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Diamond Valley Lake trout plant includes Lightning Trout

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Mar 06, 2019

Stripers play ball following plant

HEMET — The trout bite has been predictably blazing after 3,000 pounds of them were delivered before the lake opened on the morning of Feb. 27. That plant included 500 pounds of Lightning Trout, and it seemed like they were most willing to bite right off the bat. What isn’t predictable is how resident striped bass would react: they’re always around and active, but they don’t always bite.

This time, however, they did.

lighteningtroutwere420LIGHTNING TROUT WERE part of the last trout stock at Diamond Valley Lake, and Tyler Ashford was able to score this nice one.

DVL regular Jesse Mena of Hemet led the charge as he often does when it comes to big stripers. He boated a 26.54 pounder that inhaled a Matt­lures DeadTwitch early in the morning on stock day in the third cove from the Marina. He had a couple more swirls on his lure, but that was all he landed that day.

That fish beat out a very impressive lineside bagged by Riverside angler Dominic Lane, who was throwing a swimbait near the Marina when he connected to a striper that tipped the scale at just under 19 pounds.

Also scoring was Hemet-based guide Mike Southerland, who rang the bell with stripers of 7 and 5.6 pounds while “flycoring” along the South Shore. Said Southerland, “The stripers are moving around a lot.”

As indicated above, business as usual on the trout scene. WON was bombarded with on-the-spot photos of stoked anglers hoisting up quality Lightning Trout that committed suicide on minijigs. Bait and metal anglers also got their fill, and most of it was going on around the points and in the coves nearest the Marina. This bite remained sold through press time, and putting together limits over the next week or two should be quite doable, but plan on the bite to lean more in favor of the bait dunkers in weeks three and four following the plant.

The water is still pretty chilly, and largemouth are holding their positions in 20 to 30 feet of water. Most biters are coming in drop-shots or jigs, but prior to the series of storms that lined up over the last few weeks, there was a lot of evidence of shallow fish trending toward pre-spawn. That being said, it might just take one bluebird week to get that back on track.

LIFE IN THE FAST LANE — Dominic Lane fooled this swimbait eater near the Diamond Valley Lake’s Marina, and it tipped the scale at just under 19 pounds.

hemetbasedHEMET-BASED GUIDE Mike Southerland with stripers of 7 and 5.6 pounds caught via flycoring along the South Shore.

THIS 26.45-POUND DVL striper inhaled a MattLures DeadTwitch offered by Hemet angler Jesse Mena.

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