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Hemet: Diamond Valley Lake algae clearing quickly

Bass found in specific zone

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Jun 20, 2019

HEMET — The algae situation is quickly becoming a thing of the past with lake staffers reporting clear water at the launch ramp on June 14. The bass bite is still solid, and it doesn’t take a fish-brain-surgeon to figure them out.

huntingtonbeachHUNTINGTON BEACH ANGLER Cade Smith landed a new personal best largemouth with a 6 pounder he caught at DVL, only to beat it with a 7 later that day. He was fishing with SoCal guide, Rusty Brown.

Huntington Beach anglers Mike and Cade Smith spent a day on DVL with SoCal guide and former WON BASS U.S. Open Champion Rusty Brown.


“We fished all day with Rusty and caught a couple big ones along the dam,” said Mike Smith. “Most were in the back of coves in 20 to 30 feet of water and conditions were perfect. All good quality.”


His son, Cade, set personal bests when he landed largies of 6 and then 7 pounds. The elder Smith also told WON a 7 pounder was reported, according to a Fish and Wildlife agent on the ramp.

Local angler Jeffrey Smith of Hemet also reached out to WON after a recent day on DVL. He reported an “awesome bass bite,” and he combined with a partner for over 20 fish drop-shotting in 20 feet of water.


Over the last few weeks, that 20- to 30-foot zone has been where the better bass are being found and hooked.


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