Southern CA Freshwater

Perris: Bass improving, big bluegill picking up

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Oct 02, 2019

PERRIS — It’s been an up and down transition period at Lake Perris as summer gives way to fall, but fishing for largemouth bass is (again) moving in the right direction. Panfish have also snuck back on to the scene with good numbers of bigger bluegill biting.


LAKE PERRIS KICKED out a bunch of big bluegill for Sonny de la Torre who was using jigs tipped with mealworms or crickets.

“The bite is pretty decent on topwater walking baits or white 1/4-ounce buzzbaits early in the East End and around the Island,” said SoCal guide Rusty Brown. “Grass is really good this year with lots of bait in it: baby bass, baby bluegill and also some shad and silversides.”

Brown went on to suggest drop-shotting 4.5-inch Roboworms in Bold Bluegill or Oxblood Light Red Flake in 10 to 20 feet of water around Rock Climber Cove, around the Island and throughout the East End.

Bluegill have been on a hot bite, and some bigger models have been biting for anglers targeting them with jigs, crickets or worms. Angler Sonny de la Torre beat up a good number of quality ‘gills using custom jigs tipped with crickets or mealworms. Productive panfish areas include the Marina, Sail Cove, Island and dam.

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