits early in the East End, and drop-shotting 6-inch Robo­worms in Bold Bluegill and Folkstad Special for better fish in the 10- to 20-foot zone outside of bushes.

“Texas rigging 7-inch Aaron’s Magic/red flake is really good also, and Rock Climber’s, the Island and Waterslide Point are hot,” said Brown.

The water continues to clear up, and water temperature has ranged from 68 to 75 degrees.

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